A pair of UTEP transfers made immediate impacts as graduate student Daryl Edwards hit 6-of-8 from downtown, leading the way with 24 points and junior Bryson Williams electrified the Miner faithful with thunderous dunks and scoring 19 points as UTEP defeated Texas Tech, 70-60, Saturday night in front of a loud and energetic crowd in the Haskins Center.
“It’s a tragic situation that occurred in our community,” UTEP Head Coach Rodney Terry said. “We have one of the best communities in country in terms of people, and we respect one another and treat one another. I haven’t been in a nicer community. When something like that happens, great cities rally so strong together and we look out for one another. Tonight was just a small token we can try to give back to the victims that suffered losses in that tragic situation. Hopefully we gave some relief back to them. It will take years for our community to really get over of what occurred. We can just be a small part of that in terms of doing anything to give back. Even for one night to get their minds off of it. We’ll try to do that, not only tonight, but the rest of this year.
All proceeds from the contest were donated to the GECU Foundation in support of the Aug. 3 tragedy. Over 4,000 fans cheered on the Miners as they rallied from an eight-point deficit (33-25) early in the second half.
The Miners, behind the booming support of the fans, went on a 21-12 run and took a 46-45 lead after sophomore Jordan Lathon connected on a trio of free throws. Lathon finished with 15 points and pulled down eight rebounds in 34 minutes.
Edwards, who finished 8-of-10 from the field, nailed a three-point bucket at the 7:11 mark to put his new squad up six points. The Miners took control of the contest and never relinquished the lead.
Williams led UTEP with nine rebounds in 35 minutes of action, while another transfer sophomore Souley Boum got off to a slow start, but dished out a team-leading four assists. The fourth dime came on an ally-oop to Williams, who slammed it down. The Miners took a 12-point lead (70-58) by that point of the contest.
The 2019-20 regular season will open on Nov. 5 against New Mexico Highlands in the Haskins Center.
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