In the first half of the game, the Miners shot 53.8%, and held GA Tech to 33.3% from the field. But, the Miners were a dismal 54.5% on 6 for 11 shooting from the free throw line. The Miners tough defense only allowed Tech to take 7 shots from the free throw line, in that first half.
The Miners have had trouble putting together 40 minutes of basketball per game, so far this year. It cost them the game in their season opener against Pacific, and it cost them again against the Yellow Jackets of Georgia Tech, in the semifinal game of the Legends Classic Tournament in Atlantic City.
In the second half, the Miners once again came out of the locker room seemingly unprepared for another 20 minutes of basketball. Although they were able to hold the Yellow Jackets to 38.7% from the field, in this half they began to send the Tech players to the free throw line, where the Yellow Jackets added 13 points to their total.
The Miners, on the other hand, only got to the line 6 times in the second half and only made two of those. The Miners hit just 10 of 28 (35.7%) from the field and went 2-12 (16.7%) from beyond the three point line in the last 20 minutes.
Jeremy Williams scored 9 points in the first half, and then went scoreless in the second half. Randy Culpepper had just 13 points in the game, well below his average. Julyan Stone had 8 points in the first half, but only 2 more in the second half.
Finally, these two stats may say it best;
First Half Points in the paint-GATECH 14,UTEP 18. Points off turnovers-GATECH 2,UTEP 10.
Second Half Points in the paint-GATECH 16,UTEP 8. Points off turnovers-GATECH 12,UTEP 2.