Men’s basketball becomes first sport in school history to win game in NCAA tournament

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This year, the men’s basketball team had one of the best seasons in its history.

Although the team had its ups and downs throughout the season, they were able to elevate their game when it really mattered. An up-and-down year was capped by an improbable run that began with a victory in their last home game against Central Arkansas.

The Roadrunners then continued their season by coming from behind to win on the road at UT-Arlington and earn a berth in the Southland Conference Tournament as a seven seed.

Once in the SLC Tournament, senior guard Devin Gibson and the Roadrunners kept firing on all cylinders. In three exciting games, the Roadrunners defeated the tourney’s top three seeds–McNeese, Northwestern State, and Sam Houston State-capturing the SLC Championship title and an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Once in the “Big Dance” the Roadrunners did not disappoint. With the help of rising stars Melvin Johnson III and Jeromie Hill, UTSA was able to capture its first ever NCAA tournament win in any sport by knocking off the Alabama State Hornets. The exciting ride ended with a second round loss against the #1 overall seed, Ohio State; but the Roadrunners’ 2010-11 campaign was undeniably one of the best in program history.

The catalyst for this success was Gibson. As the floor general, he helped lead the second youngest team in the country to places the program had never been.

Gibson finishes his career at UTSA near the top of almost all categories and will go down as one of the best players ever to don the blue and orange of UTSA. He leaves a young, talented team that has no where to go but up.