March 14, 2013
LAS VEGAS, Nevada - Kannon Burrage scored 26 points, including hitting five three-pointers, to lead No. 9 seed UTSA to a 73-67 upset victory over the No. 1 seed Louisiana Tech Thursday at the Orleans Arena during the 2013 Western Athletic Conference Tournament.
Burrage and Michael Hale III combined to score 31 second half points as the Roadrunners pulled the upset on a day that also saw No. 2 seed Denver fall in its quarterfinal matchup.
"[UTSA] did a tremendous job with their game plan," said head coach Michael White. "They beat us to loose balls. They set the tone early in the game. They came out in a pretty good rhythm I think that carried over from a couple of days ago. We didn't exactly play great, but we did get beat by a team that played better than us tonight. We have no excuses."
LA Tech (26-6) built its largest lead of the game, 21-13 before UTSA responded with a 10-0 run to grab the lead.
The Bulldogs missed eight straight shots during the stretch before Kenneth Smith scored eight of the team's last 10 points in the final 3:48 to retake a 31-29 edge heading into halftime, a half which saw three ties and 12 lead changes.
UTSA (10-21) hit a three-pointer on its opening possession to start the second half, and the shots kept falling for the Roadrunners who hit 46 percent (25-54) of its field goals led by Barrage, who was 8-of-15.
On the other side of the floor, LA Tech struggled from the field despite taking 20 more shots than its opponent. The Bulldogs hit just 32 percent of its field goals, connecting on 24-of-74 shooting, including only 8-of-33 from three.
UTSA built a double digit lead late in the game at 70-59 before the Bulldogs made a run as Cordarius Johnson hit a three-pointer and Michale Kyser recorded a steal and a dunk with 1:20 to play to close the gap to 70-64.
Following another UTSA turnover, Appleby got an open look from three-point line that rimmed out and Kyser pulled down an offensive rebound but missed the putback in heavy traffic as UTSA corralled the rebound. The Roadrunners hit free throws down the stretch to hold off LA Tech.
In addition to Barrage's 26 points, Hale III added 17 points.
Tech will now wait for its postseason fate as the NCAA will release its field of 68 Sunday as well as its NIT field of 32.
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