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UTEP Basketball: Miners halt road skid, roll FIU 84-74

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The Miners wore down, and ran FIU out of their own gym to pick up their first road win of the season.

Lee Moore continues his strong offensive stretch scoring 20 points on 4-of-5 shooting from three point land, and Omega Harris also put up 20 points on 5-of-7 shooting from deep to help UTEP grab their first road win of the season.

UTEP shot 56.3 percent from the field in the game, and led by as much as 21 at the 6:20 mark of the second half before Tim Floyd called off the onslaught.

The first half saw a whole lot of offense, with UTEP coming out with a halftime lead thanks to a momentum grabbing run to end the half despite FIU shooting 55.6 percent from the field in the opening half.

UTEP shot a red hot 9-of-12 from behind the three point line in the first half, as Omega Harris, and Lee Moore each knocked down four three pointers in the half.

With the game tied at 25, Lee Moore, and FIU's Elmo Stephen would trade three's, but Moore would knockdown a second three in the sequence to give UTEP a 31-28 lead at the 6:20 mark of the first half.

Cameron Smith would answer and complete a three point play twenty seconds later, but then UTEP went on a much needed run to end the half.

After ripping the nets from deep to open the half, UTEP executed the inside-out, and transition game in the final six minutes, out scoring FIU 14-6 to take a 45-37 halftime lead.

UTEP made their first three looks from the field to open the second half, but Adrian Diaz who battled foul trouble in first half got inside for a layup to cut the UTEP lead to 59-54 with 13:36 left in the second half.

FIU actually out scored the Miners 6-2 to open the half, and kept things close in the opening seven minutes of the second half.

Then the Miners would go on a 10-0 run during a three minute FIU scoring drought, as Lee Moore drained a triple, then layups from Hooper Vint and Tevin Caldwell put UTEP ahead 71-54 as the clock ticked down to under the 10 minute mark.

Shooting better than 60 percent from the field for majority of the second half UTEP limited FIU to 42 percent shooting in the second half.   FIU shot 13-of-28 from the charity strip in the final half to compound UTEP's continued offensive execution, and scoring output.

Earvin Morris scored 12 second half points, and finished with 15 points in the ball game, Terry Winn added 11 points, eight rebounds, and three steals.  Tevin Caldwell came off the bench to add an important eight points, and six rebounds.

The Miners handed out 19 assists on their 27 field goals, Dominic Artis dished out 10 of those helping UTEP score on 52.1 percent of their possessions.

A hot start from three point land proved to be a difference, but UTEP also attacked Adrian Diaz getting him into foul trouble, and gave him fits on the offensive end with a rotation of Winn, Vint, and Brodricks Jones mixed with a number of defensive looks.

UTEP will now gear up for the second leg of the Florida swing with FAU on Saturday afternoon.