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UTEP Plays Stone Solid “D” in Win

By Duke Keith, dkeith@klaq.com

Per the headline — not to mention the stat line — it’s a little deceptive to lead a story about UTEP’s 69-59 defensive win over Tulsa with this video. But what the heck, it’s too good to hold back…

McCulley’s finish was spectacular, but you can also see once again that the Miners engine continues to wear the number 5 jersey.

Julyan Stone is only now getting the recognition he deserves around El Paso. Maybe it’s because people are still trying to wrap their heads around the Miners having a 6-7 point guard.

UTEP doesn’t have 6-7 point guards, they have Tim Hardaway and Eddie Rivera and guys named “Tiny” who play big but aren’t.

The Goleta Park, CA, native is as big as he plays, though, leading the Miners with close to a triple-double against a tough Sam Houston State team, then giving up his stat line against the Golden Hurricane to virtually shut down Justin Hurtt.

Stone led the charge, but there was a solid defensive team effort behind him. Offense? Not so much outside of Randy Culpepper. But it doesn’t bother head coach Tim Floyd a whole lot…

Tulsa coach Doug Wojcik was a little more bothered, but gracious in defeat, and very talkative about the strength of Conference USA despite its lack of national reputation…

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