SAN ANTONIO - The Bearkat men’s basketball season extended for at least another game as they knocked of UTSA in the quarterfinals of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament on Thursday night in the Convocation Center.
The Kats used a string second half, overcoming a 12-point deficit to advance to the semifinals of the CIT for the first time.
“This was a terrific win for our guys,” said head coach Jason Hooten. “They fought really, really hard, and took it to them in the second half. I thought the last 10 minutes of the game we were physical and tough, just like we were against Eastern Michigan.”
The Kats got balanced scoring from top to bottom, with four players in double figures and everyone who played scored at least five points. John Dewey led the way with 18 points, Cameron Delaney had 13 and Chris Galbreath and Josh Delaney each chipped in 11.
Trialing by nine at the half, the Kats came out strong in the final 20 minutes. They scored 48 points in the second half and out-scored the Roadrunners by 16.
“We made a couple of adjustments on defense, switching some stuff on handoffs and ball screens. Once we did that we got some stops,” Hooten said. “Josh and Cam made some big shots and then John really took over and got to the basket and do some good things for us.”
Playing with just eight players, the Kats were able to win the rebounding battle 41-32, including a 14-7 advantage on the offensive glass.
The opponent and location for the semifinal game will be announced later.