Contact Us

UTEP Drops Clemson 61-48 in Hawaii

Michael Perez led the way for the Miners with 25 points against Clemson. (Photo by Steve Kaplowitz)

The UTEP Miners took another huge step forward with their 61-48 victory over Clemson in the opener at the Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu.  It’s hard to believe this is the same team that struggled so mightily in their first four games.

The team that struggled to generate offense is now manufacturing it from unlikely sources.  Sophomore Michael Perez hit double digits for the fifth time in six games with his 25 point output against the Tigers.

Freshman C.J. Cooper came off the bench to ignite the Miners in the second half with three huge three pointers.

Defensively, the Miners played another gem.  Whether it was a box and one or straight man, the Miners once again took the opponents leading scorers out of the game.  Andre Young and Devin Booker, Clemson’s two leading scorers, were held to six and five points respectively.

There were a couple of concerning moments for Miner fans.  Freshman Julian Washburn left the game in the first half with an apparent shoulder injury.  Senior Gabe McCulley didn’t log many minutes in the second half, but with Cooper and Perez leading the way he wasn’t missed too much.

Next up will be either Kansas State or Southern Illinois in the semifinal round of the tournament.  That game will tip off tomorrow at 3 p.m. local time.

More from Team 600

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://krod.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on 600 ESPN EL PASO quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here.

Sign up for an account to comment, share your thoughts, and earn points to get great prizes.

Register on 600 ESPN EL PASO quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!