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Texas-El Paso 83, Seattle 55

December 8, 1996

EL PASO, Texas (AP) _ JoJo Garcia set career highs with 27 points and 12 rebounds as Texas-El Paso defeated Seattle 83-55 Sunday.

Garcia, a 6-10, 250-pound senior center, scored 10 of his points during a 30-6 run that began with UTEP down 15-12 with 9:06 left in the first half. He highlighted the streak with three straight steals that led to points.

UTEP (3-1) would go on to lead 43-25 at halftime, eventually going ahead by as many as 31 in the second half.

Other leading scorers for the Miners were Kimani Jones-Young and Jason Tollette, each with 11.

Mark Stottlemyre led Seattle (4-6) with 16 points and eight rebounds. Cory Hitzemann, Junior Mack and Roger Hammond added nine points apiece for the Chieftains.

Garcia’s previous scoring high was 13 points last January against Colorado State.

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