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UTEP dominates boards, takes out Herd 74-63

By Staff reports

EL PASO, Texas - Konnor Tucker scored 18 points and Texas-El Paso dominated in rebounding as the Miners belted Marshall 74-63 Saturday night at the Don Haskins Center.

The Miners (8-6, 2-0) scored 12 straight points, the last seven of the first half and the first five of the second half, to break a 24-all tie. They were not threatened thereafter, leading by no fewer than nine points early in the second half.

It was the Thundering Herd's fifth loss to the Miners at the Don Haskins Center in as many games, and took the luster out of the 79-61 win over Tulsa three days earlier.

That UTEP played well in its building is not surprising, but the Miners' domination of the boards was. Marshall was held to five offensive rebounds, just one in the first half, with the overall margin 32-23.

Dennis Tinnon led the Herd (8-9, 1-1) with 19 points but was limited to five rebounds. Elijah Pittman and DeAndre Kane scored 11 apiece, with D.D. Scarver adding 10.

Tucker went 4 of 6 from the floor, hit both 3-point attempts and nailed all eight of his free throws. The Miners, who shot 47.9 percent, had three other double-figure scorers: McKenzie Moore and Jacques Streeter with 14 apiece and John Bohannon with 13. UTEP shot 23 of 30 from the line.

UTEP built the lead to 20 points, 56-36, with 8:51 left. The Herd cut the lead to 64-55 on a Jamir Hanner layup with 1:44 left, but the Miners hit 10 of 12 foul shots the rest of the way.

  • BRIEFLY:The Herd returns to action next Saturday, playing East Carolina at Cam Henderson Center at 7 p.m. ... Tinnon passed the 500-point mark in his two-season MU career. ... The Herd committed two technical fouls, the latter by Pittman. Eventually, the junior was booed every time he touched the ball. ... Tamron Manning attempted the first free throws of his college career in the final minute, hitting both.
  • UTEP 74, Marshall 63

    MARSHALL (8-9, 1-1)

     FG FT R A P

    Dennis Tinnon 6-7 5-7 3 1 19

    Elijah Pittman 4-8 2-4 5 3 11

    DeAndre Kane 4-14 3-7 3 5 11

    D.D. Scarver 2-9 5-5 1 1 10

    Nigel Spikes 0-1 0-0 3 0 0

    Jamir Hanner 4-4 0-0 4 0 8

    Tamron Manning 0-0 2-2 1 1 2

    Robert Goff 1-4 0-0 0 0 2

    Chris Martin 0-0 0-0 1 0 0

    DeVince Boykins 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

    Totals 21-47 17-25 21 11 63

    UTEP (8-6, 2-0)

     FG FT R A P

    Konner Tucker 4-6 8-8 1 2 18

    McKenzie Moore 5-11 3-3 7 1 14

    Jacques Streeter 4-8 4-4 2 7 14

    John Bohannon 5-8 3-6 8 1 13

    Julian Washburn 3-7 3-6 2 2 9

    Chris Washburn 2-3 1-1 2 0 5

    Cedrick Lang 0-1 1-2 2 0 1

    Malcolm Moore 0-1 0-0 1 0 0

    Hooper Vint 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

    Twymond Howard 0-1 0-0 0 0 0

    Totals 23-48 23-30 25 13 74

    Halftime - UTEP 31-24. 3-point goals - MU 4-13 (Tinnon 2-2, Pittman 1-2, Kane 0-3, Scarver 1-5, Goff 0-1). UTEP 5-11 (Tucker 2-2, Moore 1-2, Streeter 2-3, Washburn 0-3, Cooper 0-1). Fouled out - Spikes.

     


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