Guard Jhivvan Jackson out-races a defender en route to the game-clinching basket with 43 seconds left.
Guard Jhivvan Jackson scored 23 points Thursday night, and the UTSA Roadrunners held off the Marshall Thundering Herd 81-77 at the Convocation Center.
The big play on the defensive end for UTSA came with less than a minute remaining courtesy of Giovanni De Nicolao.
Trailing by one, Marshall had the ball and a chance to take the lead.
De Nicolao had other ideas. He made a steal on the baseline, and UTSA advanced the ball quickly.
Jackson, on the dribble, out-raced a Marshall defender to the rim and scored a layup with 43 seconds left for an 80-77 UTSA lead.
Marshall’s C.J. Burks and Jon Elmore misfired on threes on the next two possessions to end the threat.
UTSA’s Keaton Wallace hit a free throw with a second left for the final point, as the Roadrunners won their second in a row and their third in four tries.
Consecutive victories over UAB and Marshall have boosted UTSA’s confidence leading into a Saturday home game against Western Kentucky.
“It just tells us we can come out here and beat anybody,” Jackson said. “We just got to keep playing the way we are, keep getting better on defense every day, and it just going to come out.”
UTSA 12-11, 5-5, T7 in C-USA
Marshall 14-8, 5-4, T5 in C-USA
— UTSA Basketball (@UTSAMBB) February 2, 2018
UTSA did a good job in keeping Burks under control, but Elmore was hard to handle.
Elmore produced 23 points, 13 rebounds and five assists for the Herd. He hit five three-point buckets.
Burks, on the other hand, was held in check with 16 points. He made only six of 16 shots and misfired on all six three-point tries.
“They’re a really good offensive team,” UTSA coach Steve Henson said. “I’m proud of the way our guys hung in there.”
UTSA forward Deon Lyle hits a three out of the corner late in the first half against Marshall.
Playing in El Paso, the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers defeated the UTEP Miners, 72-60.
Justin Johnson, a 6-7, 245-pound forward, had 20 points and 12 rebounds for Western Kentucky.
The Hilltoppers improved to 16-6 and 8-1 in conference, a half game behind Middle Tennessee.