EL PASO, Texas — It happened again.
Arkansas-Pine Bluff fell victim to yet another costly second-half run after pulling to within three with 11:53 remaining at Texas–El Paso on Saturday night. The host Miners went on a 34-15 run the rest of the way to post an 83-61 victory, raising their all-time record against the Golden Lions to 8-0.
The loss, the eighth in a row for the Lions (1-10), sends them to tonight’s consolation game of the Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational, where they’ll face Central Michigan at 6. Central Michigan lost to Nebraska 89-75 in the first game of the Invitational.
Nebraska will play UTEP (5-5) for the championship following UAPB vs. Central Michigan.
Trailing 35-28 at halftime, the Lions clawed their way back into the game after falling behind 44-32, at that time their biggest deficit. Guard Marcel Mosley, playing his first game with the Lions in 1½ years, scored five straight points to kick-start a 12-3 run over 4 minutes that got them within 47-44 with 12:30 remaining. It was 49-46 after Mitchell Anderson hit a jump shot at the 11:53 mark, but the Lions would come no closer.
John Bohannon scored 10 of his 17 points to aid UTEP’s key rally. Bohannon hit 6 of 8 shots from the floor, converted 5 of 6 free throws and totaled eight rebounds.
Mosley scored nine points and had three rebounds. He missed all of last season with a shin injury and missed this past semester for academic reasons.
Lazabian Jackson and Anderson led the Lions with 15 points. Anderson was one rebound shy of a double-double, grabbing six boards off the offensive glass. Davon Haynes added eight points and 10 rebounds.
Daniel Broughton added six points in only his third game of the season, as did Tevin Hammond, for UAPB.
Bohannon was one of five Miners to score in double figures. Konner Tucker had a game-high 18 points in 37 minutes, followed by Julian Washburn’s 16 points and 10 boards, and 10 points each for Jacques Streeter and Cedrick Lang.
The Miners shot well as a team, hitting 62.2 percent (28 of 45) from the floor, including 9 of 14 from three-point range. They were 18 for 28 from the line.
UAPB endured another bad shooting night in contrast, registering 39.1 percent (25 of 64) from the field, 20.7 percent from the arc (6 of 29) and hitting 5 of 10 free throws.
Tonight’s game will be UAPB’s last in nonconference play this season. The Lions won’t play again until they host Mississippi Valley State on Jan. 2.