Miners Beat Western New Mexico
Freshman John Bohannon posted the second double-double of his young college career, leading UTEP to an 87-58 rout of Western New Mexico in the Bank of the West Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational on Tuesday at the Don Haskins Center.
Bohannon collected 20 points and 14 rebounds. He is the fifth UTEP freshman to record multiple double-doubles in a season, and the second to achieve the feat since 1980. The other members of the exclusive group are Gary Brewster, Anthony Burns, Arnett Moultrie and Terry White.
Bohannon made 8-of-13 shots and 4-of-7 free throws and added a career-high four assists.
Gabriel McCulley (14 points) and Michael Perez (nine) also established career-highs in scoring for the Miners (10-3), who opened a 16-4 lead in the first seven minutes and never trailed.
Otherwise it wasn't a particularly sharp performance for UTEP coming off a five-day break in games. The Miners shot 43.7 percent from the field, made 8-of-24 three pointers and enjoyed a slim 50-49 rebounding advantage against the Division II Mustangs (3-8).
WNMU actually outrebounded the Miners 24-22 in the first half, and trailed by only 15 points (41-26) at the midway point. But UTEP had a 10-2 run early in the second half, extending a 41-28 lead to 51-30, and maintained a comfortable margin the rest of the night.
Christian Polk and Claude Britten each scored 11 points for the Miners, who won their eighth straight game at the Haskins Center. Jeremy Williams pulled down a career-high 13 rebounds.
Wednesday's matchups in the Sun Bowl Invitational are Sam Houston State versus Western New Mexico at 5:30 p.m. and UTEP versus former WAC rival Air Force at 7:30 p.m., or 30 minutes following the first game.