The UTEP Miners got a much needed victory over a weary Northwestern State team in front of 6,363 fans at the Haskins Center on Thursday night.  The Miners were able to rebound from a surprising loss to New Orleans with an overall solid performance against a Northwestern State team that had played at #12 Baylor the night before.  UTEP was able to go into the locker room at the half with a 42-29 lead thanks to a 10-0 run to close the first half.  The Demons went on a bit of a run in the second half to pull within six points at 56-50 with a little under ten minutes remaining.

UTEP's defensive play and poise to hold the lead late enabled them to go on to win the game 84-74 and subsequently improve to 6-5 on the season.  Offensively the Miners were sharp as they had five players score double figures, and shot 60.4 percent from the field.  McKenzie Moore led all scorers with 17 points, Julian Washburn had 16, Cedrick Lang added 14, Vince Hunter 13, and John Bohannon 10.  Hunter and Bohannon had double-doubles.

Next up the Miners will travel to Pullman, Washington to take on Washington State who is 6-4 on the season.  Following the game Coach Floyd talked about what his team was able to take from the victory over Northwestern State, he mentioned,

Coach Floyd also spoke about sophomore center Hooper Vint and what kind of a player that he feels Vint will become.  He noted,

The Miners will have their work cut out for them as they face Washington State and then return home to face Montana State before the WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational.



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