Miners Roll Past New Mexico Highlands, 80-55

Nov. 7, 2009


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EL PASO, Texas - Christian Polk scored a team-high 15 points in his UTEP debut, as the UTEP basketball team defeated New Mexico Highlands, 80-55, to open the 2009-10 season at the Don Haskins Center on Saturday.

Arnett Moultrie recorded a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Randy Culpepper (13 points) and newcomer Jeremy Williams (12 points, six rebounds) also reached double figures as 11 players contributed to the 80-point tally.

UTEP dominated the boards to the tune of 49 to 33 and the bench was responsible for more than half of the Miners' points with 42.

The Miners went into the break with a 36-24 lead and cruised down the stretch, scoring 44 points in the second half to shoot 45.3 percent from the floor. UTEP held New Mexico Highlands to just 30.8 percent.

The Miners open their regular-season slate on Friday, Nov. 13 against Texas Southern.



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