George Matthews hasn't played much for the UTSA Roadrunners this season.

But based on his performance over the weekend in a 66-56 victory over Florida Atlantic, the tide could be turning for the 6-foot-5 sophomore guard.

Playing off the bench, Matthews supplied six points, seven rebounds and plenty of defensive energy as the Roadrunners snapped a four-game losing streak.

“Very encouraging,” UTSA coach Brooks Thompson said. “You know, he's done a great job in practice. He never got his dobber down. He never quit.”

A former all-state player in Arizona, Matthews spent his first year at Utah before transferring to UTSA. He sat out last season because of the transfer rule.

Becoming eligible last fall, he has been used sparingly, sitting out 10 of UTSA's 24 games and six of 11 in conference.

But Matthews has played in each of the past three, and his minutes are on the rise. Against Florida International on Thursday, Thompson decided to play him 18 minutes.

Matthews followed with a season-high 30 minutes Saturday against Florida Atlantic, including a long stretch in the first half when UTSA (8-16, 4-7 Conference USA) enjoyed perhaps its best stretch defensively of the season.

“He's kept a great attitude,” Thompson said. “He's a good player. He's going to end up being a very good player.”

Thompson said he will need performances such as the one Matthews had against FAU to keep the team steady in the last three weeks of the regular season.

“No doubt,” he said. “With the injuries we've got, we've got to have guys step up. We can't feel sorry for ourselves and make excuses about injuries. We've got to have guys step up and play. They're all Division I players. So they better act like it.”