EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Keonte Kennedy tossed in 22 points, Souley Boum scored 20 and UTEP breezed past Western Illinois 80-54 in the first round of The Basketball Classic on Saturday.
Jamari Sibley added 11 points for the Miners (20-13). Tydus Verhoeven scored 10.
Western Illinois totaled 21 points in the first half, a season low for the team.
Tamell Pearson had 15 points to lead the Leathernecks (16-16). Will Carius added 13 points and Cameron Burrell scored 10.