UTEP sophomore forward Vince Hunter was selected the season’s first Conference USA Player of the Week on Monday after leading the Miners to a victory over a Pac-12 opponent.
Hunter collected 14 points and a career-high 16 rebounds, both team highs, as UTEP topped Washington State, 65-52, on Friday. He added two blocks and two steals in 31 minutes of action.
The Miners led throughout the contest to beat the Cougars for the second straight year. It was UTEP's ninth win over a team from either the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, SEC or Pac-12 conferences since Tim Floyd took over as the Miners' head coach for the 2010-11 season.
This is Hunter's first career C-USA Player of the Week honor, but he won a season-best five C-USA Freshman of the Week awards last season.
UTEP will host NM State on Saturday at 7 p.m. in the First Light Federal Credit Union Battle of I-10.