CORPUS CHRISTI — Kannon Burrage, Michael Hale III and Jeromie Hill combined for 59 points and head coach Brooks Thompson picked up UTSA career win No. 100 in a 75-45 victory at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Friday night at the American Bank Center.
The win was the fourth straight against the Islanders (1-8) in Corpus Christi and it marked the largest margin of victory for the Roadrunners (4-6) since a 115-49 victory over Jarvis Christian on Jan. 25 of last season.
Burrage led all players with 21 points and seven rebounds, as the East Moline, Ill., native registered his second straight and fourth 20-point outing of the season.
Hale III added 20 on 7-of-13 shooting from the floor for his second 20-point game of the year and fourth of his UTSA career. The Federal Way, Wash., native also dished out a game-high six assists and posted a pair of steals.
Hill made 7-of-12 from the field en route to 18 points and he added five boards to help the Roadrunners record a 39-24 edge on the glass. Thirteen of the rebounds were on the offensive end, which led to 15 second-chance points.
UTSA built a large lead early and never let up in snapping a five-game losing streak, its longest since the 2010-11 campaign.
Hale III scored 11 points on the strength of three early long-distance connections to help stake UTSA to a 20-6 lead through the first eight minutes.
The Islanders trimmed the deficit to eight when Will Nelson found Nate Maxey for an alley-oop that made it 26-18 at the 5:43 mark.
UTSA responded with eight unanswered points, six by Burrage, over the next three and a half minutes to push the advantage to 34-18. A layup by Hill off a nice feed from Corpus Christi native Tank Mayberry one minute later handed the Birds their largest lead of the frame at 36-19.
The Roadrunners used a 14-6 run early in the second half to extend their lead to 22.
Hale drilled another 3-pointer after an offensive rebound by Edrico McGregor that gave UTSA a 48-30 edge. Hyjii Thomas then skied to the rim for a slam dunk and, after a missed shot at the other end, Burrage was fouled and drained both free throws to make it 52-30 with 13:33 on the clock.
The lead grew to 26 on a fast-break dunk by Hill off a feed from Thomas at the 8:37 mark and reached its largest margin when Burrage knocked down a pair of technical foul free throws that made it 72-37 with 3:27 left.
Meanwhile, The Birds held the Islanders scoreless for a 6:51 stretch during what was a 12-0 run. A free throw Zane Knowles with 6:28 remaining to end the drought that started after a Nelson layup at the 13:19 mark.
Nelson led the Islanders with 13 points and seven rebounds, while Joy Williamson added 11. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi shot just 34.7 percent, including 1-of-8 (12.5 percent) from beyond the arc.
The Roadrunners will return to action next Saturday, Dec. 29, when they host Utah State (7-1) in their first-ever Western Athletic Conference game. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Convocation Center.