UTSA basketball falls to FIU, extends losing streak to six

Luke Lawhorn, Sports Editor

San Antonio – FIU jumped to an early lead against UTSA and never looked back, winning 77-72 on Saturday afternoon in the Convocation Center.

UTSA dropped its third loss of the calendar week, adding to its streak of six losses. The Panthers (9-11, 3-6 C-USA) earned their first road victory of the season.

Jacob Germany led the Roadrunners with 19 points and 13 rebounds, while teammate DJ Richards recorded 18 points and 10 rebounds. The duo became the first pair of UTSA teammates to notch double-doubles in the same game since Erik Czumbel and Dhieu Deing last season.

Isaiah Addo-Ankrah made his return for the ‘Runners, after exiting with an injury against Bethune-Cookman on Dec. 18, contributing 12 points on 4-of-6 from the field and 2-of-4 from three.

After having a one point lead at the first media timeout, the Panthers extended their lead to 12. The Roadrunners closed in on FIU with an 11-0 run, though FIU matched with an 11-2 run leading into halftime, putting them back up by 12.

The Panthers built their lead to 18 points in the second half. After exchanging scoring runs, UTSA closed with back-to-back three-pointers from Addo-Ankrah and Richards in desperation for a comeback, yet fell short 77-72.

The Roadrunners dropped to 1-9 in league play with an overall record of 7-14. UTSA’s leading scorer, Japhet Medor, was sidelined for the second straight game with a foot injury. 

UTSA will look to end its losing streak against North Texas at 8 p.m. on Thursday, January 26.