El Paso, TX (Sports Network) - Konner Tucker and Jacques Street tallied 17 points each to lift the Texas-El Paso Miners to a 68-52 victory over the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the Sun Bowl Invitational championship game at the Don Haskins Center.
John Bohannon grabbed 11 rebounds and blocked four shots for the Miners (6-5), who have a record that is better than .500 for the first time this season since their 1-0 start.
Nebraska (8-4) was led by Ray Gallegos, who went 9-of-15 from the field for a game-high 22 points. Dylan Talley finished 0-of-8 from the floor for four points in the loss. Brandon Ubel got into the mix with 11 points, but also committed a game-high four turnovers.
The Cornhuskers were ice cold at the start of the contest as they made just 23.1 percent of their field goal attempts in the first period. UTEP knocked down 48.1 percent of its shots from the field to take a sizeable 36-16 lead into the intermission.
Although Nebraska improved to knock down 52 percent of its attempts from the floor after the break, the Miners knocked down 4-of-10 from three-point range to protect their lead.
UTEP won the battle inside as it held a 36-30 advantage on the glass and outscored Nebraska, 30-18, in the paint.