Texas-El Paso (6-5) at Washington State (6-4)
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DATE & TIME: Saturday, December 21, 8:30 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Beasley Coliseum (11,671) -- Pullman, Washington.
Television: Pac-12 Network. Home Record: UTEP 5-2, WSU 4-1. Away Record: UTEP
0-1, WSU 1-1. Neutral Record: UTEP 1-2, WSU 1-2. Conference Record: UTEP 0-0,
WSU 0-0. Series Record: Washington State leads, 2-1.
GAME NOTES: The Miners of Texas-El Paso try to put together back-to-back wins
for the first time in more than a month as they clash with the Washington
State Cougars in non-conference action at Beasley Coliseum.
The Miners have already played a pair of games this season, the latest taking
place on Thursday night as the team took down Northwestern State at the Don
Haskins Center, 84-74. It was the second victory in the last three contests
As for the Cougars, they are currently enjoying a three-game win streak and
triumphs in four of the last five outings overall. Three nights ago, WSU
thrashed San Francisco in an 80-50 final at the Toyota Center in Kennewick,
The Cougars lead the all-time series by a count of 2-1, although the most
recent meeting back in 1998 fell in favor of UTEP by a score of 76-66.
McKenzie Moore led five players in double figures with his 17 points, but it
was John Bohannon who made more of an impact for the Miners in the win over
Northwestern State as he tallied 10 points, 13 rebounds, six assists and three
blocked shots two nights ago. Julian Washburn accounted for 16 points, Cedrick
Lang 14 on a perfect 7-of-7 shooting off the bench, while Vince Hunter pitched
in with 13 points, 10 boards, four assists and three blocks before fouling
Moore, a starter in seven of the nine games in which he has appeared, leads
the program in scoring with 14.0 ppg, adding close to five rebounds per
contest as well. Washburn and Hunter both check in with 10.4 ppg, while
Bohannon is responding with a team-best 7.5 rpg to go along with his 9.2 ppg
stemming from 51.6 percent shooting from the field. Defensively, the Miners
are holding foes to just 38.4 percent accuracy from the floor, including 29.2
percent beyond the arc.
DaVonte Lacy led the way for the Cougars in their blowout win over San
Francisco, putting up 22 points as he shot 9-of-16 from the floor and 4-of-9
behind the 3-point line. Royce Woolridge accounted for 10 points as the team
took more than half of its 65 field goal tries from beyond the arc (34) where
they converted 12 of those opportunities. Defensively, the Cougars limited the
Dons to just 7-of-21 out on the perimeter, with the hosts also holding a
massive 51-23 advantage on the glass.
The +28 in rebounding against USF was by far the largest difference in any
game so far this season for Washington State. The previous high came against
Lamar back in the second game of the season when a 20-point win was derived
from a plus-nine on the glass. Lacy, who has accounted for close to half of
the team's 84 triples with his 37-of-88 shooting on the perimeter, not only
leads the program with 20.2 ppg, he is also second with 4.5 rpg.
The defense for the Miners has to take the lead in this meeting if the
visitors have any hope of coming away with the win. As long as the scoring
remains controlled, UTEP has a chance.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Texas-El Paso 67, Washington State 64
12/21 10:32:30 ET
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