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UTEP defeats Florida International 84-71

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EL PASO, Texas (AP) - Vince Hunter scored 21 points and Julian Washburn added 20 points with five assists to lead UTEP to an 84-71 victory over Florida International on Saturday night.

UTEP led by double digits most of the second half before Dennis Mavin scored to pull FIU within seven points, 63-56 with 4:06 to play. The Miners answered with a 10-4 run, capped by back-to-back 3-pointers by Washburn and C.J. Cooper, to move ahead 73-60 with 1:48 left and lead by double digits for good.

Cooper scored 17 points and had six assists for UTEP (19-7, 9-2 Conference USA), which bounced back after having its eight-game winning streak snapped Thursday by Florida Atlantic. The Miners are in a three-way tie for first in the conference with Louisiana Tech and Middle Tennessee.

Rakeem Buckles scored 19 points to lead Florida International (13-13, 5-6). Mavin and Tymell Murphy each added 13 points.

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