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The men's team gave UTEP all they could handle. They forced Floyd to go with a hack a shack at the end and it worked as we missed 5 FT in the finals minutes despite having a 1-point lead with less than 5 in the game. This was at El Paso, which we all know is perhaps the toughest place to play in this league. Combs had a huge game, 20-point and 19 boards. Reese had 9 assists and only 2 turnovers. Katenda had 12 points and 9 boards. UTEP focused on shutting down Deckie Johnson who has been shooting lights out and they were successful but other guys stepped up. Ja'Michael Brown another true freshman has shown his abilities as well. It's one game, and yes it is possible this is a down year for UTEP. We have all had our fill of moral victories. I do think it is fair to point out UNT's performance and the fact that Jeremy Combs is a sophomore and he is already starting to show dominating performances in this league. Rickey Brice is young (true freshman) only playing 10 minutes at UTEP but he seems to be improving every game and is already a good shot blocker and defensive rebounder. There are a lot of games left to play this season, but it is encouraging to see the performances of some of these young players. If they can continue to gel and limit turnovers it could make for a very interesting finish to the season.