(1090 The Fan) — Despite receiving a game-high 21 points from Que Johnson off the bench, Washington State (6-5) saw its 3-game winning streak come to an end in a 64-51 defeat at the hands of UTEP.
Vince Hunter scored 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds while Julian Washburn had 14 points and four assists to pace UTEP (7-5).
The Cougars returned home to a sparse crowd at the Beasley Coliseum Saturday, riding their longest winning streak of the young season. However, the team managed just 51 points and 34 percent shooting against a tough Miners field-goal percentage defense. The Miners have been up and down so far this season, but have held firm defensively, holding a high-powered Kansas offense to 67 points, 10 below its average.
UTEP controlled the matchup with Washington State from near the midway point of the first half as it built a 28-17 halftime lead. The Miners never trailed in the second half, leading by as many as 16 points as they coasted to a double-digit road win. They shot 51 percent from the field, and went 15-for-20 from the free-throw line.
Johnson shot 8-of-13 from the field to give the Cougars their only reliable scoring option. D.J. Shelton had nine points and 11 rebounds while leading scorer DaVonte Lacy finished with six points after going 2-for-7 from the field.
The Cougars host Mississippi Valley State on the 28th before beginning conference play in the New Year.
-Anthony Dion, 1090 The Fan
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