UTEP (13-8, 6-2 C-USA) shot 51.1 percent from the field and had 21 assists as a team. The Miners, which have won seven of their last nine contests, led 35-21 at halftime and led by as many as 19 in the second half.
Rice (5-17, 1-7) shot 41.2 percent from the floor but was 6 of 17 from beyond the arc. Tamir Jackson led all scorers for the Owls with 12 points, Max Guercy had 11 and Austin Ramljak chipped in with 10.
The Owls have lost 10 of their last 12 games.
Maryland point guard Melo Trimble, considered a lock to leave the program before struggling in the second half last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his junior season.
Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku, who recently underwent a medical procedure to correct a heart rhythm issue detected during the combine, will keep his name in the NBA draft pool.
Andrew White III will return to the Nebraska men's basketball team next season after removing his name from the NBA draft.
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