UTEP downs NAIA Loyola (N.O.) 84-49

The Associated Press
UTEP downs NAIA Loyola (N.O.) 84-49
Loyola' of New Orleans' Kyle Simmons puts up a shot against UTEP's Julian Washburn during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, in El Paso, Texas. (AP Photo/El Paso Times, Victor Calzada)

EL PASO, Texas (AP) -- Matt Willms scored 20 points and led three other players in double digits as UTEP defeated NAIA Loyola New Orleans 84-49 on Saturday night.

Willms scored 18 of his 20 points in the second half of the season opener while UTEP outscored the Wolf pack in the final 20 minutes 49-28. Julian Washburn scored 12 points with eight rebounds, and John Bohannon grabbed eight rebounds also along with 16 points. McKenzie Moore scored 15 points and tied for a game-high five assists with Justin Crosgile. UTEP finished with 25 assists total.

Loyola (N.O.) struggled offensively in its exhibition game, going 0 for 7 on 3-pointers and finishing the night with only one assist. Jalen Gray and Kyle Simmons each scored 12 points.

Both teams got a slow start as Loyola (N.O.) made its first shot four minutes in to tie the game, 2-2.