NEWARK, N.J. — P.J. Miller scored 13 points and New Jersey Institute of Technology got off to a fast start in a 64-51 victory over UTPA on Saturday in Great West Conference play.
The Highlanders (10-10, 3-0) trailed briefly in the first minute, took a 36-20 halftime lead and led by 19 points in the second half. Miller got scoring help from Ky Howard, who came off the bench to score 12 points, and Chris Flores and Daquan Holliday (10 apiece).
For UTPA (10-11, 2-1), Brandon Provost and Jesus Delgado were the only players in double figures with 12 points each. The Broncs, who’d won three games in a row, were 4 for 18 on 3-point attempts. Aaron Urbanus misfired on all five of his shots from beyond the arc.
The Broncs played the entire second half some of the first without coach Ryan Marks, who was ejected after arguing a traveling call. Marks received a technical, then threw his sport coat. That prompted the additional technical and automatic ejection from the game.
Provost went 5 for 11 from the field, including 2 for 7 from behind the arc, with five rebounds, two assists and three steals. Delgado went 5 for 12 from the field, including 1 for 2 from behind the arc, with three rebounds, two assists and two steals.
The Broncs took their only lead in the opening minute when Delgado hit a jumper. The Highlanders scored the next eight points and kept the Broncs off the board for nearly seven minutes until Provost hit a three, but Howard responded with two jumpers and a layup as the Highlanders went up 16-5 with 10:43 remaining in the first half.
Ruben Cabrera got the Broncs right back into it with two layups and a free throw as part of a 7-0 run to make it a four-point game but the Highlanders went on an 11-0 run, capped by a Flores 3-pointer, to go up 27-12 at the 7:09 mark.
The Highlanders led by as many as 19 twice, at 50-31 after a pair of Odera Nweke free throws with 8:39 remaining, and at 53-33 on a Miller layup with 7:29 remaining.
The Broncs got back within 10 at 54-44 on a Delgado free throw to cap an 11-2 run with 4:40 to go, but that’s as close as they got.
NJIT won it at the foul line, hitting 16 of 28 foul shots while the Broncs were 7 for 13.