UTEP advances to Atlantis semifinals with win over Tennessee

UTEP advances to Atlantis semifinals with win over Tennessee
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Friday, November 29, 2013 - 12:45am

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.

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