EDINBURG (KVEO) – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley men’s basketball team returned to the court for the first time in 2021 hosting St. Mary’s University (Texas) at the UTRGV Fieldhouse on Thursday, Jan. 7 at 6 p.m.
The Vaqueros started out strong and didn’t let up, topping the Rattlers 96-67. They are now off to a 6-3 start for the first time since 2004-05, when the team started 7-3.
Junior LaQuan Butler led the Vaqueros with a career-high 20 points on a career-best 8-of-11 shooting, including a career-best 4-of-6 from downtown. Junior Sean Rhea scored 13 points with six rebounds. Junior Marek Nelson finished with 12 points with three assists and two steals. Junior Uche Dibiamaka scored 11 points with two steals. In his UTRGV debut, graduate student Jeff Otchere recorded four blocks and five rebounds while scoring seven points.
UTRGV is back in action on Jan. 15 at 6 p.m. for the Western Athletic Conference opener against Dixie State at the UTRGV Fieldhouse. UTRGV Athletics is capping capacity at the UTRGV Fieldhouse at 255 fans made up of current UTRGV students, season ticket holders, corporate partners, and families of student-athletes and coaches. Doors open at 5.