Lewis' big day leads UTSA past Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Saturday, 87-76
SAN ANTONIO — Keon Lewis scored a season-high 30 points and UTSA shot 61.5 percent from the field in an 87-76 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Saturday afternoon at the Convocation Center.
Lewis, who tallied the most points for the Roadrunners (1-4) since Michael Hale III scored 35 at Seattle on Jan. 24, 2013, went 7-for-10 from the floor, connected three times from behind the arc and on all 13 of his free throw attempts. The Seattle, Wash., native added a pair of rebounds, two steals and a season-high four assists.
Jordan Sims hit five 3-pointers for a season-high 15 points, while Edrico McGregor recorded the first double-double of his career with 13 points and 11 rebounds. In addition, Devon Agusi scored 10 points and dished out four assists.
UTSA, which never trailed in the contest, shot 61.5 percent (24-of-39) from the floor for its best outing since shooting 64 percent against Angelo State on Nov. 19, 2005. The Birds hit a season-high nine 3-pointers, went 30-of-38 from the free-throw line and held a 34-16 rebounding advantage.
Meanwhile, Hameed Ali led the Islanders (3-4) with 21 points, while Jelani Currie and Jake Kocher added 15 and 11 points, respectively. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi shot 52.9 percent in the game and scored 32 points in the paint.
The Roadrunners opened the contest on fire and hit eight of their first nine attempts from the floor, including five of their first six from behind the arc, en route to a 65-percent shooting effort in the first half.
Sims and Lewis opened the scoring and ignited a 10-2 run with back-to-back 3-pointers. Tyler Wood collected an offensive rebound and basket before Lewis added a 15-foot jumper for the quick lead.
With a 13-6 lead, Hyjii Thomas came off the bench and scored two baskets before Lewis and Sims again knocked in back-to-back treys for another 10-2 spurt. The run gave the home squad its largest lead of the half, 23-8, with 11 minutes to play before halftime.
The Islanders trimmed the UTSA advantage to 26-20, but Lewis and Sims halted the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi momentum with two more triples. Lewis added six free throws in the final 3:31 of the half to help the Roadrunners take a 40-28 advantage to intermission.
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi opened the second half with a basket to cut the deficit to 10, but the Roadrunners rattled off a 13-0 run for a 53-30 advantage, their largest of the game.
Sims got the stretch started with a 3-pointer that was followed by a layup and 3-pointer from Wood. McGregor scored inside before Lewis capped the spurt with an old-fashioned three-point play.
The Islanders looked to get back in the game with a full-court press, but the UTSA lead would not dip below 10 points the rest of the way.
The Roadrunners iced the game away at the charity stripe with 11 free throws in the final three minutes and McGregor put an exclamation point on the team’s first victory of the season with a one-handed dunk in the closing seconds.
The Roadrunners are back in action on Tuesday, Nov. 26, when they travel to Thibodaux, La., for a 6:30 p.m. matchup with Nicholls (0-3).