UTSA earns wild OT win against Marshall
Keaton Wallace scored 45 points, Jhivvan Jackson added 30 and UTSA beat Marshall 116-106 in a wild, fast-paced game on Saturday at the Cam Henderson Center in Huntington, W.Va.
Wallace scored 14 points in overtime after Marshall forced the extra period on a four-point play by Jon Elmore with 4.4 seconds remaining. Wallace’s 45 points, the fourth-most in a single game in program history, came on 15-of-24 shooting and 4 of 9 from 3-point range.
By knocking off Marshall, UTSA (13-10, 7-3 Conference USA) remained deadlocked in a group of three three-loss teams at the top of the league standings, joining Old Dominion and North Texas. Marshall is 13-10, 6-4 in conference.
Jackson hit 10 of 23 shots from the field, including 5 of 11 from beyond the arc. Atem Bior added 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Roadrunners.
Marshall kept pace most of the way behind its own potent guard tandem, with C.J. Burks scoring 31 and Elmore adding 29.
The Roadrunners shot 54.2 percent overall and 43.5 percent from 3-point range, while Marshall hit 50.6 percent from the field and 35.1 percent from beyond the arc.
UTSA held a four-point lead in the final minute before allowing Marshall to recover. Jackson had two of his eight turnovers during the last minute of regulation, while point guard Giovanni De Nicolao also had a turnover and hit 2 of 4 free throws in that stretch.
Marshall trailed by 4 in the closing seconds before Elmore hit a 3-pointer and was fouled by Bior with 4.4 seconds to play. After Elmore converted the free throw to tie the score, Jackson fumbled the inbounds pass out of bounds, giving Marshall possession with a chance to win in the final 3.2 seconds. Rondale Watson missed a jumper to send the game to overtime.