BYU downs UTSA on Wednesday night, 81-62
PROVO, Utah — Senior Kannon Burrage scored 22 points, but Brandon Davies and Tyler Haws combined for 42 to lead BYU to an 81-62 victory against UTSA on Wednesday night in front of 16,475 fans at the Marriott Center.
Davies posted a double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds to help BYU post a 48-21 edge on the boards, while Haws added 20 points behind an 8-for-16 night from the floor. The Cougars (3-2) posted their third home win of the season in the first-ever meeting with the Roadrunners (3-2).
Burrage topped 20 for the sixth time in a UTSA uniform and second time this season by making a career-best nine field goals to go along with a 4-for-4 effort at the free-throw line. The East Moline, Ill., native was joined in double figures by senior Michael Hale III (13) and junior Jeromie Hill (12).
Playing the first of six consecutive road games in four different time zones over the next month, the Roadrunners saw the Cougars break open a close game with a 26-6 run in the first half. BYU led by as many as 23, but UTSA pulled to within 14 late in the second half, but it could not get over the hump.
Trailing 48-28 at intermission, the Roadrunners made seven of their first 14 shots in the second half to cut the deficit to 13, the last two coming from the senior backcourt duo of Hale III and Burrage. Hale III drained a long three from the top of the circle with the shot clock winding down to make it 58-43. After a BYU miss at the other end, Burrage knocked down a mid-range jumper to pull UTSA to within 13 with 10:42 to play.
The Cougars pushed their lead back to 17, but junior Jordan Sims drilled a trey to make it 71-57 with 4:30 left to play, but BYU responded with a 9-2 run, which was fueled by five points from Haws, to put the game out of reach.
UTSA shot 39.3 percent (24-of-61) despite making only four of 13 from beyond the arc. The Roadrunners also committed just 11 turnovers and forced 18 by the Cougars, nine coming on steals, including four by Sims.
However, BYU shot 51.7 percent (31-of-60), 42.9 percent (6-of-14) from downtown and made 13-of-14 at the charity stripe.
UTSA and BYU traded leads through the first six minutes. Hill drained a long three from the right wing to put the Roadrunners up, 11-10, and junior Hyjii Thomas answered a Haws jumper with one of his own to make it 13-12 with 12:44 to play in the first half.
The Cougars used a 15-2 run keyed by a pair of Agustin Ambrosino 3-pointers to turn an 18-15 advantage into a 33-17 cushion. Raul Delgado knocked down a turnaround baseline jumper with two minutes to play in the stanza to give BYU its biggest lead of the half at 46-23.
The Roadrunners will return to action next Thursday, Nov. 29, when they take on Oregon (4-0). Tip-off is scheduled for 9 p.m. (CT) and the game will be televised on the Pac-12 Network.