UTEP 77 – Charlotte 62: Miners Remain Sturdy, Win 4th Straight
Like their valiant effort on Saturday, the Miners duplicated their performance for a powerful 77-62 home victory against Charlotte at the Haskins Center on Sunday to complete the series sweep.
The Miners (12-10, 8-8 C-USA) have now strung four consecutive wins to close out C-USA play and will close out the regular season at No. 17 Kansas next Thursday.
On Senior Day, forward Bryson Williams notched an efficient double-double with 23 points and 14 rebounds (11-of-17 shooting). They rode a 23-point performance by junior guard Souley Boum, who scored a combined 38 points against Charlotte in this series. Once again, junior forward Efe Odigie came off the bench to provide valuable minutes and scored 12 points (6-for-8 FG) and five rebounds in 16 minutes.
The Miners controlled the opening half with a firm lead throughout the 20 minutes, though it was far closer than yesterday's blowout win. Charlotte forced seven first half turnovers, compared to turning the ball over eight times themselves. UTEP turned the ball only three times the entire game on Saturday. The 49ers also shot 48 percent from the field (12-of-25) to start the game.
Having distanced themselves by seven points at the end of the half (37-30), UTEP never trailed in the first and held onto an 18:12 minute lead. Boum scored 13 points in the first nine minutes and Williams cleaned up the back end of the half, matching Boum's 13 on 6-of-8 shooting.
In the second half, the flood gates opened for the Miners and they simply couldn't miss. UTEP outscored Charlotte 14-1 and built it to a 21-3 thrashing to begin the second half. The 49ers started 0-for-13 from the field and couldn't get past the pesky Miner defense. UTEP led by as much as 32 points in the second half (65-33).
Up Next: UTEP (12-10, 8-8 C-USA) will close out the regular season at No. 17 Kansas this Thursday, March 4 before the C-USA Tournament (March 9-13). Kansas is fresh off a 71-59 win against No. 2 Baylor, who was undefeated going into the game. The Jayhawks have won six of their last seven games and have held seven consecutive opposing offenses to scoring fewer than one point per possession. Tipoff for Thursday's contest is set for 6 p.m. MT.