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Ochai Agbaji scored 23 points and Christian Braun added 20 to lead Kansas past UTEP, 78-52, on Tuesday at the T-Mobile Center in Kansas City, Missouri.
The Jayhawks, who are ranked No. 8 in the nation by the Associated Press and No. 7 in the Coaches Poll, improved to 7-1 on the season. UTEP, which has lost two straight, is 4-4. The all-time series between the two teams is now even at 3-3.
All six of Kansas' wins this year have been by double digits. The Jayhawks shot 53.6 percent from the field and outrebounded UTEP, 40-29. The Miners shot 31.1 percent form the field and made 3 of 23 shot from 3-point range. Agbaji was 9 for 12 from the field and added six rebounds.
Kansas with big first half
The Jayhawks took a 42-21 lead at halftime behind 13 points from Agbaji and 10 points from Braun. Agbaji shot 5 of 6 from the field and Baum added five rebounds.
Kansas made 16 of 27 from the field and 8 of 10 from the free throw line. UTEP was 9 of 30 from the field and 1 of 10 from 3-point range. Guard Souley Boum led the Miners with seven points in the first half.
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Bieniemy limited to 11 minutes
UTEP starting guard Jamal Bieniemy was limited to 11 minutes on Tuesday and didn't play in the second half. He collided with teammate Kevin Kalu in the first half and the two banged heads. Bieniemy made 2 of 3 shots from the field before leaving the game.
Two score in double digits for UTEP
Boum scored 18 points to lead the Miners, including a 6-for-6 showing from the free throw line. Guard Keonte Kennedy added 11 points for the Miners, who made 11 of 12 from the free throw line. Guard Christian Agnew had seven rebounds for the Miners.
What the coach said
"They are disruptive, they came out and defended," said Miners Associate Head Coach Jeremy Cox. "They have improved since last time they played. They are great in transition. Our kids competed and we did some good things. We turned them over 16 times and we started being disruptive in the second half."
The Miners are at the University of New Mexico on Sunday for a 1 p.m. tip-off. New Mexico lost 78-76 to New Mexico State in overtime on Monday night.
This article originally appeared on El Paso Times: Kansas Jayhawks too much for UTEP basketball in 78-52 win