Gilyard, Odigie combine for 47, UTEP wins 1st game for Terry

EL PASO, Texas (AP) Evan Gilyard and Efe Odigie combined to score 47 points as UTEP defeated Division II Texas Permian Basin 90-63 Tuesday night, starting new coach Rodney Terry's tenure with a first-game win.

Gilyard scored 24 points and was 6-for-9 from behind the 3-point arc, Odigie scored 23 on 7-for-11 shooting with nine rebounds. Gilles Dekoninck added 14 points while Kaosi Ezeagu and Paul Thomas scored 10 each.

The Miners shot 53 percent (27-51) for the game and made 11 of 23 3-pointers, holding Texas Permian Basin to 30-percent shooting (21-for-69) and only 3 of 15 from distance.

Kyree Elder led the Falcons with 20 points while Jacob Ledoux tossed in 12.

A Dekoninck jumper in the paint broke a 28-28 tie late in the first half. Back-to-back 3-pointers from Gilyard and a Thomas dunk sparked an 8-0 run to create a 51-40 lead 3-1/2 minutes into the second half.

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