There were eight lead changes, five ties and seven exhausted utsa players at the buzzer. Four 'Runners played 36 minutes or more and in the end the guts and effort will make you stand and applaud. Undersized and undermanned, the Runners would trade blows and not go down until the final whistle.
The Vandals (8-11, 4-5 WAC Play) largest lead was 9 points near the close of the first half, 34-25, but UTSA (5-14, 1-8 WAC Play) responded with a 13-4 run to close out the 1st frame to tie it up at 38 all.
From the onset, Idaho's size was a problem for the much smaller 'Runners. Barone went perfect 10 for 10 from the field, finishing with 25pts, with the majority of his shots coming from close to point blank range. He owned the paint on offense and the glass on defense. He snagged 16rebs as the Vandals finished with a 38-24 margin in rebounds.
The Runners only committed 5 turnovers and drilled 13 treys from deep, but again struggled to stymie the Vandals who finished shooting 52% from the field.
UTSA went up by 1 with 2:09 to go on a Jordan Sims three pointer. Sims gathered a career high 11rebs and pitched in 9pts. The late lead was briefly lived as Idaho would outscore the 'Runners down the stretch, 10-5 and secure the "W".
On the night, Mike Hale III continued his All-Conference play with 21 points and 7 assists. Kannon Burrage pitched in 16, Hyjii Thomas had 10, and Edrico McGregor notched a career high with 10 points as well.
The Runners now head back to San Antonio and prepare to host Denver University on Thursday. Tip is set for 7p.m. from the Convo.