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Orange Storms Past White 102-70 In Annual Scrimmage

Dominic Artis messed around and recorded a double-double to lead the Orange past the White.

Dominic Artis stole the show Saturday afternoon with 20 points, 13 assists, six rebounds with just two turnovers as the Orange team dominated the White team 102-70 Saturday afternoon in the Don Haskins Center.

"It was fun, it was good for out guys to get out here." Tim Floyd said.  "You find out whose going to perform, whose going to play.  I saw some things that I liked, I like our guard play."

Guard play was the big difference in the first half as Artis helped the Orange team shoot 52% from the field, with 34 points coming from the paint in the first 20 minutes to take a 57-32 lead into the five minute halftime.

Artis had seven assists in the first half with no turnovers, while Hooper Vint had 18 points, and 10 rebounds in the first half.

Artis and Vint would connect on back-to-back threes to finish off a 19-10 run in a six minute span to give the Orange a 36-22 lead with 6:43 left till halftime, Lee Moore, Artis, and Vint combined for six first half three balls.

The White team had five turnovers and five assists in the first half, shooting 35.3 percent in the first 20 minutes, but had five blocked shots with Brodricks Jones and Terry Winn swatting a pair each.

"I loved it, the energy was beautiful the fans and everybody came out it was good support."  Dominic Artis said.  "Our ability to run the plays offensively, in practice sometimes we have a little some commotion and that was the first time we have been getting up and down so I liked that."

Hooper Vint would finish with 30 points and 15 rebounds, as the Orange team shot 52 percent from the field for the game, and out rebounded the White 54-37 in the game.

Lee Moore was another bright spot for the Orange team as he led all scorers with 31 points, nailing five three pointers and adding four rebounds and six assists to his stat line.

Omega Harris led the White team with an efficient 23 points on 7-of-15 shooting, and was 7-of-9 from the free throw line. Earvin Morris added 16 points, and Terry Winn recorded a double-double with 13 points, and 12 rebounds for the White squad.

The Orange team dominated all the hustle stats with a 17-8 edge in points off turnovers, 16-7 edge in second chance points, and a 16-8 advantage in fast break points.

"It was interesting that some of our returners were on the other side and got beat by 32 by the new guys. " Tim Floyd said.  "So you learn something every time you go out."

Moore was 7-of-11 shooting in the first half, including a trio of three pointers and 17 points in the first 20 minutes.

The guard tandem of Moore and Artis was the main highlight from the opening tip, till the final buzzer.

"Oh they are good players, very good players." Floyd said of Artis and Moore. "Our backcourt is good, we got another guard (Josh McSwiggan) whose very talented.  Maybe we're not dead yet, maybe we'll be okay."

"We got a point (guard) that understands playing at different speeds and tempos, and the unselfish guards won."

Trey Touched would make 28-out-of-30 tries in the three point contest to wear the 2015 crown, and Omega Harris won the dunk contest for the second straight year.

UTEP will now have a week to break down film, and prepare for an opponent that isn't themselves as UTEP will host Cameron in an exhibition next Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Don.