UTSA jars Sam Houston State 78-66 for 5th straight

SAN ANTONIO (AP)—Melvin Johnson III scored 18 points Saturday to help UTSA win its fifth straight with a 78-66 victory over Sam Houston State.

Alex Vouyoukas added 14 points, Kannon Burrage 13, Michael Hale III 12 and Jeromie Hill 11 for the Roadrunners (14-7, 6-1), off to their best Southland Conference start since 1992 and winners of eight of nine.

Steven Werner paced the Bearkats (8-13, 2-5) with game highs of 27 points and nine rebounds. Konner Tucker scored 17.

UTSA was outrebounded 40-23, and both teams made 23 baskets. But the Roadrunners sank 8 of 19 3-pointers to 4 of 16 for Sam Houston State and made 24 of 31 free throws to the Bearkats’ 16 of 23.

The Roadrunners used a 9-0 run to turn a 31-25 lead into a 40-25 edge with 1:53 left in the first half and coasted home.

UTSA swept the season series.

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Updated Saturday, Jan 28, 2012