Following the loss of the three players, UTEP went on an eight-game winning streak and also added two hometown players to the roster.
The Jones brothers - Aaron and Alvin - dressed for the Charlotte game. Both are freshman.
C-USA Tournament At Home
Julian Washburn scored 20 points to lead four UTEP players in double figures as the Miners finished off East Carolina, 77-68, to christen the Conference USA Championship on Wednesday in the Don Haskins Center.
The fifth seed Miners (23-9) advanced to take on fourth seed Southern Miss (26-5) in the quarterfinals on Thursday.
The Miners took their largest lead of 23 points (51-28) with 16:35 to play, but couldn't completely shake the Pirates, who pulled within 13 points a few times. After East Carolina closed to within 72-59 with 2:49 remaining, Floyd put starters John Bohannon, C.J. Cooper,Vince Hunter and Julian Washburn back in the game.
The final score marked the closest East Carolina had been since it was 15-6 at the 14:50 point of the first half.
Bohannon had a double-double - the 20th of his career - tying him with Jim Forbes and Nevil Shed for the fifth-most in school history. Hunter added 12 points and Willms had 11. C.J. Cooper was UTEP's fifth effective starter with five assists and no turnovers in 29 minutes.
UTEP shot 51.8 percent from the field, held East Carolina to 43.1 percent, and outrebounded the Pirates 37-30.
Southern Miss defeated UTEP, 64-56 in the quarterfinals of the C-USA Tournament. UTEP must now wait to see if they are invited to the NIT or CBI for a post-season tournament.
UTEP Athletics contributed to this report