UTRGV men’s basketball advances to the WAC semifinals

The fourth-seeded UTRGV men’s basketball team hit 15 of its first 18 shots to win its first-ever Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Tournament game by beating fifth-seeded CSU Bakersfield 85-70 in the quarterfinals Thursday at Orleans Arena.

UTRGV (19-15) advances to the semifinals to face top-seed New Mexico State at 8 p.m. Friday. The winner of that game will play for the WAC Tournament Championship on Saturday with a chance to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Editor’s Note: This story was updated to clarify that the team won its first-ever tournament game.