EL PASO, Texas -- John Bohannon scored 17 points, Chris Washburn added 14 off the bench and UTEP came alive in the second half en route to a 69-49 victory over Oral Roberts on Friday in both teams' season opener.
Bohannon was 8 of 14 from the field, while Washburn was 6 of 7 for the Miners, who improved to 31-4 in openers at the Haskins Center.
The Golden Eagles led 38-37 with 15:25 to play before a Bohannon jumper ignited a 22-3 run. When it was over, UTEP led 59-41 with 7:38 left, and Oral Roberts got no closer than 16 down the rest of the way.
Warren Niles scored 19 points, including four 3-pointers, to lead the Golden Eagles, who are moving to from the Summit League to the Southland Conference for this season. Shawn Glover added 12 points, and Damen Bell-Holter had eight points and 12 rebounds.
Colorado State graduate transfer John Gillon has chosen Syracuse, giving the Orange a potential starter at point guard entering the 2016-17 season.
DeSean Murray, who averaged 20.2 points as a sophomore at Presbyterian, will transfer to Auburn to play for coach Bruce Pearl.
Former Kentucky guard Ed Davender, the only Wildcat with at least 1,500 points and 400 assists, has died. He was 49.
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