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Final: No. 3 Arizona overcomes slow first half to defeat UTEP 60-55

EL PASO, Texas — No. 3 Arizona men’s basketball (12-0) survived its first road test 60-55 over the UTEP Miners. The Wildcats became the first Division I team to reach the 12-win plateau.

UA forward Stanley Johnson scored 17 points, grabbed six rebounds and had four steals in his first collegiate road game.

UTEP forward Vince Hunter led the Miners with a double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds, but he fouled out with 8:09 left.

UA center Kaleb Tarczewski fouled out with 2:07 left, finishing with five points and five rebounds.

Arizona turned the ball over 17 times, while UTEP (6-4) gave up possession 18 times.

The Wildcats shot 45 percent from the field, 45 percent from the 3-point line and 58 percent from the free-throw line. The Miners shot 41 percent from the field, 30 percent from behind the arc and 44 percent from the charity stripe.

Game nuggets:

— In the first half alone, Hunter almost matched his season averages of 16.2 points and 10.1 rebounds

— There were four ties and two lead changes

— Arizona led for 34:25 of the 40-minute game

— Stanley Johnson hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give Arizona the three-point halftime margin

— Arizona and UTEP were in the Border Conference together

— The UA now leads the all-time series 23-22 in El Paso

Check in later tonight for a full recap of tonight’s action.

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