UTEP’s strong start takes sting out of Florida A&M Rattlers in wire-to-wire win

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EL PASO, Texas - The UTEP men’s hoops squad scored the archetypal 11 points connected the mode to a wire-to-wire 67-53 triumph against FAMU successful beforehand of 4,000-plus fans connected Thanksgiving Eve astatine the Don Haskins Center Wednesday night.

Jamal Bieniemy (21 points, 5 assists, 5 rebounds), Jorell Saterfield (career-high 14 points, career-best 5 rebounds), Keonte Kennedy (12 points, team-high 9 boards) and Jamari Sibley (career-high 13 points, career-best six rebounds) led the mode for the Miners, who were without the services of Conference USA starring scoring Souley Boum and seasoned defender Christian Agnew.

Both missed their 2nd consecutive crippled owed to COVID-19 protocols. 

Tydus Verhoeven added 7 gutsy boards to assistance the efforts successful that department, with the Miners holding a 39-32 vantage connected the glass. 

UTEP constricted FAMU 37.5 percent (18-48) from the floor, including conscionable 3-10 (30 percent) connected 3-point tosses.

“I thought JB (Jamal Bieniemy) was special,” UTEP caput manager Joe Golding said. “He trusted his teammates, got them involved, deed shots. Keonte (Kennedy) did immoderate bully things. If you rebound and defend, you’re going to play for UTEP.”

Defense reigned ultimate astatine the onset, with neither squad scoring for the archetypal 5 minutes of the game.

UTEP got things going retired of the media break, tallying 11 consecutive points implicit the archetypal earlier the Rattlers yet got connected the board.

It was Bieniemy with each 4 Miner tract goals aboriginal and 4 escaped throws connected arsenic galore attempts from Bonke Maring to empower the discourtesy for a 13-2 borderline with 11:34 near successful the stanza.

The borderline inched to 13 (18-5) with 9:12 to play successful the fractional earlier FAMU yet got its archetypal field-goal of the game.

The bucket kicked disconnected the series successful which the Rattlers took vantage of UTEP going acold to whittle the shortage down to 1 (25-24) with 1:52 to play successful the period.

The Miners scored 5 of the last six points successful the framework en way to starring by 5 (30-25) astatine the break.

It was scrappy play from some sides implicit the archetypal 8 minutes of the 2nd half, with UTEP up by 2 (37-35) with 11:20 remaining successful regulation.

It was down to 1 aft a FAMU triple, but Bieniemy’s old-fashioned 3-point play countered it.

Kennedy past flew successful for an violative rebound and putback, giving the Orange and Blue immoderate breathing country astatine 44-38 with 7:50 to play successful the game.

Those 2 large plays loomed ample with FAMU ne'er getting person than a azygous possession down the stretch.

“I’m conscionable truthful thankful for our instrumentality base” Golding said. “It’s Wednesday night, the nighttime before Thanksgiving and we person 4,000-plus radical here. We person a passionate instrumentality basal that cares astir basketball. Myself and our players are very, precise appreciative of that.”

UTEP has a much-needed interruption earlier returning to enactment for the 2nd circular of the Battle Of I-10 against NM State astatine 6 p.m. MT connected Dec. 3. 

Jon Teicher (41st year) and Steve Yellen (19th year) volition beryllium connected the call, which tin beryllium followed connected "The Home Of UTEP Basketball" 600 ESPN El Paso and the UTEP Miners App.

It volition besides beryllium streamed connected Stadium.

For tickets, fans whitethorn telephone the Eisenberg Family Ticket Office astatine (915) 747-UTEP, email tickets@utep.edu, oregon visit www.UTEPMiners.com/tickets or successful idiosyncratic (Brumbelow Building connected UTEP campus, 201 Glory Road) Monday thru Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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