Watch the Fireworks as UTEP Dominates Florida Atlantic
It was a thorough win. It was a needed win.
After blowing a 15-point lead last Saturday in a 71-67 loss at 4-15 UTSA, UTEP got exactly what the doctor ordered in a 71-56 blowout of Florida Atlantic.
The Owls were winners at home over Conference USA foes Southern Miss and pre-season favorites Louisiana Tech last weekend but never found their groove against a Miners team eager to prove something after last weekend's debacle.
UTEP head coach Tim Floyd said as much after the game.
“Our team needed that game tonight,” Floyd said. “I thought we played really well out of the box like we were bothered by last Saturday, which I like."
What's not to like?
Checking out the highlights above, you'd think it was the Lee Moore show. The nimble junior showed his ball-handling skills while dishing out a game-high eight assists in addition to nine points.
But it was teammates Omega Harris and Hooper Vint who led the team in scoring, much to their head coach's delight.
"I thought the fact that we’re throwing the ball inside more is helping settle us down a little bit," said Floyd. "I thought it helped our shooting percentage.
"A guy that’s shooting 54 percent from the field for us, Hooper Vint, took the most attempts. And that’s the way it should be. We’re getting more touches in areas where we should get touches.”
Playing in the offense is what Floyd knows his team needs to do.
“I thought in situations tonight where we were three-on-five and two-on-five we decided not to go dribble between eight guys and go crank one up,” he said. “We decided to kick it out, throw it to the post and go play off of it and as a result we won the rebounding game. We didn’t shoot shots when guys weren’t in position to offensive rebound. We knew that we now had floor space in order to be able to get back defensively and settle down and do a job there.”
The Miners improve to 11-8 overall, 3-3 in C-USA play, but take on a physical Florida International squad that has improved to 4-2 in conference with a win at UTSA Thursday night.