Green scores 26 to lift Middle Tennessee past UTEP 69-53

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Antonio Green had 26 points as Middle Tennessee defeated UTEP 69-53 on Wednesday night.

James Hawthorne had 18 points and eight rebounds for Middle Tennessee (10-20, 7-10 Conference USA). Reggie Scurry added 15 points. Jayce Johnson had 6 points and 13 rebounds for the road team.

Paul Thomas had 13 points and seven rebounds for the Miners (8-20, 3-14), who have now lost five straight games. Kaosi Ezeagu added 12 points and nine rebounds. Jordan Lathon had 11 points and six rebounds.

The Blue Raiders improve to 2-0 against the Miners on the season. Middle Tennessee defeated UTEP 75-72 on Jan. 19. Middle Tennessee finishes out the regular season against UTEP at home on Saturday. UTEP finishes out the regular season against Middle Tennessee on the road on Saturday.