There may have been a double-double for Ryan Bowie but it was not enough as UTSA Basketball continued their difficult season with another loss on Sunday night. The Roadrunners fell in their home opener to UT-Permian Basin who held off a late UTSA run for the 90-85 win at the Convocation Center.
Bowie hit a game high 27 points and a career high 13 rebounds for his double-double, shooting 8-of 17 from the field and 9-of-12 from the line. Three other Roadrunners managed double figures with AJ Cockrell managing a career high with 16 and Gino Little and JR Harris managing ten each.
Back-to-back scores from Bowie saw UTSA lead in the early going as they were 9-2 up, hitting four of their first five. But UTPB hit back with a 13-2 run to hit the lead at 15-11, before UTSA managed two baskets in a row to tie things up at 15.
Seven straight points from UTPB put them firmly in control of the game as they went 22-15 up. But again there was a comeback, with Bowie managing a trey to stop the run before a basket from James Ringholt cut it back down to one score.
The Falcons always had a measure of control about the game but they could not push away, with UTSA constantly cutting the deficit down. Three times, the Roadrunners cut it back to just one basket but they could never really kick on and take the lead as UTPB went in to the break 40-35 up.
That control continued in the second half as the lead continued to push on, UTPB getting their lead to 75-64 with 7:33 on the clock. And that was when the Roadrunners started their charge with a pair of Bowie free-throws and a Harris layup getting things started.
That then saw Bowie hit four straight points with a dunk after driving through the inside and then two free-throws. Nick Allen and Harris capped the run; with three minutes to play putting UTSA firmly back in to the contest.
In the final three minutes UTSA were able to cut the gap to just one point on three occasions, getting it to 86-85 with 31 seconds to play. But the Roadrunners could never get that vital basket and couldn’t get the lead back, giving UTPB the win, continuing a difficult start to the season.