UTSA fades in 2nd half of opening loss to Oklahoma

Oklahoma took control early in the second half and beat UTSA 85-67 on Tuesday night in Norman, Okla., in the Roadrunners’ season opener.

UTSA plays its next three games on the road Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the Sunshine Slam in Kissimme, Fla.

Jhivvan Jackson, shown in UTSA's exhibition game on Oct. 30, led the Roadrunners with 24 points and 13 rebounds in their season opener against Oklahoma on Tuesday. - photo by Joe Alexander

Jhivvan Jackson, shown in UTSA’s exhibition game on Oct. 30, led the Roadrunners with 24 points and 13 rebounds in their season opener against Oklahoma on Tuesday. – photo by Joe Alexander

The first half was played evenly with both teams leading by as many as seven points. UTSA and OU were tied 36-36 at halftime. UTSA’s Keaton Wallace had 11 points in the half and Jhivvan Jackson had nine points and 11 rebounds but also three fouls.

OU’s De’Vion Harmon hit a 3-pointer at the 18:30 mark of the second to give the Sooners a 39-38 lead. That ignited a 14-0 run by OU and the Sooners led the rest of the way.

Oklahoma had an 11-0 run later in the half to jump in front 61-43.

Harmon and Austin Reaves led OU with 23 points each. The Sooners shot 57.1 from the field in the second half and 47.7 percent for the game.

UTSA shot 33.8 percent for the game. The Roadrunners’ top two scorers, Jackson and Wallace, combined to shoot 15-of-41 (36.6 percent) from the field including 3-of-18 (16.7 percent) on 3-pointers.

Jackson led UTSA with 24 points and a career-high 13 rebounds. Jackson shot 9-of-25 from the field including 1-of-10 on 3-pointers.

Wallace fouled out and finished the game with 17 points and nine rebounds. He shot 6-of-16 from the field including 2-of-8 on 3-pointers.

JC transfer Phoenix Ford makes UTSA debut in exhibition

UTSA forward Phoenix Ford playing at the Convocation Center on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019. The Roadrunners beat Texas A&M International 89-60 in an exhibition game. - photo by Joe Alexander

UTSA forward Phoenix Ford playing at the Convocation Center on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019. – photo by Joe Alexander

Phoenix Ford’s second college basketball season is his first at UTSA.

The 6-foot-8 sophomore forward is a transfer from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.

He played nine minutes and had one point, two rebounds and one steal in Wednesday’s homecourt exhibition. UTSA beat Texas A&M International 89-60 at the Convocation Center.

Erik Czumbel the latest Italian guard to play for UTSA

UTSA guard Erik Czumbel playing at the Convocation Center on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019. The Roadrunners beat Texas A&M International 89-60 in an exhibition game. - photo by Joe Alexander

UTSA guard Erik Czumbel playing at the Convocation Center on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019. – photo by Joe Alexander

Freshman Erick Czumbel made his UTSA debut Wednesday in the Roadrunners’ 89-60 exhibition win over Texas A&M International at the UTSA convocation Center.

The 6-foot-3 guard played 20 minutes against A&M International and scored seven points.

Czumbel is a native of Italy and played for the Italian team in the FIBA Under-18 European Championships.

He is the second Italian guard to wear a UTSA uniform in recent seasons. Giovanni De Nicolao completed his three-year career with the Roadrunners last season and recorded 823 points and 348 assists for UTSA.

Introducing UTSA freshman guard Makani Whiteside

UTSA guard Makani Whiteside playing at the Convocation Center on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019. The Roadrunners beat Texas A&M International 89-60 in an exhibition game. - photo by Joe Alexander

UTSA guard Makani Whiteside playing at the Convocation Center on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019. The Roadrunners beat Texas A&M International 89-60 in an exhibition game. – photos by Joe Alexander

UTSA freshman Makani Whiteside is a 6-foot-4 guard from Madera, Calif., where he averaged nearly 30 points a game as a senior.

Whiteside made his Roadrunners debut in Wednesday’s 89-60 exhibition victory over Texas A&M International. He played nine minutes, scored four points and had one assist.

UTSA unveils a high-flyer in freshman center Jacob Germany

UTSA freshman Jacob Germany throws down a dunk on Wednesday, Oct. 30. 2019 at the UTSA Convocation Center. The Roadrunners beat Texas A&M International 89-60 in an exhibition game. - photo by Joe Alexander

UTSA freshman Jacob Germany throws down a dunk on Wednesday, Oct. 30. 2019 at the UTSA Convocation Center. – photo by Joe Alexander

Jacob Germany is a 6-foot-11 freshman center from Kingston, Okla., and is playing his first season for the UTSA men’s basketball team.

Germany played 12 minutes and scored eight points on Wednesday, Oct. 30. 2019 at the UTSA Convocation Center. The Roadrunners beat Texas A&M International 89-60 in an exhibition game. Germany shot 3-of-4 from the field and 2-of-2 on free throws and had 5 rebounds.

UTSA vs. Old Dominion photo gallery

UTSA guard Jhivvan Jackson is fouled as he goes through the lane against Old Dominion on Thursday night at the UTSA Convocation Center. - photo by Joe Alexander

UTSA guard Jhivvan Jackson is fouled as he tries to go in for a driving shot against Old Dominion.

Old Dominion beat UTSA 65-64 on Thursday night in a Conference USA game at the UTSA Convocation Center.

Wallace’s dunk highlights victory over FIU

UTSA players on the bench watch the replay of teammate Keaton Wallace's second-half slam dunk on Thursday at the Convocation Center. - photo by Joe Alexander

UTSA players on the bench watch the replay of teammate Keaton Wallace’s second-half slam dunk.

UTSA had already pushed its lead to 30 points when Roadrunners sophomore Keaton Wallace threw down a thunderous dunk late in a 100-67 victory over Florida International on Thursday at the Convocation Center.

See Wallace’s dunk below:

UTSA vs. Florida International photo gallery

UTSA guard Giovanni De Nicolao goes in for a shot against Florida International during the Roadrunners' 100-67 victory. - photo by Joe Alexander

UTSA guard Giovanni De Nicolao goes in for a shot against Florida International.

Keaton Wallace scored 27 points, Giovanni De Nicolao had 16 and UTSA shot 58.0 percent for the game in a 100-67 victory over Florida International on Thursday at the Convocation Center.

UTSA vs. Old Dominion photo gallery

UTSA's Keaton Wallace was 9-of-15 on 3-pointers including the game winning with 15 seconds left in a 74-73 victory over Old Dominion on Saturday at the UTSA Convocation Center. - photo by Joe Alexander

UTSA’s Keaton Wallace was 9-of-15 on 3-pointers including the game winner with 15 seconds left.

UTSA came back from 18 points down to beat Old Dominion 74-73 Saturday at the UTSA Convocation Center.

UTSA vs. Charlotte photo gallery

Adokiye Iyaye scored 12 points off the bench for UTSA.

Adokiye Iyaye scored 12 points off the bench for UTSA.

UTSA beat Charlotte 88-43 on Thursday night at the Convocation Center.