UTRGV men’s basketball advances to the WAC semifinals

UTRGV forward Terry Winn III defends on the play during UTRGV basketball practice at Vipers practice facility on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018 in Edinburg.

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.