Hunter Honored With Conference Award
(El Paso) — UTEP's Vince Hunter was selected the Conference USA Freshman of the Week on Monday, his second honor in the last four weeks.
Hunter led the Miners in scoring in both games as UTEP posted road wins at Middle Tennessee (63-54) and UAB (63-61). UTEP ended Middle Tennessee’s 25-game home winning streak versus conference opponents, and dropped the Blazers to 10-1 at home this season. Hunter averaged 19 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3.0 steals in the two games, making 17-of-26 shots (.654). He tied his season-high with 20 points at Middle Tennessee, connecting on 10-of-13 shot attempts, while adding eight rebounds and four steals. He became the first UTEP freshman in nearly 11 years to score 20 points in back-to-back games. Hunter followed that up by posting 18 points, nine boards and two steals at UAB.
Hunter was also named C-USA Freshman of the Week on Dec. 30.
UTEP (13-6, 3-1 C-USA) will open a three-game homestand against UTSA on Saturday at 2 p.m.