EL PASO, Texas -- Vince Hunter scored a career-high 26 points to lead a hot UTEP offense in an 89-79 win over Louisiana Tech on Thursday.
UTEP (15-6, 5-1 Conference USA) shot 56 percent from the field and moved into a tie for first place in the conference with the win.
The Miners closed the first half on a 12-5 run to take a 43-36 lead to half, and never trailed in the second half.
Louisiana Tech (17-5, 5-2) closed to within 83-77 on Jaron Johnson's layup following a 3-pointer from Chris Anderson on the previous possession. But UTEP hit 4 of 6 free throws over the final 1:04 to keep the Bulldogs from a comeback.
Anderson and Alex Hamilton both scored 17 to lead the Bulldogs. Johnson added 15 points.