UTSA extends win streak to six, moves to 3-0 in C-USA

UTSA Athletics

SAN ANTONIO — Jhivvan Jackson scored a game-high 24 points and Nick Allen and Giovanni De Nicolao both notched career-scoring efforts to help UTSA extend its winning streak to six games and improve to 3-0 in Conference USA play with a 95-79 victory over Rice on Thursday night at the Convocation Center. The Roadrunners, who moved to 9-7 overall, now have won their first three league contests for the first time in 28 years and are riding the program’s longest win streak since the 2010-11 squad also won six straight. Jackson led four Roadrunners in double figures with his 10th 20-point output of his sophomore season. The guard poured in 16 second-half points to help UTSA down the Owls (7-10, 2-2) for the third straight meeting. The Puerto Rico native also posted five rebounds, three assists and a pair of steals in 34 minutes of action. Meanwhile, Allen tallied a career-high 20 points on the strength of a 4-for-8 showing from behind the 3-point line to go along with five boards and a theft. It marked the senior’s fourth straight and ninth double-digit scoring effort of the season. De Nicolao matched his career high with 19 points on the strength of a 3-for-6 shooting night from downtown. The Italian also pulled down five rebounds, dished out a season high-tying seven assists and came up with a pair of steals. Keaton Wallace joined that trio in double figures with 16 points and the sophomore from Dallas pitched in with a season-high seven dimes, five boards and two steals to help the Roadrunners to their ninth win in the last 11 games. UTSA shot 50 percent from the field in the second half and 49.3 percent for the game, posted a season-high 22 assists against just eight turnovers and forced 15 Rice miscues that were converted into 22 points. The Roadrunners made 12 threes and registered a 21-3 edge in fast-break points in tallying their highest point …

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