UAB used a 14-0 run in the second half to go up 13 points and never looked back. The Blazers (14-9, 5-5 Conference USA) dominated the Miners (13-10, 4-6 C-USA) in the second half, on their way to a 69-55 win on Saturday night in the Haskins Center.
After the game was tied at 27 at the half, UAB shot 60.0 percent (15-25) from the field, outscoring UTEP, 42-28, in the second half.
“Even though we didn’t score, we have to be able to defend,” second-year UTEP Head Coach Rodney Terry said. “We have to compete at the end of the day and we didn’t do that tonight. I was disappointed that we didn’t play at the level we needed to.”
Bryson Williams led with a game-high 26 points, while Souley Boum was the other Miner with double figures (10 points).
UTEP scored a season-low 55 points on 19-of-46 shooting (41.3 percent), while UAB shot 54.0 percent from the field overall. The Blazers outscored the Miners in the paint, 36-16, and 20-14 on points off turnovers. After only eight turnovers on Thursday night against Middle Tennessee, UTEP doubled that number on Saturday night.
UAB’s 14-0 run started at the 17:11 mark after Williams gave UTEP a 30-29 lead. The Blazers took a 43-30 lead with 13:49 left in the contest.
At the 9:23 mark in the first half, UTEP took a 17-13 advantage off an Odigie layup on a fast break. After a missed jumper by Kaden Archie, UAB answered with 6-0 run capped by a Will Butler jumper.
Boum answered with one of three UTEP threes, giving UTEP a 20-19 edge at the 7:30 mark.
The Blazers took a 23-20 lead on a Butler jumper. The Miners answered with a 5-0 spurt, as Edwards drained a three and Boum hit a jumper off the glass for a two-point lead (25-23). The Blazers received baskets from Jordan Brinson and Tyreek Scott-Grayson to take a 27-25 lead.
However, Boum followed with a jumper in the paint on a fast break to tie the contest 27-27 going into the locker room.
Eight UAB players scored, led by Butler’s 17 points, and Jalen Benjamin’s 15. Tavin Lovan and Scott-Grayson each tallied 11 points.
Up next, the Miners will hit the road, playing at Charlotte (12-9, 6-4 C-USA) on Feb. 6 (5 p.m. MT/7 ET) and at Old Dominion (9-14, 6-4 C-USA) on Feb. 8 (5 p.m. MT/7 ET). Both contests can be heard on 600 ESPN El Paso, while both games will be streamed on ESPN+.
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BIRMINGHAM, Al. – Avery Crouse (11 points), Katarina Zec (11 points) and Ariona Gill (10 points) all hit double figures in scoring, but an off shooting day loomed large in UTEP’s 63-51 setback at UAB Saturday afternoon.
The Miners (12-8, 5-4 C-USA) finished at 29.5 percent from the floor (18-61), which was hindered by shooting 18.5 percent (5-27) over the first 20 minutes. The Blazers (15-7, 7-3 C-USA) capitalized, putting UTEP in a 17-point hole (36-19) at the half. The Miners fought back after the break to get within eight (55-47) with four minutes left, but they couldn’t complete the comeback.
The nation’s second-best 3-point shooting team lived up to its billing by connecting on 43.5 percent (10-23) from beyond-the-arc. Overall UAB finished at 47.1 percent (24-51) from the floor. Rachel Childress was the catalyst with 26 points on 10-13 shooting, including 4-5 from distance.
Still UTEP’s defensive efforts were to be lauded after holding the top scoring offense in the league to 15 points shy of its seasonal average (78).
“I was really pleased with our defense,” UTEP head coach Kevin Baker said. “We really defended well. We held them to 63, but as luck would have it, in the first half we couldn’t throw it in the ocean. That’s how it’s been for our team lately.”
UTEP took good care of the ball with a season-low eight turnovers and also drilled 75.0 percent (12-16) at the charity stripe, but those weren’t enough to make up for shortcomings in other areas.
UAB jumped out to a 7-0 advantage three minutes into the contest before Ariana Taylor knocked down a jumper to get the Miners on the board. The Blazers scored the next four points in the game to make it a double-digit differential, which it remained through 10 minutes of action (16-4).
Arina Khlopkova drilled a jumper at the onset of the second frame only to have the Blazers counter with six unanswered points. After the deficit swelled to 17 (24-7), the Miners used a pair of free throws from Crouse and a triple by Zec to trim the differential to 12 (24-12). UAB had another response, and the Miners trailed by 17 (36-19) at the half.
The deficit was still 17 (45-28) midway through the third quarter before UTEP started to make a move. The Miners chipped away to get it down to 11 (50-39) before settling for trailing by 13 (52-39) heading to the final frame.
UTEP opened up the fourth quarter on an 8-3 surge to trail by single digits (55-47) for the initial occasion since the opening frame. Childress drilled a jumper to reinstate a double-digit margin for the home side, and UTEP could get no closer the rest of the way.
UTEP will return home to play host to Charlotte at 7 p.m. MT Thursday. Fans are encouraged to wear pink to raise awareness in the battle against breast cancer.
Bryson Williams (28 points, 10 rebounds) and Efe Odigie (15 points, 10 rebounds) each recorded a double-double while leading UTEP to a narrow, 67-66, triumph over Middle Tennessee on Thursday night in the Haskins Center.
The Miners (13-9, 4-5 Conference USA) only gave up the ball eight times, while forcing 15 turnovers by the Blue Raiders (5-17, 1-8 C-USA). UTEP outscored MT, 12-5 on points off turnovers. The Miners also recorded nine offensive boards, tallying 10 second-chance points.
UTEP overcame four Blue Raiders in double-figures and improved to 11-1 at The Don. It’s also the most wins in the Sun City since the 2015-16 campaign (14). UTEP surpassed their C-USA win total from a season ago, while its 13 overall victories are the most since the 2016-17 campaign.
“We knew it was going to be a ball game,” second-year UTEP Head Coach Rodney Terry said. “We had to come in and really try to defend really hard tonight, and have physical block outs. We knew [Middle Tennessee] was averaging 12 offensive rebounds a game and we did a really good job holding those guys to six offensive rebounds. They could really shoot the basketball and they’re a much better team than what their record shows. Their personnel is really good.”
Reggie Scurry, after tallying 16 offensive rebounds in three games against the Miners last year, was held to zero on Thursday night and only two defensive rebounds.
“We did a really good job on Scurry, who really hurt us last year in every ball game. We did a really good job on him,” Terry said.
MT’s Jo’Vontae Green (19 points), Antonio Green (12 points), Jayce Johnson (10 points) and Tyson Jackson (10) each went for double-figure points.
Williams registered his fifth double-double of the season and shot 5-for-5 from the foul line, while Odigie notched his first double-double of the season and 12th during his career. The last time two Miners recorded a double-double each was on Nov. 19, 2018. Odigie went 6-of-12 from the field, including a made three-point shot. He’s now 3-for-3 from downtown on the season.
“[Odigie] was scary in practice the last couple of days,” Terry said. “He gave us a great look from the scout team and he carried that over into the game. He had the energy tonight and practiced like that the last couple days.”
Deon Stroud made his first start in his collegiate career, chipping in with seven points on 3-of-4 shooting, including a three-point play early in the second half. Stroud scored UTEP’s first points on a two-handed dunk.
Daryl Edwards hit a pair of treys in the second half, scoring six points, while Souley Boum recorded three assists and scored all five of his points during the second period. Nigel Hawkins tallied four points, five rebounds and a team-leading four assists, and Kaden Archie added two points.
The Miners couldn’t pull away from the Blue Raiders as they took a trio of five-point leads during the second half. The game had eight ties and 11 lead changes.
“I’m happy with the win, even though I thought we could’ve closed it out better,” Terry said. “But nevertheless, a win’s a win. We’ll take them any way we can get them right now.”
With UTEP down 42-41, Edwards hit a three that started a 7-1 run. Williams capped the run with a pair of made free throws, giving the Miners a 48-43 lead. However, MT answered with a 6-0 to take a 49-48 edge after a Millner three.
UTEP answered that run with its own 6-0 spurt. Williams hit a three, while Boum converted one of the Miners’ three three-point plays that put UTEP up 54-49 with 9:24 to play.
After a back-and-forth late stretch, UTEP took its biggest lead of the night 67-61 lead with nine seconds remaining after Hawkins buried a pair of free throws. But the pesky Blue Raiders made it a three-point contest (67-64) after Millner hit his third trey of the game.
Lathon, after being intentionally fouled, missed a pair of free throws that led the Green shooting a desperation deep three, in which Jackson tipped in the miss to make it a one-point game with one second.
However, time expired and UTEP escaped with the one-point victory.
Middle Tennessee jumped out to a 22-9 lead after Jo’vontae Millner connected on his second three in the half, followed by a two-point bucket at the 13:45 mark.
“We needed to set the tone with our defense, and we didn’t do that the first four minutes,” Terry said. “They [Middle Tennessee] came out and put their will on us to start the ball game. They made shots and scored points in the paint. But we stepped us to get back in the ball game.”
UTEP answered with a 15-0 run that stared with a made jumper by Williams. He scored six of those points, while Odigie drained a three-pointer. MT would take a six-point lead (32-28), but UTEP scored six of the next eight points to end the half and go into the locker room tied at 34-34.
Up next, UTEP will host UAB on Saturday, Feb. 1. The Miners and Blazers are set to tipoff at 7 p.m. in the Haskins Center.
The game can be heard on 600 ESPN El Paso with “The Voice of the Miners” Jon Teicher and Steve Yellen calling the action. The contest will also be streamed on ESPN+ with Duke Keith and Leonard Owens on the mic.
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After a road split last week, the UTEP men’s basketball team will look to even its Conference USA record as the Miners are set to host a pair of games against Middle Tennessee on Thursday night and UAB on Saturday, February 1.
UTEP, after playing nine of its last 12 games away from the Haskins Center, will play six of its last 10 regular season games in the Sun City.
The Miners (12-9, 3-5 C-USA) recently claimed their first road win in over a year, defeating Rice 72-64 in Houston on Jan. 23. UTEP fell in the following contest at North Texas, 67-57, to drop to two games under .500 in league action.
The Blue Raiders (5-16, 1-7 C-USA) won their first conference contest, edging Southern Miss, 65-63, on Jan. 25. Prior to the victory against the Golden Eagles, MT had lost 11 consecutive games.
Middle Tennessee leads the all-time series 7-3, while UTEP is 2-1 in the Haskins Center versus MT. The Blue Raiders and Miners met three times last year, as MT swept the season series. MT defeated UTEP, 75-72 in Murfreesboro, Tenn., on Jan. 9, 2019, won in the Haskins Center, 69-53, on March 6, and 48-47 back in the Murfreesboro on March 9 to close out the campaign.
The Blue Raiders have won five consecutive games against the Miners, dating back to March 10, 2017 at the Conference USA Tournament. UTEP last defeated Middle Tennessee on Feb 4, 2017 by the score of 57-54 in the Haskins Center.
Souley Boum produced his best two-game stretch during his collegiate career Jan. 23-25 at Rice and North Texas. The redshirt sophomore averaged 24.0 points per game, while shooting 18-for-20 from the foul line, 12-of-24 from the field and 40.0 percent from the three-point line.
Boum scored a career-high 27 points at Rice, shooting 40.0 percent from downtown and 6-of-12 overall from the field. The Oakland product continued his hot free-throw shooting, going 11-of-12 from the line versus the Owls, and chipping in with five rebounds, an assist and steal. Against the Mean Green, Boum led the way with a game-high 21 points.
Boum is also one of the premier free-throw shooters in the nation as his 90.6 percent clip rates 11th nationally and first in C-USA.
Boum has given the Miners a spark coming off the bench the last seven games, averaging 16.1 points per game during that span. During his first 14 games in the starting lineup, Boum averaged 10.9 points per game.
Overall, UTEP is shooting 77.0 percent from the foul line, ranking second in C-USA and 16th nationally. The Miners also rank second in C-USA with 328-made free throws and 35th nationally.
MT is led by redshirt junior CJ Jones. The 6-5 guard averages 16.3 points per contest, ranking fourth in C-USA. Jones is averaging 15.5 points per game in C-USA only games. Antonio Green ranks second on the squad with his 12.7 points per game.
Second-year MT Head Coach Nick McDevitt is been getting solid production during from his scorers in league play. Four players, including Jones, are averaging double figures. Green is averaging 11.5 points per game, while Donovan Sims (11.3 ppg) and Jayce Johnson (10.1 ppg) also average double-figures.
MT averages 71.7 points per game and gives up 76.4 points per contest. Opponents are shooting 46.2 percent, which ranks 14th in C-USA.
The Miners and Blue Raiders are set to tipoff at 7 p.m. in the Haskins Center. The game can be heard on 600 ESPN El Paso with “The Voice of the Miners” Jon Teicher calling the action with former UTEP basketball player Steve Yellen.
The contest will also be streamed on ESPN+ with El Paso Athletics Hall of Famer Duke Keith and Miner great Leonard Owens on the mic.
From the 6-minute mark in the first quarter until 11 seconds were left in the fourth, North Texas had a firm grip on the lead over UTEP, but the Miners rallied in the final moments to steal a 67-63 victory from the Mean Green on Saturday afternoon at the Don Haskins Center.
Ninety seconds into Saturday’s game, UTEP had a 4-3 lead over North Texas. From that point until 11 seconds remaining in the game, the Miners trailed the Mean Green until Ariona Gill’s tip-in gave UTEP a 65-63 advantage and its first lead since early in the first quarter.
Gill also sunk the And-1 to give the Miners a 66-63 lead with 11 seconds left in the game. Katarina Zec, who went off for 18 points in the second half after being silenced in the first, also added a free throw with three seconds remaining to clinch the 67-63 victory for UTEP.
With the win, UTEP improved to 12-6 overall on the season with a 5-2 mark in Conference USA action, while North Texas fell to 9-11 and 3-5 in league play.
“I didn’t think we played our best game today and I thought North Texas really defended us well and shot the ball particularly well,” head coach Kevin Baker said following the win. “I think they elevated their game against us today. I was really impressed with how they played, but then I was impressed by how we just hung around and then put ourselves in position to win in the fourth. Sometimes you have to win that way in a game where you are kind of out of rhythm a little bit; you have to find a way to win.”
The Miners shot just 14 percent (2-14) in the opening frame, but never shot below 40 percent the rest of the way, finishing the game 23-of-47 from the field in the final three quarters.
North Texas led UTEP for more than 30 minutes in the game, including a 27-22 lead for the Mean Green at the halfway point, but the Miners fought back to outscore UNT 45-36 in the final two frames.
Defensively, UTEP entered the game ranked first in C-USA in turnovers forced and lived up to that ranking after forcing 23 Mean Green turnovers, including 15 in the first half.
“Sometimes you forget – I know I do – that we are a young team that is still learning,” Baker said. “We played an emotional game on Thursday and it was a game we really wanted to win. It sort of deflated us a little bit emotionally and I think it carried over into the first quarter in this game. And that’s unfortunate, but we have to figure out a way to not let that happen. When that game is behind us, we have to move on to the next. We didn’t play well in the first quarter, but they played pretty well, and I thought that was a double-edged sword. We played really, really good defense to get ourselves back into the game and that is what I am most proud of.”
UTEP dominated when it came to points in the paint after scoring 38 to UNT’s 16, but it was the Mean Green’s bench that came up huge with 33 points. The Miners also capitalized off 23 North Texas turnovers by scoring 24 points in response.
Katarina Zec (18 points) and Ariana Taylor (12 points) led the Miners offensively, while Ariona Gill grabbed 11 rebounds in the win, including eight on defense. Freshman Katia Gallegos also added nine points, six rebounds and five assists in Saturday’s win.
North Texas had four players score in double figures, led by Summer Jones, who had 17 off the bench to go along with seven boards. Charlene Shepherd also came off the bench to score 16 with seven rebounds for the Mean Green, while Randi Thompson (11 points) and Anisha George (10 points) also paced North Texas offensively.
Next, the Miners will hit the road next week to take on Middle Tennessee (12-7, 4-3 C-USA) at 5:30 p.m. MT on Thursday, Jan. 30. From there, UTEP will travel to Birmingham, Alabama, to face UAB (13-7, 5-3 C-USA) at 1 p.m. MT on Saturday, Feb. 1.
DENTON, Texas – Souley Boum led UTEP with 21 points and Bryson Williams scored 18, but North Texas went 21-of-23 from the free-throw line and only turned the ball over six times on its way to a 67-57 win on Saturday in The Super Pit.
“We didn’t guard as well as we did at Rice,” second-year UTEP Head Coach Rodney Terry said. “Regardless of the calls and guys sitting in the first half due to foul trouble, the guys coming into the game have to get down and guard. We had to stay in the same coverage that we’re trying to work. We just didn’t guard the way we needed to guard tonight.”
The Miners (12-9, 3-5 Conference USA) shot well from the foul line, going 14-for-16, but went 5-for-19 from the three-point line. The Mean Green (14-8, 8-1 C-USA) have won eight consecutive games after forcing 13 UTEP turnovers and scoring 11 points off those turnovers.
UTEP, after being down by as many as 16 points (52-36), made a run and got within seven points (54-47). Williams and Boum combined for 11 points during that 11-2 run.
After the Mean Green built another double-digit lead (58-47), the Miners got within five points (58-53) after Williams made a layup with 3:35 left in the game. But James Reese made a three-point shot, putting his team up, 61-53.
UTEP got within six points (61-55) after Boum made a pair of free throws, but couldn’t get any closer as North Texas went 8-for-8 from the line down the stretch.
Williams, after only scoring three points at Rice, made seven field goals, while going 3-for-4 from the line. Boum went 6-for-12 and 7-of-8 from the line. Williams led the way with six boards and two blocks, while Jordan Lathon led with four assists and grabbed five rebounds.
Umoja Gibson was only held to six points after scoring 27 on Thursday, but Zachary Simmons tallied a team-best 16 points and Javion Hamlet recorded 14 points for the Mean Green.
In the first half, North Texas used an 8-0 run to take a 27-16 lead at the 5:57 mark. But Boum stopped the run by drawing a foul on a driving layup and making the free throw for the and-1 play. After UNT turnover, Boum took advantage and hit a jumper under the basket. Boum had scored five consecutive points to get the Miners within six points (27-21).
However, North Texas, who made 12-of-12 free throws and shot 50.0 percent from the field during the first period, finished out the half on an 11-6 run to take a 38-27 lead into the locker room.
Next up for UTEP, Middle Tennessee (Jan. 30) and UAB (Feb. 1) at home.
Both contests will tipoff at 7 p.m. and can be heard on 600 ESPN El Paso with “The Voice of the Miners” Jon Teicher and Steve Yellen calling the action. Duke Keith and Leonard Owens will be on the mic for both contests streamed on ESPN+.
The UTEP women’s basketball team (11-6, 4-2 C-USA) will wrap up its three-game homestand by playing host to North Texas (9-10, 3-4 C-USA) at 1 p.m. MT Saturday.
“North Texas is good enough tobeat any team in our conference when they are playing well. They will be a tough match-up for the Miners as we look to bounce back on Saturday. But I really like the way we are playing right now, and we are all excited about the challenge,” head coach Kevin Baker said.
The Miners were tripped up by league-leading Rice, 69-61, on Jan. 23. The Mean Green were saddled with a 1-4 start to C-USA play, but they enter Saturday’s match-up at 3-4 in the league after winning back-to-back contests.
Most recently UNT blasted UTSA by 24 (79-55) on the road on Jan. 23. UTEP is 9-4 at home, including 3-1 in league action. The Mean Green are 2-4 on the road, including 1-2 in away match-ups in the league.
In 2018-19 the Miners were decimated by injuries and finished the year at 9-22. It is a much different story this year, with UTEP (11-6) having already surpassed its overall win total from a season ago. The Miners are 4-2 in league play, which places them alone in third place. They are also on the verge of matching last season’s conference win tally.
Last year they started conference action at 1-8 en route to finishing 5-11 in the league.
Nine of UTEP’s victories have been by double figures, including six of at least 20 points. It is the most wins by 20+ points since 2013-14 (nine). The Miners had their largest differential (+45) under head coach Kevin Baker in a 92-47 drubbing of Alcorn State (11/16/19), which tied as the 10th-biggest margin of victory in program history.
They’ve also taken down UTSA (1/18/20) by 40 (94-54), Florida Atlantic (1/4/20) by 31 (96-65), FIU (1/2/20) by 30 (64-34), Western Michigan (11/29) by 30 (76-46) and NM State (11/23/19) by 20 (64-45). Overall UTEP’s scoring margin (+11.9) is second in C-USA and 46th in the country.
UTEP has three wins by at least 30 points in league play, which is the most such victories in a single season in program history. In fact the Miners had achieved the feat seven times total prior to this year, with the 2003-04 team (twice) previously holding the standard for a single season.
Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for kids, and may be purchased by calling (915) 747-5234. The game will be streamed on CUSA.TV (subscription based) and broadcast locally on 600 ESPN El Paso with Brandon Cohn and Traci Miller on the call.
Coming off its third-biggest margin of victory in a conference contest in program history, the UTEP women’s basketball team will lock up against defending C-USA regular season and tournament champion Rice at the Don Haskins Center at 7 p.m. MT on Thursday.
The Miners moved to 4-1 in league action by throttling UTSA, 94-54, on Jan. 18. UTEP’s four league wins have been by an average of 29.5 points. The Owls have won 25 straight Conference USA contests, including standing 6-0 in C-USA this year.
Most recently, Rice bested Southern Miss at home, 75-64, on Jan. 18. UTEP is 9-3 at home, including 3-0 in league action. The Owls are 3-2 on the road, which includes a 2-0 mark in C-USA contests.
The Miners are tied for second place in C-USA at 4-1 (ODU is also 4-1), while Rice paces the league at 6-0.
“Rice is a very interesting team because they play just like we do. They love to run in transition, they love to score in transition. They are very fast. When they don’t score in transition, they run a solid four out, one in, halfcourt attack, and that sounds an awful lot like to us,” head coach Kevin Baker shared. “We mirror each other in a lot of ways. The one area we don’t mirror them is they have a really big post player.”
In 2018-19 the Miners were decimated by injuries and finished the year at 9-22. It is a much different story this year, with UTEP (11-4) having already surpassed its overall win total from a season ago.
The Miners are 4-1 in league play, good enough for a share of second place in the league. Last year they started conference action at 1-8 en route to finishing 5-11 in the league.
UTEP has three wins by at least 30 points in league play, which is the most such victories in a single season in program history. In fact the Miners had achieved the feat seven times total prior to this year, with the 2003-04 team (twice) previously holding the standard for a single season.
UTEP has tallied at least 80 points in a school-record four consecutive contests. The Miners are averaging 89.8 points in the stretch, aided by a pair of 90+ point outbursts. UTEP is shooting a combined 51.0 percent (126-247) during the hot streak, including 44.0 percent (33-75) from 3-point range. The team is piling up 19.5 assists per contest over the surge, led by Katia Gallegos at 7.9 apg.
Nine of UTEP’s victories have been by double figures, including six of at least 20 points. It is the most wins by 20+ points since 2013-14 (nine).
The Miners had their largest differential (+45) under head coach Kevin Baker in a 92-47 drubbing of Alcorn State (11/16/19), which tied as the 10th-biggest margin of victory in program history. They’ve also taken down UTSA (1/18/20) by 40 (94-54), Florida Atlantic (1/4/20) by 31 (96-65), FIU (1/2/20) by 30 (64-34), Western Michigan (11/29) by 30 (76-46) and NM State (11/23/19) by 20 (64-45).
Overall UTEP’s scoring margin (+13.1) leads C-USA and is 37th in the country.
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Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for kids, and may be purchased by calling (915) 747-5234. The game will be streamed on CUSA.TV (subscription based) and through the 600 ESPN El Paso website with Duke Keith and Traci Miller on the call.
UTEP is looking for its first road win in over a year as the Miners will travel to Houston, to take on Rice on Thursday, January 23.
“Rice shoots the ball extremely well and they’ll put a lot of pressure on us defensively,” coach Terry said. “We know we need to try to guard as hard as we possibly can. We need to play tough and scrappy. We can’t give up transition baskets. We have a focal point of knowing we have to get back and get on defense.”
UTEP (11-8, 2-4 Conference USA) is coming off a split against UTSA. The Miners came back from a 24-point deficit to rally for an 80-77 overtime victory on Jan. 15, while the Roadrunners almost blew another big lead, this time by 23 points, but held off UTEP’s 17-2 run to come out on top, 86-70, on Saturday afternoon in San Antonio.
UTEP has lost its last 19 road games, as the Miners last won on March 3, 2018 at North Texas. UTEP will take on the Mean Green in Denton on Jan. 25.
Rice (9-11, 1-6 C-USA) has fell in its last three games, as the most recent was a 79-59 loss at North Texas on Jan. 20. The Owls previously lost at Southern Miss (81-68) on Jan. 18 and at LA Tech (72-56) on Jan. 16.
The Owls’ lone C-USA win came at home against FIU on Jan. 11, during a 92-78 stomping of the Panthers. Rice has last seven of its last eight contests after starting the season 8-4.
Despite its recent setbacks, second-year UTEP Head Coach Rodney Terry knows not to look past Rice.
Last season, the Miners and Owls split their two contests – both played in the Haskins Center. The first meeting was on Jan. 12, 2019 as Jordan Lathon connected on a buzzer-beater during a 65-64 triumph. UTEP was down by as many as 17 points in that contest. The Owls got their revenge in the next meeting, rallying past the Miners, 85-81 in double overtime, despite Lathon’s career highs in points (32) and rebounds (18).
UTEP leads the all-time series, 24-13, while winning 20 of the last 26 meetings. The Miners are 5-2 against the Owls at Tudor Fieldhouse. The Miners last played there on March 1, 2018 with the Owls coming out on top, 76-70.
UTEP has continued its solid free-throw shooting during the last four games. The Miners are hitting 85.7 percent (84-98) during that stretch.
Overall, the Miners are ranked second in C-USA and 23rd nationally with their 76.6 percent shooting at the line, while also ranking no. 2 with 295 made free throws. In six league games, UTEP’s 81.5 percent and 106 made free throws each rank second in conference.
Bryson Williams, who was named the co-C-USA Player of the Week on Jan. 20, is averaging 19.4 points per game, ranking second in C-USA. Williams also ranks second in made field goals (133) and field goal percentage (55.6).
Rice is led by Trey Murphy III, who averages 13.9 points per game. Robert Martin (11.5 ppg), Ako Adams (10.0 ppg) and Drew Peterson (10.0) also average double figures. Peterson leads the Owls at 6.6 boards per game, while the 6-8 guard/forward also paces the squad in assists (63).
The Owls average 72.6 points per game and gives up 75.2. Rice is shooting 42.3 percent from the field and 32.8 from the three-point line.
The Miners and Owls are set to tipoff at 6 p.m. MT in Tudor Fieldhouse. “The Voice of the Miners” Jon Teicher will call the action on 600 ESPN El Paso, while the Miners and Owls will be streamed on ESPN+.
DALLAS – UTEP redshirt junior Bryson Williams averaged 27.5 points per game 8.5 boards per contest, as Conference USA announced the forward as the men’s co-Player of the Week presented by Top of the World Monday afternoon.
Williams scored a career-high 34 points on 13-of-23 shooting and a 6-for-6 effort from the free-throw line during UTEP’s historic 24-point comeback against UTSA on Jan. 15. The Miners rallied to win, 80-77 in overtime.
The Fresno, California product also added 10 boards for his fourth career double-double in a UTEP uniform and seventh overall in his collegiate career. Williams scored 20 points in the second half, while adding four in the overtime period. Williams added two steals and hit a pair of treys in the process.
Overall, Williams hit 53.7 percent (22-41) of his field goals, while adding an 8-for-10 effort from the free-throw line.
On Saturday, Williams led the Miners with 21 points at UTSA, while grabbing seven boards and blocking two shots. The Miners were down as many as 23 points, but rallied with a 17-2 run to get within six points with just over seven minutes remaining.
UTEP will continue its road swing with contests at Rice (Jan. 23) and at North Texas (Jan. 25). The Miners and Owls will tipoff at 6 p.m. MT, while the Mean Green contest will start at 4 p.m. MT.
Both contests can be heard on 600 ESPN El Paso with “The Voice of the Miners” Jon Teicher calling the action, while both games will be streamed on ESPN+.
After coming off a tough loss to LA Tech, the UTEP men’s basketball team will be put to the test when it hosts upstart UTSA on Wednesday, January 15. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. in the Haskins Center.
Miners (10-7, 1-3 Conference USA) lost their first home game on Jan. 11, and are 2-6 in their last eight contests. The Roadrunners (8-9, 2-2 C-USA), after an 0-5 start, are 8-4 in their last 12 games.
UTSA junior guard Jhivvan Jackson averages 25.8 points per game, ranking second in the nation. The Roadrunners are coming off a pair of victories in league action after an 0-2 start at Florida Atlantic and FIU. Jackson, after scoring only eight points at FAU, rebounded with 31 points at FIU. He then followed that effort with a 37-point performance against LA Tech as UTSA chalked up its first conference win.
The Roadrunners made a program-record 18 three-pointers against the Bulldogs. UTSA recently downed Southern Miss, 80-70, behind Jackson’s 23 points and fellow junior guard Keaton Wallace’s 16 points.
The Miners, after taking a 61-54 lead at the 3:19 mark, went scoreless the rest of the way and allowed LA Tech to rally behind a 10-0 run to a 64-61 win last Saturday night.
Bryson Williams tallied 17 points, while Jordan Lathon led the Miners with nine rebounds. UTEP, after shooting 34-fo-37 from the free-throw line during a 76-64 victory against Southern Miss, produced another solid night at the charity stripe, hitting 20-of-23 from line against the Bulldogs. Overall, the Miners are shooting 76.4 percent from the line, ranking second in C-USA and 27th nationally.
UTEP boasts one of the better defenses in the league, allowing 63.4 points per game, while its three-point percent defense (29.4) ranks third in C-USA. The Miners’ defense will be put to the challenge against UTSA’s scoring offense (78.0), which ranks second in the league. The Roadrunners can also produce points from downtown.
UTSA’s 173 made three-pointers ranks first in C-USA and 10th nationally, while its 10.2 three-pointers per game ranks first in the league and 14th in the nation.
Wednesday’s contest will feature “Military Appreciation Night” as tickets are $10 with a valid military ID. Single-game tickets are available by calling (915) 747-5234 or by going online.
Mini plans are available by calling (915) 747-6150.
Fans can listen live on 600 ESPN El Paso with “The Voice of the Miners” Jon Teicher (play-by-play) and former UTEP basketball player Steve Yellen (color analysis) calling the action.
The Miners and Roadrunners will also be streamed on ESPN+ with El Paso Athletics Hall of Famer Duke Keith (play-by-play) and Miner great Leonard Owens (color analysis) on the mic.
The UTEP women’s basketball team (10-4, 3-0 C-USA) will look to sweep its opening road trip of league play when it squares off at LA Tech (8-5, 0-2 C-USA) at 1 p.m. MT/2 p.m. CT Saturday.
“They are well coached and do a lot of things well. They’re tough to guard in transition. They are a very dangerous team. They’re certainly a good enough team to make some noise in the conference and beat some people. We’ll have our hands full Saturday afternoon no matter what,” head coach Kevin Baker said.
The Miners are tied atop the league standings with defending regular season and tournament champion Rice at 3-0, with all three of their wins coming by double digits. Most recently UTEP tied the school record for most points in a conference road contest in the 89-72 victory at Southern Miss on Jan. 9.
The Lady Techsters have dropped consecutive games to begin league action, including an 82-73 setback against UTSA on Jan. 9. LA Tech is 7-2 at home, and the Miners are 2-1 on the road.
LA Tech leads the series, 13-6, but the Miners are 6-4 since the Lady Techsters joined Conference USA in 2013-14. LA Tech has a 6-1 advantage in Ruston, with UTEP’s lone road win in the series coming during the 2015-16 season. LA Tech has won back-to-back contests in the series, including toppling the Orange and Blue, 74-64, in El Paso last year.
The Lady Techsters won the first nine meetings between the schools, when both were members of the Western Athletic Conference.
Eight of UTEP’s victories have been by double figures, including five of at least 20 points. It is the most wins by 20+ points since 2013-14 (nine). The Miners had their largest differential (+45) under head coach Kevin Baker in a 92-47 drubbing of Alcorn State, which tied as the 10th-biggest margin of victory in program history.
They’ve also taken down Florida Atlantic by 31, FIU by 30, Western Michigan by 30 and NM State by 20. Overall UTEP’s scoring margin (+12.6) ranks second in C-USA and 47th in the nation.
The game will be streamed on CUSA.TV (subscription based) and also through the 600 ESPN El Paso website with Brandon Cohn on the call.
BOCA RATON – UTEP will take on Florida Atlantic in its second Conference USA contest on Saturday, January 4.
“The Voice of the Miners” Jon Teicher will call the action on 600 ESPN El Paso, while the Miners and Owls will be streamed on ESPN+. Tipoff is set for 2 p.m. MT at RoofClaim.com Arena.
The Miners (9-5, 0-1 C-USA) are still seeking out their first road victory in over a year after coming up short at FIU (69-67) on Jan. 2 in Miami. UTEP’s last road win came on March 3, 2018 at North Texas.
The Owls (9-5, 1-0 C-USA) shut down the nation’s leading scorer Jhivvan Jackson to eight points, while coming up with a 79-64 home victory against UTSA on Thursday evening. FAU improved to 8-1 at home.
UTEP leads the all-time series 5-3 and holds a 3-0 record against Florida Atlantic in Boca Raton. The Miners and Owls last met in the Sunshine State on Feb. 23, 2017, with UTEP winning 60-55.
The two programs first met on Jan. 21, 2016 in El Paso. In last season’s lone meeting, the Owls defeated the Miners, 61-48, on Feb. 7 in El Paso.
Daryl Edwards is coming off his best performance as a Miner as the graduate transfer scored a season-high 20 points on a season-best four three-pointers against FIU on Thursday afternoon.
Edwards’s 15-second half points weren’t enough as the Miners’ rally came up short. UTEP found itself down 36-26 at the half as turnovers (13) and the Panthers’ elite three-point shooting (7-13) set the Miners back. But UTEP adjusted and opened the second half with an 18-8 run that tied the score at 44.
The Miners finally took their first lead at 60-59 after a pair of Nigel Hawkins’s free throws at the 6:16 mark. Edwards followed with a three-point shot that put his squad up three points (63-60) at the 5:19 mark. But FIU outscored UTEP 9-4 down the stretch.
Even though FIU went 1-of-4 from the line with under 20 seconds remaining, the Miners couldn’t capitalize on those misses as a pair of late turnovers halted the rally.
Bryson Williams added 12 points and led the team with nine rebounds, while Deon Stroud played the first half, scoring 10 points and pulling down four boards (all offensive).
Hawkins made his first start of the season at the point guard position, scoring nine points (all in the second half) and adding four assists with four rebounds. Anthony Tarke also broke into the starting five, leading with two steals and pulling down eight rebounds.
UTEP registered a season-high 14 offensive rebounds, while its 16 assists were the most versus a league opponent since Jan. 6, 2018 (17 at LA Tech).
Jailyn Ingram led FAU with 15 points and Michael Forrest came off the bench, chipping in with 13 points during the Owls’ victory over the Roadrunners. Second-year head coach Dusty May’s lineup produced eight players scoring six or more points, while four were in double figures. FAU’s bench tallied 34 points.
Cornelius Taylor paces the squad in points per game (10.8) and assists (27), while Forrest (10.5 ppg) ranks second. The Owls average 37.7 rebounds per game as Madiaw Niang leads the team at 5.0 per game.
Nine players average 2.0 rebounds per game or more, while five of those players average at least over 3.1 boards per contest. FAU averages 11.6 offensive rebounds per game, ranking second in C-USA and 85 nationally. Its plus-4.7 rebounding margin ranks second in the league and 74 nationally.
FAU averages 72.6 points per game and gives up 66.1 points per contest. The Owls are 5-1 in their last six contests after Thursday’s victory.
UTEP vaulted out to a 16-point cushion (26-10) after the first quarter and never looked back on the way to blasting FIU, 64-34, in the Conference USA opener for both schools at the Don Haskins Center Thursday evening.
“That was a great team win and a great team effort,” Baker said. “Any time you can hold a team to in the 30’s for scoring you’ve done a good job. We really guarded to the scouting report well. (Assistant) Coach Anthony Anderson did a great job with the scout, and the team did a great job executing it on the defensive end of things. We were very aggressive on offense. We scored 26 points in the first quarter. That’s the way this team needs to play.”
The Miners (8-4, 1-0 C-USA) allowed the fewest points in a conference game in program history on the way to toppling the Panthers (3-9, 0-1 C-USA) by 30.
Furthermore UTEP moved to 3-0 in league lidlifters under head coach Kevin Baker.
The Orange and Blue kept FIU to 24.5 percent (12-49), including a combined 4-29 in a dominating second half. UTEP also controlled the boards (47-36), thanks in part to Ariona Gill’s double-double (12 points, 10 rebounds). Katarina Zec posted a game-high 16 points on 6-9 shooting, including 3-6 from distance.
Ariana Taylor (nine points), Michelle Pruitt (eight points) and Katia Gallegos (seven points, five assists) also got after it.
But the night belonged to the defense, with FIU being held to 13 total points in the second half. UTEP’s pressure defense gave the visitors fits as they committed 23 turnovers. UTEP also dominated in the paint, outscoring the Panthers, 30-12.
It was back-and-forth over the first six minutes of the contest before UTEP found another level. The Miners closed the quarter on a 15-1 run to turn a two-point margin (11-9) into a 16-point cushion (26-10) through 10 minutes of action. It was a defensive-minded second quarter, and UTEP headed into halftime up by 15 ()
Any aspirations of a comeback by the visitors went by the wayside in the third quarter, with UTEP outpacing the Panthers, 20-5 in the frame. That included a 15-0 surge during seven minutes of the frame, effectively putting the contest out of reach.
The Miners will wrap up their opening homestand of Conference USA play when they welcome Florida Atlantic to the Don Haskins Center for a 1 p.m. MT match-up on Saturday. There will be a post-game clinic. and youth teams (15 or more) can get a $2 ticket rate. Otherwise tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for kids and may be purchased by calling (915) 747-5234.
DALLAS – UTEP MBB’s Bryson Williams displayed solid numbers during the Miners’ past two games, as Conference USA announced the redshirt junior the men’s Player of the Week presented by Top of the World Monday afternoon.
Williams averaged 23 points, eight rebounds, two assists, one block and 1.5 steals, leading UTEP to a 1-1 week with a narrow 59-56 setback at NM State (Dec. 3) and a 57-50 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff (Dec. 7).
The Fresno, Calif., product made 15-of-24 shots (62.5 percent), 4-of-6 three pointers (66.7 percent) and 12-of-13 free throws (.923) in the two games. Williams scored 19 of his 27 points in the second half at NM State. He became the first UTEP player to score 27 points or more in consecutive games since Randy Culpepper in 2011 (Williams scored 33 points versus East Central on Nov. 27).
Against NM State, Williams was 9-for-13 from the field, 4-for-6 from three-point territory (career highs from outside the arc), and 5-for-6 from the charity stripe while securing nine rebounds. He followed that up with 19 points, including a big three-point play with 2:13 to go, against UAPB.
Williams made 6-of-11 shots and was 7-for-7 at the line with seven rebounds and three steals versus UAPB.
Williams and the Miners will take on North Carolina A&T on Dec. 16 (7 p.m.) in the first round of the WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational.