UTEP Wins 2nd Straight on Road Swing Against Southern Miss, 84-70
UTEP took care of business on the road for the second straight game, handling Southern Miss in a swift 84-70 win Saturday afternoon.
Five Miners scored in double figures during the win—Jamal Bieniemy (19 points, 7 assists), Souley Boum (12 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals), Tydus Verhoeven (13 points), Jorell Saterfield (12 points) and Christian Agnew (11 points).
Now the challenge comes Monday when the Miners have an opportunity to complete a three-game win streak against the top team of C-USA East in Middle Tennessee. The Blue Raiders haven't lost at home this year (12-0).
For now, the team will rejoice in their first home/away sweep in the league since 2008-09.
"Proud of our guys. They're fun to coach right now," head coach Joe Golding said. "I know wins are important... But these guys are having fun and having fun together. There's joy in that locker room."
In the first half, the Miners started off sluggish and gave up a bulk of scoring inside the paint. Southern Miss led 12-9 in the first five minutes (14:17) before the Miners reeled off a 16-2 run sparked by perimeter scoring. Saterfield hit a trio of 3-pointers in the first half, including back-to-back to take the lead (24-20) at the 9;39 mark.
To close the half, the Golden Eagles finished on a 7-0 run. Though, the Miners maintained a 10 point lead going into the break thanks to their eight made 3-pointers. The Golden Eagles scored 18 first half points in the paint.
Out of the half, the Miners continued to build on their lead. But, before the visiting team distanced themselves, Southern Miss fought in the second half and made it an ugly game. UTEP's 12-2 run late in the game (3:33) gave the squad a 19-point lead, 78-59. The Miners ran out the clock and left the Reed Green Coliseum with a 14 point win.
Southern Miss was led by Isaih Moore, who scored 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. They shot 55% from the floor despite turning the ball over 18 times in the game. The Golden Eagles also finished with 38 points in the paint.
UTEP finished with 10 steals in the game and scored 21 points off the 18 Southern Miss turnovers. The Miners shot a whopping 54% from beyond the arc. They also led for 32 minutes of this game.
Up next: UTEP will wrap up their road swing at Middle Tennessee Monday. Tip off is set for 5 p.m. and the game can be heard on 600 ESPN El Paso.