File photo by Ruben R. Ramirez | El Paso Herald Post
DENTON, Texas – North Texas held UTEP to 21.6 percent shooting from the floor and ran away with a 63-33 victory on Friday night at the Super Pit.
“Give [North Texas] a lot of credit. They did a really good job at defending tonight,” third-year UTEP Head Coach Rodney Terry said. “Early on, we had some really great looks to start the ball game. We still had the game where we wanted it, and [Javion] Hamlet had two quick fouls. But we didn’t get off to a good start in terms of shooting the basketball. But we give them a lot of credit, we knew we were going to come in here and play a team that’s going to be ready to play. We knew we were going to get their best game.”
James Reese led all scorers with 16 points and led a North Texas offense that shot 50.0 percent from the field. The Mean Green (6-5, 2-1 Conference USA) outrebounded the Miners (6-5, 2-3 C-USA), 39-24. Hamlet led the Mean Green with eight rebounds and scored eight points, while Zachary Simmons led UNT with five assists.
Jamal Bieniemy led UTEP with seven points while Efe Odigie and Christian Agnew each tallied six points. Overall, UTEP went 11-for-51 from the field, including a dismal 2-of-25 (8.0 percent) on three pointers.
Bryson Williams and Souley Boum combined for seven points on 1-of-12 shooting.
UTEP finished the game on a 6-0 run.
UTEP’s 33 points was the lowest since a 33-point outing at Old Dominion on Feb. 17, 2018, and ties the lowest point total during the shot-clock era. The lowest point total was 27 at Wyoming on Feb. 17, 1979, and the second lowest was 31 points at Kansas State on Dec. 3, 1957.
Up next, UTEP and North Texas will tipoff at 2 p.m. MT on Saturday, January 16. The Miners and Mean Green can be heard on the home of UTEP Basketball 600 ESPN El Paso and on the UTEP Miners app with “The Voice of the Miners” Jon Teicher on the mic. The contest will also be televised on Stadium with Chris Hassel doing play-by-play and Dani Klupenger providing analysis.