Pacific 66, UTEP 61

Sam Willard had 23 points and 11 rebounds Friday night to lead

Pacific to a 66-61 victory over UTEP in the season opener for both

schools.

Jose Rivera added 17 points and Demetrece Young had 11 points,

seven assists and six rebounds for the Tigers, who overcame a 36-25

halftime deficit. Rivera scored 14 of his points after halftime and

Young’s 3-pointer with 1:44 remaining gave Pacific the lead for

good at 62-59.

Randy Culpepper scored 13 points to lead the Miners, but he was

held scoreless in the second half. Julyan Stone finished with 12

points and 11 rebounds for UTEP, playing its first game under coach

Tim Floyd.