Gilyard sidelined with injury; UTEP looking to freshmen to step up

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UTEP leading scorer Evan Gilyard will not play in Sunday’s game vs. UC-Riverside with a leg injury, a source told KTSM. 

The sophomore guard enters the contest averaging 18 points per game, but the Miners will have to find another source of offense with Gilyard out of commission.

Head coach Rodney Terry thinks the Miners freshmen are ready to step up. Jordan Lathon and Efe Odigie combined to score 44 points in UTEP’s close loss to Marquette on Dec. 4. 

“It’s next man up right now. We’ve got more than enough guys to get out there and compete at a high level,” Terry said.

Odigie is averaging 14.6 points and 8.8 rebounds in UTEP’s first eight games. Lathon is putting up 9.6 ppg and fellow freshman Nigel Hawkins is averaging 8.8 ppg. The Miners are 3-5 in their first eight games. 

Terry did not offer much information on when Gilyard would return from injury.

“Whenever he’s ready to get back on the floor he’ll get back on the floor, but we’ve got enough guys,” Terry said.

In Gilyard’s absence, junior transfer Ountae Campbell is expected to play more minutes and could even get the start for UTEP, according to a source.

The Miners host UC-Riverside at 1 p.m. Sunday in their first game since December 4. 

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