UTEP 83, Auburn 76

John Bohannon tied his career high with 20 points and grabbed

nine rebounds to lead UTEP to an 83-76 victory over Auburn on

Sunday in the third-place game of the Diamond Head Classic.

The 6-foot-10 center was one of five players in double figures

for the Miners (6-6). Michael Perez scored 18 points, Jacques

Streeter added 12 and Gabriel McCulley and Cedrick Lang had 10

apiece.

Kenny Gabriel scored a game-high 24 points to lead the Tigers

(8-3), who also got 18 from Varez Ward and 16 from Josh

Langford.

It was the third meeting between the schools. UTEP won both

previous meetings, the most recent in 1986, when the Miners upset

the fifth-ranked Tigers.

Tony Barbee coached UTEP for four seasons before taking over at

Auburn last year. The Miners were 82-52 under Barbee and went to

the NCAA tournament in 2010, Barbee’s final season.