• September 17, 2021
 H-P Sports In Depth: Miners Close out Regular Season vs Charlotte; Salute Senior Artis

Prior to Saturday’s game, the Miners will pay tribute to their lone senior Dominic Artis (15)

H-P Sports In Depth: Miners Close out Regular Season vs Charlotte; Salute Senior Artis

UTEP (13-16, 11-6 C-USA) faces Charlotte (13-15, 7-10 C-USA) in the regular season finale on Saturday at 1 p.m. in the Haskins Center.

Prior to Saturday’s game, the Miners will pay tribute to their lone senior Dominic Artis. The Miners are 1-4 in day games this season, and 30-17 under coach Tim Floyd.

UTEP is playing its third C-USA afternoon game of the season; the Miners lost at UTSA on Jan. 1 (67-55) and at Southern Miss on Jan. 7 (73-65).  This is UTEP’s first afternoon conference game in the Haskins Center since the 2015-16 regular season finale versus UTSA, which the Miners won 81-74.

The Miners can clinch the no. 4 seed and a first round bye in next week’s Conference USA Championships Presented by metroPCS with a victory or a Rice loss at WKU later in the day.

The Miners are 6-2 in C-USA home games with one-point losses to LA Tech (62-61) on Feb. 9 and Old Dominion (62-61) on Thursday.  UTEP is 22-3 in its last 25 league home games dating back to the 2014-15 season.


–    The Miners are 1-4 against Charlotte.  The lone victory came during the 2014-15 season, 73-68 in the Haskins Center.
–    The 49ers have won two of the first three games played between the teams in El Paso.


–    Braxton Ogbueze scored seven of his game-high 24 points during a decisive 19-4 run in the second half as Charlotte upended UTEP, 88-78, on Feb. 27, 2016 at Halton Arena.
–    The Miners set a school record for first half field goal percentage (.750) but only led 47-40.  In the second half, they shot 33.3 percent and were outscored 48-31.
–    Charlotte shot 48.4 percent for the game and made 10-of-23 three-pointers and 18-of-20 free throws.
–    The Miners led for most of the first half. They took their largest lead of 10 points (61-51) with 14:58remaining on two free throws by Lee Moore.
–    Charlotte’s Andrien White, who scored 22 points, followed with a three-pointer and a dunk to slice the deficit in half (61-56) before being helped to the locker room with an injury.
–    The 19-4 run continued without him as Ogbueze’s three-pointer with 9:53 to go gave Charlotte its first lead (66-63) since it was 28-27 in the first half.
–    Omega Harris’ layup made it a one-point game (66-65), but the 49ers countered with the next four points.  Moore’s jumper drew UTEP within three (70-67) with about eight minutes left, but Ogbueze nailed a three with 7:10 to play and the Miners couldn’t get closer than four the rest of the night.
–    Joseph Uchebo had 15 points and 10 rebounds on “Senior Day” for Charlotte, and Curran Scott scored 12 off the bench.
–    UTEP placed five players in double figure scoring – Moore (16 points), Earvin Morris (15), Hooper Vint (14), Dominic Artis (13) and Harris (12).


–    Zoran Talley made two free throws with 2.5 seconds left, and officials ruled that Matt Willms’ tip-in came after the buzzer sounded as Old Dominion held on for a 62-61 victory at UTEP on Thursday night.
–    The Miners inbounded the ball with 2.1 seconds left.  Omega Harris missed a jumper and Willms tipped it in for the apparent game winner.  House replays showed the ball leaving Willms’ hand with 0.1 seconds on the clock.  But the officials ruled the clock wasn’t started immediately on the inbound, meaning Willms’ shot came after time had run out.
–    The Miners trailed 51-40 with 7:17 remaining, and nearly pulled off their fourth win in C-USA play when trailing by double digits in the second half.
–    UTEP was down 53-45 with 5:54 left, but went on a 16-5 run over the next five minutes and took a three-point lead (61-58) on an NBA-range three-pointer by Harris with 1:03 to go.
–    After Talley made a jumper with 52 seconds remaining to cut it to one, Dominic Artis was fouled with 19.5 seconds left.  He missed both free throws.  Following a jump ball call on the other end that awarded the ball to ODU, Paul Thomas was whistled for a foul with 2.5 seconds on the clock.  Talley, a 60 percent foul shooter, swished both for what turned out to be the decisive points.
–    The Miners struggled mightily offensively in the second half – at one point going  eight and a half minutes without a field goal — before coming alive behind Trey Touchet, who scored 10 of his 12 points in the second half.
–    A personal 10-0 run by Touchet carved a 48-38 deficit down to 53-48.  Jake Flaggert got the Miners closer on a three-pointer with 3:45 to play, setting up the wild finish.
–    Harris led the Miners with 14 points.  Touchet made 3-of-5 shots, 2-of-3 three pointers and 4-of-4 free throws.  Artis had 11 points and six assists, and Thomas scored 10 points.
–    Talley scored 17 points for Old Dominion, and B.J. Stith added 12.  The Monarchs outscored UTEP 8-0 in second chance points in the first half in building a 31-27 lead after the Miners led by seven a few times early.


–    The 49ers continue to feature one of the most explosive offenses in C-USA in year two under the direction of former NBA star Mark Price.
–    Charlotte is averaging 77 points per game (fourth in C-USA).  The 49ers are shooting 37.2 percent from three-point territory (second in C-USA) and averaging 7.8 made triples per game (third).
–    Charlotte’s dynamic sophomore guard Jon Davis is averaging 19.9 ppg, second in C-USA behind Marshall’s Jon Elmore (20.3 ppg).  Davis is shooting 49.3 percent from the floor, 39.5 percent from beyond the arc and 78.5 percent from the charity stripe.
–    Lending support are junior guard Austin Ajukwa (11.6 ppg), a Clemson transfer, along with sophomore guard Andrien White (10.7 ppg) and senior guard Braxton Ogbueze (10.3 ppg).
–    Charlotte’s struggles have come on the defensive end where they are yielding 80.7 points per game, and on the boards where they have a rebound margin of -7.6 per outing.
–    The 49ers are 3-8 on the road, including 2-6 in league action with a victory at North Texas (82-81) on Jan. 26 and at UTSA (76-75) on Thursday.
–    The 49ers are 3-8 on the road, including 2-6 in league action with a victory at North Texas (82-81) on Jan. 26 and at UTSA (76-75) on Thursday.
–    Davis scored 17 points and made the game-winning three at the buzzer in Thursday’s win over the Roadrunners.  The 49ers trailed 70-62 with under three minutes remaining before going on a 9-0 run.
–    Charlotte made 10-of-18 three pointers, including 6-of-9 in the second half, as Ogbueze was 5-for-7 from beyond the arc.
–    Mark Price was  an  assistant  coach  with  the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks during the 2009-10 season, the same year UTEP’s Tim Floyd was an assistant with the New Orleans Hornets.
–    Price  and  legendary  UTEP  coach Don Haskins are both alumni of Enid (Okla.) High School.

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