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Miners’ inside job crucial to victory

By Tony Castleberry

The Daily Reflector

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A 3-pointer at the final buzzer beat East Carolina on Saturday, but visiting Texas-El Paso was in a position to win because of the damage it did inside late in the game.

McKenzie Moore’s long 3 was the decisive bucket in UTEP’s 68-67 victory over the Pirates in Minges Coliseum, but the Miners owned the paint in the final 10 minutes. Five of their last seven field goals were either dunks or tip-ins and part of the reason for UTEP’s easy buckets was ECU’s depleted interior presence.

Forwards Ty Armstrong and Marshall Guilmette each fouled out in the final 4:09 and leading rebounder Robert Sampson, arguably the team’s best post defender, left the game after injuring his left knee with 9:01 left in the second half.

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