SAN ANTONIO — UTSA will look to get a midseason slip Thursday night when the second half of the Conference USA game against North Texas begins. Thursday night’s competition is scheduled to start at 8 p.m., will be televised on ESPNU and will air on ticket 760 AM.
The Roadrunners (7-14, 1-9) have all lost their last six contests to Conference USA opponents. North Texas (16-5, 7-3 C-USA), who faced the Roadrunners in both teams’ C-USA opener, fell to just two teams in the front half of the Conference-USA schedule, losing to Rice and was swept past the top 25 Florida Atlantic Owls.
UTSA enters the back half of the Conference USA season with a largely healthy roster after losing various starters in the front half. junior wing Isaiah Addo-Ankrah has returned after missing the first nine games of C-USA action with a hand injury Jacob Germany He continued to come back from his concussion and appeared off the bench in the last two games after missing two contests.
Lead the Roadrunners
UTSA is led on offense by a quartet of double-digit scorers through 21 action games. JUCO transfer is pioneering Jafet Medor who has a team-high 13.7 points per game. Medor not only leads the team in scoring, but also in assists (72) and steals (26) while taking down 3.5 boards per contest — the third most of any roadrunner. Medor has three appearances with over 20 points this season and scored on 16.01. a career-high 30 points against Rice. Medor leads C-USA in taken free throws and attempted free throws.
Medor is flanked in the back by JUCO newcomer Guard John Bugs III. Buggs chips in at 10.6 points per game and he’s had two 20+ point appearances this year. Buggs hit a superb three-pointer against Middle Tennessee on Jan. 5 to give the Roadrunners their only C-USA win. student in the first year DJ Richards averaging double-digit points as the rookie has increased his average to 11.0 points per game. Two-time C-USA Freshman of the Week (D12, D19) Richards shoots the three-ball with a 39.4% clip, which is the best on the team. Richards is second on the team in rebounding, pulling in 4.7 boards per game.
Senior Loyal Jacob Germany is the last double-digit scorer and averages 11.9 points per game. The fourth-year roadrunner from Kingston, Oklahoma, also averages 8.0 rebounds per match, the third most of any player in C-USA. Germany, a 2021-22 Conference USA All-Conference Honorable Mention, adds a team-high total of 13 blocks to the mix.
Overall, the Roadrunners shoot out of the field as a team 40.1 percent and hold opponents 44.3 percent. UTSA as a team averages 68.1 points, 35.2 rebounds, 10.8 assists, 3.8 steals and 2.4 blocks per game.
Exploring North Texas
North Texas is led offensively by a trio of double-digit scorers, with former first-team All-Conference pick Tylor Perry leading the way at 17.3 per game. Perry shoots a stellar 45.9% from deep, the best in all of C-USA, and adds 3.3 boards and 2.3 assists per contest. Other double-digit scorers include Kai Huntsberry (11.6) and Abou Ousmane (11.1).
Ousmane leads the team in rebounding, pulling down an average of 6.2 boards per contest and also leading the team in blocks of 28 to go along with 11 boards. Also outstanding on Mean Green’s defense is Perry, who has 24 team-high steals this year.
Overall, the Mean Green shoot 41.0 percent off the field as a team and hold opponents 39.8 percent. UNT as a team averages 62.2 points, 34.3 rebounds, 11.0 assists, 6.6 steals and 2.9 blocks per game.
Saturday’s game between UTSA and North Texas will be the 33rd-ever meeting between the two schools. The Mean Green hold the all-time advantage after winning 20 of the previous 32 matchups. UTSA is 4-9 against UNT in competitions played at Denton. head coach Steve Henson is 2-8 against North Texas during his tenure at UTSA.
After a one-time trip to Denton, UTSA returns home to take on Louisiana Tech this Saturday, January 28, in the teams’ second meeting of the season. Saturday’s competition is scheduled to start at 3:00 p.m., will be streamed on ESPN+ and aired on Ticket 760 AM.`