Miners tame the Mustangs
Published: Monday, January 21, 2013
Updated: Friday, May 17, 2013 13:05
After experiencing their first conference loss against Tulsa, the UTEP Miners came to their match up against Southern Methodist University (SMU), with a vengeance.
Not willing to experience a conference loss in their home of the Don Haskins Center, UTEP took control of the game with a three-pointer put up by senior guard, Jacques Streeter in the first two minutes of the game.
Maintaining the lead for the entire game, the Miners beat out SMU with a final score of 63-54.
“I think we played pretty well,” sophomore forward, Cedrick Lang said. “We still have to work on things offensively, because we had a couple of turnovers, but overall it was a good win.”
Streeter put up 18 points, making all five of his attempted three pointers.
Guard, Konner Tucker followed with 12 points and two three-pointers of his own.
However, despite a great effort from its guards, UTEP let a 17-point lead slip down to 9 points.
“It was not a very pretty second half,” UTEP head coach, Tim Floyd said. “A lot of stoppage in play, a lot of turnovers, and a lot of missed attempted free throws, slowed the flow of the game.”
On defense, Lang, and sophomore guard, Mckenzie Moore each caught six rebounds off the board, a crucial effort that kept UTEP ahead despite SMU out-rebounding UTEP overall 28-26.
“We are happy with our win,” Streeter said. “Of course there is always going to be a room for improvement, but that is what every game gives us the opportunity to do. We learn from each game, adapt it to our play, and just work to win the next game.”
Aside from a Miner win, UTEP fans received a second treat for the night, as the newly hired UTEP head football coach, SeanKugler and his coaching staff were introduced, and pumped up fans for the upcoming season.
The Don Haskins will not see another men’s basketball game until Feb. 2, at 7pm when UTEP faces off against Tulane.
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