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UTSA has winning streak snapped at Middle Tennessee

January 18, 2019

UTSA snapped its longest winning streak in 10 years, losing 89-86 to Middle Tennessee on Thursday at the Murphy Center in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

The Roadrunners (10-8, 4-1 Conference USA) had won seven straight games dating back to Dec. 15 and were 4-0 in conference play for the first time since 1988-89. Middle Tennessee (4-14, 1-4 C-USA) won for the first time since Nov. 16, ending a 13-game losing streak.

Middle Tennessee led by as many as 21 points. The Blue Raiders connected on 13 of 29 3-point attempts (44.8 percent), including 10 of 20 in the first half. They entered the night ranked No. 322 out of 351 Division I teams with a 30.5 shooting percentage from beyond the arc. They averaged just 5.2 3-pointers per game before Thursday, ranked No. 340 nationally.

Donovan Sims scored 24, Antonio Green added 21 and James Hawthorne netted 20 off the bench for the Blue Raiders.

For UTSA, Jhivvan Jackson scored 25 points on 10-of-28 shooting, including 5 of 18 from 3-point range. Keaton Wallace scored 24 points with 10 rebounds, hitting 9 of 21 shots and making 5 of 13 from beyond the arc.

UTSA made six 3-pointers during the last two minutes to trim the margin but did not pull within a single basket of Middle Tennessee until Jackson hit a 3 at the final buzzer.