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UTEP struggles in first half against Arkansas-Pine Bluff, lead 35-34

Playing against non-marquee opposition, the UTEP men's basketball team played down to their competition again and led Arkansas-Pine Bluff just 35-34 at halftime Saturday night at the Don Haskins Center.

They seemed to right their problems with a 19-4 run that put them ahead 31-18, but the Golden Lions charged back with a 16-4 run to close the half. That run included four 3-pointers.

Bryson Williams led UTEP with 10 points and Souley Boum added nine.

Pine Bluff shot 60 percent and outrebounded the Miners 15-8 but had 13 turnovers to UTEP's five.

Bret Bloomquist can be reached at 915-546-6359; bbloomquist@elpasotimes.