EL Paso, TX — UTEP 7-1 freshman center Matt Willms was named the first Conference USA Freshman of the Week for the 2013-14 season on Monday.
Willms had a sensational debut for the Miners, totaling 20 points, eight rebounds, four blocks and three steals in 24 minutes of an 84-49 win over Loyola (New Orleans) on Nov. 9. The Leamington, Ontario, Canada native scored 18 of his 20 points in the second half. Willms finished 8-for-13 from the field (7-for-9 in the second half) and 4-for-4 at the line.
The Miners will play at I-10 rival NM State on Friday (7 p.m.), and host West Alabama on Sunday at 3 p.m.