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The Perfect Night

UTEP vs. Houston (photo by Brandon Cohn)

On a night where the UTEP Miners retired Tim Hardaway’s number 10 jersey, fans where treated to an overall spectacular show.  UTEP defeated rival Houston in their C-USA home opener 70-50 in front of 8,327 fans.

Coming into the contest Houston led C-USA in scoring averaging just under 80 points per game.  The Miner defense stepped up holding the Cougars to 47% shooting from the field, and allowed just 50 points..  UTEP shot 61%  from the field and did so with 4 freshmen on the floor numerous times throughout the evening.

The Miners were able to create many second chance opportunities for themselves, and were successful on the boards which dictated the flow of the game.  Offensively, UTEP was sharp all night long.  Senior forward Gabriel McCulley led all scorers with 22 points, and sophomore center John Bohannon had a doudle-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds.  Freshman forward Julian Washburn added 19 points. 

Washburn formally wore number 10, but since that number will always belong to Tim Hardaway he wore his new number 4 jersey on Saturday.  Overall it was a night that will forever be remembered by Miner fans.  They retired a legend’s number and won in impressive fashion.  Tim Hardaway is quite humble and grateful to the program for giving him the opportunity to play college basketball.

When asked about having his number retired by UTEP and where it ranks on his list of acomplishments, Hardaway had great things to say about the program.  Hardaway also gave high priase to Don Haskins and Tim Floyd.  Despite his success, Hardaway has not forgotten his roots.  This is something that everyone should emulate; never forget how you began your career, and who helped you along the way. 

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