published Friday, November 29th, 2013

UTEP reaches Atlantis semis, tops Tennessee 78-70

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    Tennessee's Quinton Chievous, right, pulls down a rebound as UTEP's Justin Crosgile watches during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Paradise Island, Bahamas, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013.
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PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas — McKenzie Moore led a balanced attack with 19 points and Texas-El Paso moved into the semifinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis with a 78-70 win over Tennessee on Thursday night.

UTEP (4-2) plays No. 23 Iowa on Friday night for a berth in the title game. Tennessee (3-2) faces Xavier in the consolation round.

John Bohannon scored 16, while Julian Washburn and Justin Crosgile each had 12 for the Miners, who had shot 41 percent in their last two games but came out sizzling against the Volunteers.

Jordan McRae scored 22 points for the Volunteers, who will be facing Xavier for the second time in 2½ weeks. Xavier beat Tennessee 67-63 on Nov. 12, and the teams even shared the same charter flight from the U.S. to the Bahamas earlier this week.

Jarnell Stokes finished with 13 points and 13 rebounds for Tennessee, which got 13 points from Josh Richardson.

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