Men's Basketball Loses To Texas-El Paso

Nov. 22, 2000

UTEP 73, Washington 61

SEATTLE (AP) - Eugene Costello, playing his first game for Texas-El Paso,scored 26 points as the Miners beat Washington 73-61 on Tuesday night.

The guard, a first-team Junior College All-America last season afteraveraging 22.8 points for Midland College, was 6-of-16 from the field and12-of-13 from the line. Costello scored 17 points in the second half.

UTEP has won 12 of its last 13 openers and is 56-24 overall in its firstoutings of the season. Washington's six-game victory streak in openers wassnapped.

Brandon Wolfram added 21 points and nine rebounds for UTEP. Wolfram, thesecond-leading scorer of the Western Athletic Conference last season with a20.7 average, riddled the Huskies' defense with numerous baskets inside thepaint.

The Miners led by as much as 15, but the Huskies closed to 63-59 with 2:32remaining. UTEP pulled away in the final minutes.

Washington's Will Perkins had 15 points and 10 rebounds.

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