Jeromie Hill had 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead UTSA to a 67-49 win over San Jose State in the first round of the Western Athletic Conference tournament Tuesday night.
Kannon Burrage scored 20 points for the ninth-seeded Roadrunners (9-21). Hill was 8 of 15 from the field for the game, and Burrage was 8 of 14. Edrico McGregor added 14 points, and Michael Hale III had 10 points and five assists.
UTSA led 28-16 at halftime and never trailed. Both teams had 13 turnovers and UTSA only outrebounded the Spartans 37-36. But the Roadrunners shot 50 percent from the field for the game, while the Spartans shot 32 percent.
LaVanne Pennington had 21 points for the No. 8 seed Spartans (9-20). Chris Cunningham had 12 points and a team-high nine rebounds.
UTSA moves on to play top-seed Louisiana Tech in the Western Athletic Conference quarterfinals on Thursday.
Texas State 68, Seattle 56
Joel Wright scored 26 points to lead Texas State to a 68-56 win over Seattle in the first round of the Western Athletic Conference tournament Tuesday night.
Wright was 7 of 12 from the field for the game and had a team-high nine rebounds.
Matt Staff scored 13 points for the seventh-seeded Bobcats (11-21).
Texas State led 36-28 at halftime. The score was tied only once and Texas State never trailed. The Bobcats shot 50 percent from the field for the game, while Seattle shot 33.9 percent. Seattle outrebounded Texas State 35-29 but had 19 turnovers, six more than the Bobcats.
Deshaun Sunderhaus led Seattle (8-22) with 15 points. Prince Obasi had 13 points and 10 rebounds. Chad Rasmussen added 11 points for the No. 10 seed.
Texas State moves on to play No. 2 seed Denver in the quarterfinals on Thursday.