SAN ANTONIO — Hyjii Thomas scored a career-high 23 points, but Will Adams’ desperation 3-pointer banked in at the buzzer left to give McMurry a 73-71 victory at UTSA on Monday at the Convocation Center.
Thomas, who topped his career high for the third consecutive game, registered six field goals and knocked down 10 free throws to go along with seven rebounds, a pair of assists and two steals. The senior from Houston was 5-for-7 from the floor and scored 18 points in 18 first-half minutes.
Devon Agusi added a season-high 12 points, while Keon Lewis came off the bench to score 11 and hand out three assists.
The Roadrunners (0-3) shot 48.8 percent in the contest and 61.4 percent (27-of-44) from the free-throw line.
Meanwhile, the War Hawks (3-0) were led by Brandon Golden’s 20 points off the bench, as McMurry totalled 50 points for the contest. Kourtney Goff finished with 17 and seven assists, while Thiago Randazzo and Adams recorded 15 and 12, respectively.
McMurry held a 36-28 edge on the glass, shot 47.8 percent from the field and connected on nine of its 20 3-point attempts to go along with 20 free throws.
In all, the teams combined for 56 fouls and 78 free throw attempts.
After trailing 42-39 at halftime, the Roadrunners took a 48-47 lead on a Jordan Sims 3-pointer and did not fall behind again until after the final buzzer sounded.
The UTSA advantage grew to as much as eight at 62-54 when Lewis found Tyler Wood inside for a basket with 7:27 to play. The bucket capped a stretch of seven consecuitve points for the home squad, which managed just two field goals in the final five minutes.
Golden got the comeback started with a 3-pointer and he later added a pair of free throws to slice the deficit to 68-66 with 3:56 to play. The lead was 71-68 with 1:44 to go after a Lewisjumper, but Goff answered with a basket of his own with 40 ticks on the clock.
The Birds had a chance to extend their lead in the waning seconds, but an Agusi jumper was off the mark and Alfred Perez corralled the long rebound before firing a pass to Adams, whose 35-footer bounced off the glass and through the net as the buzzer sounded.
Both teams traded baskets in the early minutes and McMurry held a quick 12-8 lead behind an old-fashioned three-point play that was followed by three consecutive 3-pointers.
However, the Roadrunners turned up the defense and answered with an 11-0 run for their largest lead of the half, 19-12.
Thomas started the spurt with a layup and free throw and a 3-pointer from Sims gave UTSA a 14-12 advantage. After another Thomas basket, Lewis capped the stretch with a drive that resulted in a three-point play.
The War Hawks missed four shots and turned the ball over three times during the UTSA run, but they caught fire again to help fuel an 18-6 spurt of their own to take the lead for the remainder of the period.
Edrico McGregor found Thomas open for a 3-pointer with less than a minute to play in the half to cut into the deficit before a jumper by Randazzo pushed the McMurry lead to 42-39 at the break.
The Roadrunners’ three-game home stand will continue with a 7 p.m. tilt against Texas-Pan American (2-4) on Thursday.