Division I upstart Grand Canyon set to host UTSA

The UTSA Roadrunners have won four of their last five leading into a Thursday night road contest in Phoenix against the upstart Grand Canyon University Antelopes.

Over the course of a 4-1 streak, UTSA has recorded victories over Denver, IUPUI, Lamar and St. Mary’s, with the first two victories and the last two sandwiched around a loss to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, all at home.

The Roadrunners will be playing on the road for the second time this season and for the first time since Nov. 12, when they lost 96-44 at Oklahoma.

Arizona-based Grand Canyon started playing basketball in 1949. Originally affiliated with the NAIA, the program moved up to NCAA Division II in 1991 and then to Division I in 2013.

Last spring, the Antelopes of the Western Athletic Conference qualified for and played in their first NCAA tournament.

Coach Bryce Drew, the brother of Baylor coach Scott Drew, is in his second season as head coach.

The Antelopes have won three in a row, most recently claiming road victories at Pepperdine and Loyola-Marymount.

Records

UTSA 5-3
Grand Canyon 6-1

Notebook

The Roadrunners will play on Saturday at 3 p.m. in Houston, at the Toyota Center, against the Sam Houston State Bearkats. They’ll return home on Dec. 17 to take on UT Rio Grande Valley.

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