Tulane made only 20 of 60 field goal attempts as UTEP cruised to a 66-57 win over the Green Wave at Devlin Fieldhouse. The game marked the return to New Orleans for former Hornets and UNO head coach Tim Floyd.
Floyd watched his team jump to a 17-6 lead. But, Tulane cut the Miners advantage to 2 at the half.
UTEP make 24 of 48 field goal attempts. Konner Tucket led the Miners with 14 points in the Conference USA opener for both teams.
Tulane also made only 14 of 23 free throw attempts.
“There are just going to be nights when you don’t make shots and mentally you have to be tough enough to fight through that,” Tulane head coach Ed Conroy said. “But, our defense let us down tonight. UTEP was able to score consistently and we didn’t protect the paint like we need too. Our guys have to bounce back and be tougher.”
Tulane and Conference USA’s leading scorer Josh Davis was held to 9 points, half his average.