UTEP pulls away big from Houston Baptist
Published: Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Updated: Friday, May 17, 2013 12:05
In their last non-conference game of the season, the UTEP men’s basketball team captured their fifth consecutive win at the Don Haskins against Houston Baptist.
The Miners beat the Huskies, 72-44, taking the lead minutes into the first half.
“Coach Floyd wanted us to use this game to really just prepare for games like Tulsa”, freshman forward Christopher Washburn said. “Our mentality was to win this game, we really had to execute, and use this time to work on the consistency and cohesion of our play as a team.”
Despite a clear victory over the Huskies, the Miners felt they could have put a little more effort in the first minutes of the game where Houston Baptist followed close behind a sluggish UTEP. At the end of the first half, UTEP led by 10 points.
“We started slow,” guard Mackenzie Moore said. “We had to pick it up, we were not getting the rebounds and could not find an offensive flow. Thankfully, we reacted to our sloppy play, and started moving the ball. With that we played better defense and our offense became more fluid.”
A slow game, compared to previous match ups for UTEP, allowed the Miners to prove the depth of their bench.
No starters for UTEP played more than 23 minutes, letting seven Miner reserves score a combined total of 27 points.
The UTEP reserves were lead by guard C.J. Cooper, who played 21 minutes. Forward Christopher Washburn followed with 16 minutes, guard, Jalen Ragland with 12, forward Tymond Howard and center Hooper Vint with 10 each, and forward Malcolm Moore with four minutes.
“I loved the fact that the bench did not try to perform but played the way we want them to play,” head coach Tim Floyd said. “They did not get outside of themselves, they were able to extend the lead, play together, move the ball and share the ball and not play for numbers.”
The Miners out rebounded the Huskies 43-37, and made 18 out of 25 attempted free throws.
Guard, Konner Tucker lead the team with 12 points, while forwards, Julian Washburn and Cedrick Lang each put 11 points on the board.
UTEP who is 2-0 in conference, and 9-6 overall, ranks third in conference. The Miners stand behind first seat Memphis and second seat Southern Mississippi.
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