EL PASO, Texas (AP) Lee Moore had 17 points, Dominic Artis added 16 and Hooper Vint had 15 as UTEP opened its 95th basketball season with a dominating 96-49 win over NAIA Loyola-New Orleans on Saturday night.
Artis also had nine rebounds and eight assists. UTEP jumped out to a 21-2 lead midway of the first half and led 53-23 at the break. The Miners pushed the lead to 82-38 with 7:18 left in the game.
UTEP made 14 of 32 (43.8%) field goals in the first half while limiting Loyola to 6 of 28 (21.4%). The Miners shot 47.6 percent for the game and Loyola finished with 30.4 percent.
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The Miners scored 50 points in the paint while limiting the Wolf Pack to 18. They also won the rebound battle 56-29.
Nick Parker had 12 points and Johnny Griffin Jr. chipped in 10 for the Wolf Pack.