De Nicolao’s late 3 lifts UTSA over Louisiana Tech 69-68
RUSTON, La. (AP) Jeff Beverly had a career-high 27 points, Giovanni De Nicolao scored the go-ahead points on a 3-pointer with 20 seconds left and Texas-San Antonio beat Louisiana Tech 69-68 on Saturday night.
De Nicolao’s basket capped a comeback from 14 down and gave the Roadrunners (7-9, 2-1 Conference USA) their first lead since the 6:49 mark of the first half. Derric Jean missed a runner for the Bulldogs (10-6, 2-1) with five seconds left and Beverly secured the rebound for the win.
UTSA had never beaten Louisiana Tech on the road, improving their record to 1-5 at the Thomas Assembly Center and 3-10 in the series. It was the Bulldogs’ fourth loss in their last 80 home games.
Louisiana Tech had its largest lead at 47-33 with 17 minutes left and still led by 10 with 7:07 to go. The Roadrunners erased the deficit on Lucas O’Brien’s 3-pointer with 55 seconds left. Joniah White put Louisiana Tech back up by two with a pair of free throws before De Nicolao’s 3.
Erik McCree led Louisiana Tech with 23 points.