UTEP got good news on 6-6 junior point guard McKenzie Moore Friday.
Moore rolled an ankle coming down with a rebound at Thursday's practice. The MRI Friday revealed nothing broken, just a sprain. He will be out for one to two weeks.
The bad news is that Moore and junior C.J. Cooper are key figures in a thin Miner backcourt.
"I'm glad he won't be out too long," UTEP coach Tim Floyd said. "But he needs to be out here every day right now."
On the more good news front, 7-1 redshirt freshman Matt Willms seems to be making it through practice each day with the torn labrum in his right shoulder. Willms, who is left-handed, appears to be managing practice just fine. If you did not know he was injured, you probably would not think he was.
The team went through a scrimmage Thursday afternoon in the Don Haskins Center. And there was still more good news.
Junior Jalen Ragland, who is an excellent shooter, knocked down six 3-pointers in the 40-minute game. Ragland has always been an excellent shooter but it has seldom translated from the practice floor to the game floor. Floyd and the Miners are hoping this will be the year when Ragland relaxes and shoots the way he can.