Jackson ties it at 84. To OT we go. pic.twitter.com/gUUJq1ncye
— UTSA Basketball (@UTSAMBB) February 18, 2018
Freshman Jhivvan Jackson scored 30 points Saturday as the UTSA Roadrunners turned back the Charlotte 49ers, 97-89, in overtime.
In the game played at Charlotte, North Carolina, UTSA’s all-time freshman scoring leader reached the 30-point mark for the third time this season.
He made 11 of 22 shots from the field and, for good measure, he also nailed 4 of 12 from three-point distance.
Freshman Keaton Wallace scored 14 of his 17 points in the first half for the Roadrunners, who barely escaped against the last-place team in Conference USA.
Charlotte has lost 12 straight. UTSA, meanwhile, bounced back from Thursday night’s 100-62 loss at Old Dominion.
The Roadrunners are 6-2 in their last eight.
With the game on the line, Jackson nailed two straight jumpers in the final 25 seconds of regulation.
After Jackson hit the first one, guard Andrien White completed a three-point play to give Charlotte an 84-82 lead.
With the clock ticking under 10 seconds, UTSA advanced the ball and found Jackson, who hit the tying shot with 2.9 ticks left.
Jon Davis missed the potential game winner off the front of the rim at the regulation buzzer.
Jackson scored seven points in the extra period to give him 30 for the game and 518 for the season.
Devin Brown held the UTSA freshman record of 483 points until Jackson surpassed it Thursday night at Old Dominion.
In the overtime against Charlotte, he showed that he can also do more than score.
The former three-time Puerto Rican junior national team member created opportunities for teammates.
Two of Jackson’s late drives to the bucket led directly to four points, on a layup and two free throws, by Byron Frohnen.
UTSA 15-12, 8-6
Charlotte 5-20, 1-13
“Exactly what I expected. I thought they’d be really, really good and that it’d be a fight the whole way, and it was. They have good players. They’re just a little snake-bitten. They can’t quite finish ’em right now. They have a couple of terrific guards. It was tough.” — UTSA coach Steve Henson.
Junior guard Andrien White produced 25 points, six rebounds and four assists. Backcourt mate Jon Davis had 18 points and eight assists.
Southern Miss at UTSA, 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 22
Louisiana Tech at UTSA, 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 24