Juarez City.- The UTEP Miners were chosen to rival the Texas Longhorns in the first official basketball game at UT’s new home, the Moody Center, but El Pasoans couldn’t spoil the party by losing Monday night 72-57 to the UTEP Miners. Austin.

The Moody Center, which cost $375 million, tonight featured an audience of 11,313 fans who saw their team win in the opening game of the 2022-23 college basketball season.

UTEP’s Tae Hardy will go down in history as the Moody Center’s first leading scorer in a competitive game. Hardy made a second-chance basket in the paint with 1 minute and 36 seconds left in the game.

It was the only time the Pitmen were up on the scoreboard and the joy was short-lived, as 26 seconds later Texas evened the score thanks to a small shot by Timmy Allen. At halftime, the Long Horns led 33-20.

The second half was more disputed and the Longhorns won by just two points, 39-37, but the advantage gained in the first half was decisive for them to tip the balance in their favor.

In the second half, the Pitmen reached eight points on three occasions. The first thanks to a layup over the Calvin Solomon painting with 11:01 on the clock (48-40), then Jamary Sibley scored a two and the score was 50-42 with 9:48 to play. , and the last in a Kevin Kalu dunk (52-44) with 7:42 left in the game.

After that, the Miners fell into a nearly three-minute drought that was put to good use by the Long Horns scoring eight unanswered points and moving up 16, 60-44. Tae Hardy broke the drought with a long-range kick with 4:55 left on the clock.

A minute later, Texas opened up a game-wide 20-point lead on Sir’Jabari Rice’s 3-point shot.

Next Saturday the Miners debut at home against the New Mexico State University Aggies, in another edition of the Battle of I-10 at the Don Haskins Center, which will start at 7 pm El Paso time, at 8 pm Juarez time.

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