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UTEP Stymies Florida Atlantic in Second Half for 60-55 Victory

BOCA RATON, FLA. – UTEP held Florida Atlantic to 22 second-half points, and pulled away late for a 60-55 win over the Owls on Thursday night in Boca Raton.

The Miners (12-15, 10-5 C-USA) outscored the Owls 28-22 in the second half.  They limited FAU to 33.3 percent (9-for-27) shooting, including 1-for-13 from three-point range, over the last 20 minutes to begin their Florida trip on a winning note.

“We did a terrific job defensively in the second half,” UTEP coach Tim Floyd said.  “We guarded the three-point line and took away a lot of their key guys on the defensive end of the court.  We had a big respect for Gerdarius Troutman, and he had two field goals.  Omega [Harris] did a nice job there.  Justin Massey had a field goal.  We held [Nick] Rutherford to a field goal.  Our guards are guarding so well.”

Troutman, who scored 22 points and made six threes at UTEP on Jan. 14, had one field goal in each half and was 2-for-5 from the field, 0-for-3 from distance.  Massey, averaging 9.1 ppg, was 1-for-4 from the floor and 1-for-3 from beyond the arc.  Adonis Filer scored 13 of his game-high 15 points in the second half for the Owls (9-17, 5-10 C-USA).

UTEP led by as many as six points in the first half, but the Owls rallied to take a 33-32 lead into the locker room.  After the teams traded baskets to open the second stanza, the Miners went on an 8-2 run and built a 42-37 lead on a jumper by Jones with 12:56 remaining.  UTEP wouldn’t trail again, although there were some anxious moments when the Owls cut a seven-point deficit down to three (58-55) on two free throws by Filer with 56 seconds left.

Troutman missed a three that could’ve tied it with 19 seconds left and, following a wild scramble for the loose ball, Harris missed a breakaway dunk.  But Trey Touchet secured the key offensive rebound with 11 seconds remaining, and Jake Flaggert made two big free throws with six seconds left to push the lead back to five and all but end it.

The Miners outrebounded the Owls 32-30 as Dominic Artis (nine rebounds) and Harris (eight) combined for 17 boards.  Artis scored seven of his team-high 12 points in the last five minutes, including a crucial three-pointer with 3:51 left that gave UTEP its biggest lead (56-49).  He also provided a pivotal jumper with 1:11 to go on a strong move into the lane that put the Miners in front 58-53.

Harris scored 11 points, Matt Willms 10 and Kelvin Jones added a career-high 10 with two steals in 15 minutes off the bench.  His minutes were huge as the reigning Conference USA Player of the Week, Paul Thomas, was limited to 16 minutes due to foul trouble.  Jones made 5-of-7 shots and the UTEP bench was a combined 8-for-10 from the floor.

“We got a terrific performance out of Dominic Artis tonight.  He made some big, big shots for us down the stretch,” Floyd said.  “We got some terrific minutes out of Kelvin Jones off the bench.  He showed signs of developing into a very, very nice player tonight.  We had a couple of guys struggling from the floor who normally don’t, like Omega.  [Kelvin] kind of helped us out.  I thought as big as anything, Jake Flaggert took three big-time charges in the second half.  In any other game, those would’ve been baskets but he just keeps throwing his body out there in front of guys and takes away three possessions for the other team and gives us three more possessions.  Those things are underrated.”

The Miners outrebounded Florida Atlantic 20-15 in the second half with Artis and Harris combining for 11 rebounds.

“Dominic continues to be the best rebounding guard that I have coached,” Floyd said.  “He only had one turnover, 12 points, nine boards, and Omega had eight boards.  Even though he struggled offensively, he helped us defensively and on the glass.”

The Miners, still tied for third place in the league with Old Dominion, will wrap up their Sunshine State tour at FIU on Saturday at 5 p.m. MT.

Hot-Shooting Lifts UTEP Past Southern Miss 80-50

Dominic Artis scored six of his 20 points during a 16-0 run early in the second half as UTEP thumped Southern Miss, 80-50, on Saturday night in the Don Haskins Center for its seventh win in nine games.

The Miners made 12 three-pointers, their second-most in a game this season, led by Artis who was 6-for-9 from long range.  UTEP finished 12-for-23 from beyond the arc and shot 52.9 percent from the field on a night where Southern Miss’ game plan was to take the Miners’ inside game away.

“It was nice to get a win by that margin, and I’m really pleased with our guys in a lot of areas,” UTEP coach Tim Floyd said.  “We made some shots, which certainly helps.  I thought Dominic had a terrific shooting game.  He felt confident there, as well as [Trey] Touchet and Jake Flaggert.  I thought our two big guys played with a lot of poise.  Kelvin [Jones] looked really energetic and enthusiastic and active and played well and Matt [Willms] was double-teamed, triple-teamed all night long and had a lot of poise and threw the ball out of there.”

The Miners (9-15, 7-5 C-USA) led 41-31 at the half despite scoring just four points in the paint.  They were 7-for-14 from beyond the arc over the opening 20 minutes.

Southern Miss (7-18, 4-9 C-USA) cut it to nine (45-36) on a layup by Raheem Watts with 16:48 to play before UTEP went on the 16-0 run to take command.

In their last three home games versus the Golden Eagles, the Miners have had runs of 17-0 (2015), 13-0 (2016) and 16-0.  After watching LA Tech take control early in the second half Thursday with a 21-3 run in an eventual 62-61 victory, the Miners were the aggressors this time around.

“The big difference was how we started the second half offensively and defensively,” Floyd said.  “We didn’t give up all those transition baskets that Tech got in the first five minutes of the second half.  This was a different Miner team tonight in those six minutes.”

Artis had 10 assists and six rebounds.  Omega Harris scored 17 points and Flaggert hit three threes on a night where Willms and Paul Thomas combined for 13 points, including four in the first half.

“They literally had two feet in the paint from every guy on the floor, other than the guy with the ball [in the first half],” Floyd said.  “And sometimes even the guy with the ball, his guy was sitting in all on top of Matt Willms.  They just never left the paint, never got out of the paint and I thought our guys played with poise. They kept moving the ball just to try to move the defenders because it had been really easy for us to take a shot on one pass.  We haven’t been a very good three-point shooting team.  It could’ve been a real trap for our team to have not handled it.  If we were going to get the same shot at the end of the possession as we were at the beginning of the possession, we might as well try to exploit and move them, and I thought the ball movement and player movement created some angles to the basket and some open looks for our guys.”

The Miners remain tied for fifth place in the Conference USA standings (with Marshall and Rice), and are a half-game behind fourth-place Old Dominion.  UTEP will play four straight league road games starting this week at North Texas (Thursday) and Rice (Saturday).

“I think that the last two ballgames we had eight and six turnovers, and that’s something you want to be able to take on the road with you, that kind of poise,” Floyd said.  “That’s a credit to our guards.  Dominic and Omega are not getting outside of themselves right now, and it’s because of Paul’s improvement and Matt’s improvement that they’re not having to do as much.  We’re a much more settled team offensively and we’ve grown offensively because of Matt’s health.

“To our kids’ credit, they’re improved in all areas – defensive rebounding, handling the ball, and our defensive field goal percentage are numbers that we feel we can take on the road with us.  That’s what we mean by ‘Boys can win at home, it takes men to win on the road.’  We have to go guard on the road and we are going to play teams that are very, very capable of beating us.  It will be another great test.”

Miners Round Up Herd in Huntington 91-68

HUNTINGTON, W. VA. – Matt Willms scored 25 points and Dominic Artis added 24 points and 11 rebounds, as UTEP handed Marshall its first loss at home this season, 91-68, on Saturday night at the Cam Henderson Center.

The Miners (6-16, 4-4 C-USA) got a much-needed split of their road trip while notching their first road victory of the season.

Marshall (13-9, 6-3 C-USA), which entered the game tied for second place in C-USA, fell to 11-1 at home with only its third loss in the last 24 games in Huntington.

The Herd was held 20 points below its season average.  Marshall, averaging a C-USA best 10.6 three-pointers per game, shot 3-for-25 from beyond the arc.  The three triples were a season low for the Herd.

“I just thought we caught them on a night, they probably looked at our record and thought we stunk, and for the most part we have this year,” UTEP coach Tim Floyd said.  “I thought when they got it close and missed a couple of free throws it really hurt them.  They had some really nice open looks that they couldn’t get down, including a missed layup, shots that Marshall normally makes.”

But give the Miners credit, they trailed only once at 2-0 and, after seeing a 15-point lead dwindle to three early in the second half, they went on a 12-0 run and were in command the rest of the way.

Willms had some road trip.  After scoring 27 points at WKU on Thursday, he made 11-of-15 shots against the Herd while adding seven rebounds for the Miners, who absolutely throttled Marshall on the glass (45-29).  Willms averaged 26.0 ppg for the week, made 24-of-31 shots in the two games and will be a strong contender for Conference USA Player of the Week on Monday.

Artis was 11-for-16 from the floor while collecting 11 rebounds.  Omega Harris scored 13 points and Paul Thomas 11 for UTEP, which held on despite being forced to mix and match lineups in the second half with Thomas, Willms and Kelvin Jones all in foul trouble.

Jones was key off the bench with five points, five rebounds and two blocks in 13 minutes, and Deon Barrett came alive at the right time, scoring seven points on perfect shooting (2-for-2 FGs, 1-for-1 3FGs, 2-for-2 FTs) in 21 minutes.

“We got a really nice floor game out of our two guards tonight, Artis and Harris,” Floyd said.  “Best floor game they have had this year.  They did a nice job.  Kelvin Jones gave us some great minutes when Paul Thomas fouled out.  We went with the two bigs during that stretch and I thought he really helped us on the defensive boards.  He didn’t hurt us defensively.  We worried about chasing them with those two big guys, and they were able to stay between them and the basket for the most part.  He made a couple of nice feeds inside to Matt.”

Willms has gotten his conditioning in order and established himself as a dominant force in C-USA this week.

“Matt is emerging as a player.  This kid has got as much talent as any big guy in the country,” Floyd said.  “He has just never been able to play.  He hasn’t had an offseason for four years with knee [injury], and then he had a Joel Embiid foot injury.  He has never been able to lift, never been able to work out in the summer.  He didn’t practice for the first two months of the year and is kind-of rounding into shape.  I have been telling people he’s a great talent and he had a great weekend.  He is developing into a fine young player.”

The Miners got off to a great start, jumping out to leads of 8-2, 16-6 and 22-8.  Marshall trimmed it down to 10 (45-35) at halftime.

The Herd outscored UTEP 14-7 over the first five and a half minutes of the second half and cut the deficit to three (52-49) on a layup by Terrence Thompson, who scored 25 points with 10 rebounds.

UTEP’s ensuing 12-0 run featured six points from Artis, who scored 14 in the second half.

After Marshall pulled within nine (64-55) with 8:35 to go, the Miners scored five in a row to put it away.

UTEP’s 91 points were a season high.  The Miners shot 60.6 percent in the first half, 57.8 percent for the game, and scored a whopping 60 points in the paint.

Marshall’s starting guard tandem of Stevie Browning, Jon Elmore and Austin Loop, averaging 48 points between them, were held to 21 combined on 4-for-24 shooting from the field and 2-for-17 from three.

“I thought that we closed pretty hard [on the three-point shooters],” Floyd said.  “We just really respect their range.  They put 108 [points] on us last year.  It seemed like 200.  And we just really respect their range and I thought we did a pretty good job of closing and getting underneath them to where those shots, they didn’t have the same rhythm maybe that they’d had in the past, although a lot of them were open.  They had some open looks.  They just had one of those nights from the floor I think.”

The Miners will be home for four straight games, starting on Thursday when they host defending C-USA regular season champion UAB.  Tip-off is at 8 p.m. on “Jeep Jackson Tribute Night.”  Fans are encouraged to wear white.  UTEP will host last year’s C-USA Tournament champion and NCAA Tournament participant Middle Tennessee on Saturday at 6.

UTEP’s Artis Named C-USA Player of the Week

UTEP senior guard Dominic Artis was selected the Conference USA Player of the Week on Monday for his efforts in the Gildan Charleston Classic over the weekend.

Artis averaged 19.7 points, 6.3 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 1.3 steals in leading UTEP over three games at the tournament.  The Miners beat Western Michigan (85-75), while losing to Wake Forest from the Atlantic Coast Conference (103-81) and Mississippi State from the Southeastern Conference (61-54).

Artis opened the tournament with a game-high 24 points versus the Demon Deacons.  He made 8-of-12 shots, 3-of-5 three-pointers and 5-of-8 free throws while adding four rebounds and six assists.  Against Western Michigan, Artis narrowly missed posting only the second triple-double in school history.

He tallied 20 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists and two steals.  Artis went to the line a career-high 14 times in the game, making 10.  He closed out the tournament by logging 15 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals as the Miners went toe-to-toe with the Bulldogs.

Artis shot 51.4 percent (18-for-35) from the field, 35.3 percent (6-for-17) from the line and 68 percent (17-for-25) from the line while averaging 37.3 minutes in the three contests.

The San Francisco native leads the Miners in scoring (16.8 ppg), rebounding (7.0 rpg), assists (7.8 apg) and steals (2.0 spg).  Artis rates ninth nationally in assists.

The Miners will play six of their next seven games at home, beginning on Wednesday against Southeastern Louisiana at 7 p.m.

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