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UTEP Basketball’s Odigie Named to All-C-USA Freshman Team

DALLAS – UTEP basketball’s Efe Odigie was named to the 2019 All-Conference USA Freshman team, as announced by league officials Monday afternoon. Odigie is the first Miner to garner an All-C-USA Freshman honor since 2016.

Odigie averaged 12.7 points per game and 10.1 rebounds per contest. He is the first UTEP player to finish the season averaging a double-double since Terry White did so (10.1 ppg/10.2 rpg) in 1981-82. Odigie is one of nine Miners to average a double-double in a single season.

Odigie’s 252 rebounds in 25 games played are the second most by a UTEP freshman (Odigie missed the final four games due to an injury). Arnett Moultrie grabbed 302 boards in 37 games during the 2008-09 season. However, Odigie’s 10.1 rebounds per game will go down as the best average by a UTEP freshman, surpassing Anthony Burns’s 9.4 rebounds done in 1977-78. Odigie’s scoring average (12.7) will rank fifth best by a UTEP freshman.

The Houston product is the only C-USA player to finish the regular season averaging a double-double and currently still leads the league in rebounds per game. WKU’s Charles Bassey (15 ppg) ranks second at 9.9 rebounds per game. The last C-USA freshman to average a double-double was Charlotte’s Joseph Uchebo (13.2 points per game and 11.5 boards per contest in 2015-16).

Odigie recorded 11 double-doubles during the campaign, ranking second in C-USA and tied for third among Division I freshman. It’s the most double-doubles by a UTEP freshman in program history and the most by a UTEP player since Vince Hunter’s 13 in 2013-14.

The 6-9 big man registered five games of 15 or more rebounds during the season, including a career-high 20 rebounds at Marshall. The 20 boards were the most recorded by any player in a league contest this season. Odigie added 22 points against the Thundering Herd and became the first Miner since Jim Barnes to register a 20-20 game.

Barnes did so on Feb. 22, 1964. Odigie added 17 rebounds against ENMU and 15 against FIU. Odigie also recorded back-to-back 16-rebound performances (at UTSA, vs. UTSA) and was the first Miner to do so since Dick Gibbs did during the 1970-71 season. His five games of 15-plus rebounds were the most since White posted four in 1981-82.

Barnes amassed an impressive 11 games of 20-plus rebounds in 1963-64.

Odigie’s career high in points was a 24-point outing against UC Riverside, Odigie also set a UTEP freshman record by opening his career with 12 consecutive double-figure scoring games.

Odigie shot 48.6 percent (118-243) from the field (ranked 15th in C-USA) and 68.3 percent (82-120) from the foul line. Odigie chipped in 14 assists, 13 blocks and 15 steals.

Southern Miss Tops UTEP 77-47

HATTIESBURG, Ms. – UTEP freshman Efe Odigie (10 points, 14 rebounds) recorded his 11th double-double but Southern Miss jumped out to a big lead in the first half and never looked back as the Golden Eagles (17-9, 9-5 Conference USA) used hot shooting to top the Miners (8-17, 3-11 C-USA), 77-47, on Saturday afternoon in Reed Green Coliseum.

“That was definitely the challenge in the second half, was to come out and compete as hard as you could and try to win the second half,” first-year UTEP Head Coach Rodney Terry said. “We, obviously, couldn’t play as worse as we did in the first half. I thought our guys came out competed as hard as they could in the second half. We did a much better job.”

After being down by 42 points at halftime, the Miners outscored the Golden Eagles, 35-23 in the second half. UTEP shot over 44 percent in the second half and outrebounded its opponent, 25-11. Overall, the Miners outrebounded USM, 36-34.

UTEP, was down 71-21 at one point during the second half, but went on a 16-1 run and finished out the second period, outscoring USM, 26-6.

Gilles Dekoninck came off the bench, tallied 11 points and grabbed a career-high seven rebounds in 17 minutes of action. Dekoninck scored his first points since Dec. 1 and first points in league action. Nigel Hawkins, who continued his solid play on the road in C-USA games, scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half. Hawkins shot 5-for-7 from the field and 3-of-5 from downtown. Ountae Campbell connected on a three-point bucket and tallied four boards. Campbell led the Miners with two steals, while he and Odigie led the team with a pair of assists apiece.

Southern Miss was led by LaDavius Draine’s 24 points, while Tyree Griffin scored 12 points and dished out eight assists.

Up next, C-USA will announce the times and dates for the remaining four games in C-USA “Bonus Play” Saturday night. UTEP is grouped with no. 11 Rice, no. 12 Middle Tennessee and no. 14 Charlotte.

The Miners will have home games against Rice and Middle Tennessee, and will play at Charlotte and Middle Tennessee.

UTSA Downs UTEP 75-60; Miners’ Odigie Snags 6th Double-Double

SAN ANTONIO – Efe Odigie scored 19 points and pulled down 15 rebounds on his way to his sixth career double-double and Nigel Hawkins set career highs in points (21), rebounds (nine), made free throws (nine) and blocks (two), but it wasn’t enough as UTSA took care of UTEP, 75-60, in the Conference USA openers on Thursday night at the Convocation Center.

“I always tell the guys, whether we get off to a good start or bad start, you got to work the game because you really have to come out and set the tone defensively, and we didn’t do a very good job of that tonight to start the ball game,” first-year UTEP Head Coach Rodney Terry said. “You can’t let a scoring team that really wants to shoot the basketball come out and get comfortable and let them do the things they want to do. They had us on our heals all night and we couldn’t get meaningful stops like we needed to.”

The Roadrunners (7-7, 1-0 C-USA) were dominant the whole contest as they raced out to a 13-0 lead to start the contest, while an 8-0 run to open the second half doomed the Miners (5-7, 0-1 C-USA). The Miners finally got on the board at the 15:41 mark on an Evan Gilyard free throw.

The Miners got within six points (17-11) after a made three-point bucket by Gilyard at the midway point of the first half and Odigie converted a tip-in after a missed shot to get UTEP within seven points (27-20) at the 5:52 mark. But the Roadrunners kept making shots and would take a 33-24 lead into the locker room.

UTEP could only get within 13 points on multiple occasions during the second half. The Roadrunners took 71 shots, making 29 of them (40.8 percent), while the Miners struggled from the field, shooting only 17-for-50 (34.0 percent). UTSA also outrebounded UTEP, 43-38, committed only 10 turnovers to the Miners’ 18.

The Miners connected on a season-high 82.8 percent (24-29) of their free throws, as Hawkins connected 9-of-11, Odigie went 7-for-8, and Gilyard, who scored 14 points, also went 7-of-8 from the charity stripe.

Odigie, however, continued his hot start to his collegiate career, now scoring in double figures in 12 consecutive games. The Houston native has accomplished something no other UTEP freshman has done to begin a career. The last Miner to score double figures in 12 consecutive games was Omega Harris back in 2016-17 when he did it in 16 straight contests.

Keaton Wallace led UTSA with 23 points, while C-USA’s leading scorer entering the game was held to 13 points, shooting 5-for-16 from the field. Atem Bior grabbed a team-high 12 rebounds and chipped in with eight points.

UTEP and UTSA will tangle again on Jan. 5, this time in the Haskins Center. The Miners will look to end a four-game losing skid to the Roadrunners on Saturday night. The 7 p.m. tipoff is the Miners’ annual “Noche Latina” game as UTEP will celebrate Hispanic culture and 500 fans will receive a “Vamos Mineros” t-shirt.

Efe Odigie Named C-USA Freshman of the Week

UTEP men’s basketball’s Efe Odigie, who produced his fifth career double-double, was named the Conference USA Freshman of the Week presented by Top of the World and chosen by vote from a media panel representing the 14-member schools.

It’s the second FOTW honor for Odigie as he was named C-USA Freshman of the Week on Nov. 26.

Odigie produced another impressive two-game set, this time at the WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational Dec. 21-22. Odigie was also honored with the Don Haskins Award following the holiday hoops tournament. Odigie averaged 15.0 points per game and 10.0 rebounds per contest. Odigie shot 10-for-20 from the field and 10-for-14 (71.4 percent) from the charity stripe. Odigie began the weekend with an 18-point performance and came up a rebound short of a double-double against the Norfolk State.

During UTEP’s 76-65 victory against Wyoming the next night, Odigie worked the boards, ripping down 11 rebounds and scoring 12 points for double-double no. 5 in his young career.

Odigie ranks second in Conference USA at 9.2 rebounds per game, and is averaging 15.5 points per contest (12th in C-USA).

Odigie is the first UTEP freshman to earn multiple freshman of the week honors since Vince Hunter was a recipient five times during the 2013-14 campaign. Julian Washburn was the C-USA Freshman of the Week four times during the 2011-12 season.

Odigie also ties with Anthony Burns who tallied five double-doubles during the 1977-78 season, Burns’s freshman season. Arnett Moultrie registered six double-doubles during his freshman season (2008-09) and Terry White recorded eight double-doubles as a frosh in 1978-79.

The Miners have earned three this season with Odigie’s pair and Jordan Lathon’s FOTW honor on Dec. 3. UTEP had six FOTW honors during the 2013-14 season with Hunter’s five and Matt Wilms’s weekly honor. The Miners had five during the 2011-12 campaign with Washburn’s four and Cedrick Lang being named freshman of the week.

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