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UTEP defeats Middle Tennessee at the Don Haskins Center

Otis Frazier III recorded a season-high and game-high 21 points and tied a school record with eight steals, while Tae Hardy added 20 points to help lead the UTEP basketball team to a convincing 73-59 wire-to-wire victory over Middle Tennessee at the Don Haskins Center this Thursday night.

The Miners (10-8, 1-2 CUSA) turned 27 turnovers by the Blue Raiders (6-12, 0-3 CUSA) into 28 points, with a shooting percentage of 47.9 percent (23-48) in field goals, including 42.9 percent (6 -14) from long distance, as well as 72.4 percent (21-29) on free throws. Corey Camper Jr. and Zid Powell each scored 10 points to join Frazier III and Hardy in double figures in scoring, while Elijah Jones came off the bench to contribute five points.

UTEP set the tone early by racing to an 8-0 lead and eventually increased that lead to 13 before settling for a nine-point cushion (34-25) at halftime. The visitors never got closer than six during the second half, with the El Pasoans up by as many as 17 (66-49) with 5:55 left in regulation time.

The Miners improve to 9-2 at home this year while also earning their first Conference USA victory this season. UTEP will look for a second straight victory when it hosts the Western Kentucky Hiltoppers this Saturday starting at 7 pm.

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