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Willms leads UTEP with 20 points in an 84-49 victory over Loyola (N.O.)


Loyola' of New Orleans' Kyle Simmons puts up a shot against UTEP's Julian Washburn during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, in El Paso, Texas. (AP Photo/El Paso Times, Victor Calzada) EL PASO OUT JUAREZ, MEXICO, OUT (The Associated Press)

Matt Willms scored 20 points and led three other players in double digits as UTEP defeated NAIA Loyola New Orleans 84-49 on Saturday night.

Willms scored 18 of his 20 points in the second half of the season opener while UTEP outscored the Wolf pack in the final 20 minutes 49-28. Julian Washburn scored 12 points with eight rebounds, and John Bohannon grabbed eight rebounds also along with 16 points. McKenzie Moore scored 15 points and tied for a game-high five assists with Justin Crosgile. UTEP finished with 25 assists total.

Loyola (N.O.) struggled offensively in its exhibition game, going 0 for 7 on 3-pointers and finishing the night with only one assist. Jalen Gray and Kyle Simmons each scored 12 points.

Both teams got a slow start as Loyola (N.O.) made its first shot four minutes in to tie the game, 2-2.