El Paso, TX (KTSM) — UTEP overcame a lot of negative attention prior to their opening round game against Tennessee to take down the Volunteers 78-70 in the Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas Thursday.
The Miners used a balanced attack led by Junior guard McKenzie Moore who scored 19 points as UTEP shot 58% from the field while the defense held the Vols to 35%.
Head Coach Tim Floyd says a win like this creates a belief system.
"We played like our last game, our loss to New Mexico State, bothered us," Floyd said. "And it should have bothered us."
"Tennessee was a Top 25 team starting the season and we just came off a tough loss to New Mexico State so we needed this win," UTEP Junior Julyan Washburn said. "I'm glad we got it."
UTEP (4-2) plays No. 23 Iowa on Friday night for a berth in the title game.