Photo by Ruben R Ramirez – El Paso Herald Post
El Paso, Texas- The UTEP Miners Men’s Basketball Team suffered a loss on Super Bowl Sunday losing to the Marshall Thundering Herd 88-79.
The rare Sunday game in the middle of the day at the Don Haskins Center, a game time that UTEP is not particularly used to, may have been a significant factor in the Miners performance, still that alone is not enough to justify their overall performance that left a lot to be desired.
The loss was against a Marshall team that came to the Borderland with an 8-16 overall record and only one win in Conference USA play (1-10). Still, UTEP’s defensive effort was the main thing that failed on Sunday afternoon. You’re not going to win many games when you allow 88 points in your building.
This was definitely not a performance the Miners wanted to have especially going on the road for your next three games.
Here’s What Happened
- Once again Miner head coach Joe Goding went with a Souley Boum, Tydus Verhoeven, Jamari Sibley, Jorell Saterfield and Jamal Bieniemy starting five. A starting line up that has become go-to five for Golding. UTEP got off to a good start against the Thundering Herd shooting 61% from the field and 50% from three point range in the first eleven minutes of the first half.
- The Miners went on to lead by as many as eight points in the first half. Still the visiting Thundering Herd came roaring back in the final three minutes of the half to close out the half by taking a 39-38 lead.
- Marshall got out of the blocks first in the second half by going on a 6-0 run. The went up by as much as nine points, their biggest lead of the game, in the first nine minutes of the second half.
- With five minutes left in the game, the Miners were down by six points, 78-72. The Thundering Herd would extend that lead down the stretch to win by nine points. If UTEP could get a defensive stop in the closing minutes, they would fail to score on the ensuing offensive possession.
- Souley Boum and Jamal Bieniemy led the Miners in scoring, scoring 32 and 23 points respectively. More than two players scoring in double digits are needed to win games and that was not the case on Sunday afternoon for the Miners.
What was said
Bieniemy, Boum and head coach Joe Golding addressed the media after the game. All three alluded to their lack of the team’s defensive effort as the primary reason UTEP struggled against Marshall. Golding said, “Bottom line, this game is on me. I’m the head coach and we had a terrible game plan defensively, obviously we gave up 88 points. We did not have our team ready to play and I take ownership in that 100%.
UTEP will now hit the road for three consecutive road games. The Miners will face Louisiana Tech this coming Thursday (530 p.m. MST), Southern Miss on Saturday (11 a.m. MST) and Middle Tennessee State on Monday (5 p.m. MST).
Author: Joe Rodriguez | Photog: Ruben R. Ramirez – El Paso Herald Post
Rodriguez is a life long El Pasoan. Joe has covered sports locally across the Borderland since 2007 for various media outlet both in El Paso and Ciudad Juarez as a personal passion as he is a professional in the world of healthcare (Physiatry). His favorite sports include soccer, auto racing, golf and horse racing.