The UTEP rifle team will return to their home range this week to play host to Alaska Fairbanks on Friday, November 22 at 8 a.m.
Admission is free to the UTEP Rifle Range and live stats will be available online.
Senior Mara Rouse led the Miners in their last match against Ohio State, registering a new career high aggregate of 1163. The team captain also posted a career high in smallbore (579) and a new season best in air rifle (584).
Freshman Jonna Warnken (1141) and sophomore Morgahn Warner (1138) followed Rouse in the team rankings.
The Orange and Blue has steadily increased their average team aggregate to 4576. They will hope to increase that number in their last fall contest on Friday.
The Nanooks are coming off of a season-best 4663 performance against TCU on Oct. 12. Jessica Boyce and Kellen McAferty both locked in an 1169 aggregate in the outing.
DALLAS – UTEP volleyball’s Cheyenne Jones was named to the Conference USA All-Conference second team as announced by the league office Wednesday afternoon.
Jones becomes the fifth player in program history to be named to the C-USA All Conference second team. The last Miner to do so was Macey Austin, who was voted to the second team in 2017 and 2018.
“Cheyenne has tried really hard to re-invent herself as a volleyball player,” Head coach Ben Wallis said. “She’s grown as an attacker and has more tools in the tool bag now than she did eight months ago. She has grown most as a blocker. Putting the block numbers up that she put up this year is probably one of the reasons why she was able to make second team all conference, and for the most part Cheyenne led us in point scoring all year long. I’m proud of her making that team. I think she can continue to grow in the off-season also.”
“She learned and listened a lot in the springtime and she was able to grow as an attacker and blocker, that’s why she made second team. The two matches that she missed while she was out we certainly missed her. We missed her ability to stop people and her ability to score. We’re going to push her even harder in the spring to make her better for us in the fall, and I think is a great step for her as a volleyball player,” Wallis added.
This is the first conference honor for the Missoula, Montana, native. She leads the Miners with 249 kills, and has a .261 hitting percentage in conference play. The outside hitter is also second on the squad in blocks with 71.
Jones was on an absolute tear during the month of October and into November. The junior was hitting .418 with 75 kills, and the Miners were 5-1 in that stretch. The outside hitter put on a career performance against Southern Miss with 25 kills and five blocks with a scorching-hot .465 hitting percentage.
The outside hitter’s play has helped lead the Orange and Blue to their first conference tournament berth in three years. The Miners will play Rice on Friday, November 22 at 4 p.m. MT in Houston, Texas.
Jordan Lathon scored all 10 of his points in the second half, including the clutch go-ahead two-point basket with 27 seconds left as UTEP defeated rival New Mexico, 66-63, on Tuesday night in a loud and energetic Don Haskins Center.
“We had a great crowd, a great community that respects basketball, and understands basketball,” second-year UTEP Head Coach Rodney Terry said. “We’re going to continue to put a good product on the floor not only represents the community, but also the university the right way. We want the people to continue to get behind us and fill The Don.”
The Miners are 4-0 for the first time since the 2015-16 season after their stifling defense allowed less than 38 percent shooting for the fourth consecutive game. The Orange and Blue allowed 38.8 percent (19-49) from the field to a Lobos (4-1) team that entered the ball game averaging 93 points and 53.6 percent shooting from the field.
“I’m proud of my guys the way they hung tough,” Terry said. “That’s going to be a really good Lobo team over there. They’re extremely talented and Paul [Weir] does a good job. But we set the tone defensively and guarded hard.”
The contest was a back-and-forth dramatic affair. Zane Martin put UNM up 63-62 on a dunk from the baseline with 53 seconds remaining in the ball game. On the following possession, Lathon took the ball to his right off a Bryson Williams’s high screen from the left side of the court, dribbled past his defender and nailed the jumper from the foul line.
Lathon, after missing his lone shot in the first half, hit 4-of-6 in the second half. The sophomore point guard came up with big shots down the stretch. With the Miners down a point (55-54) after Carlton Bragg connected on a pair of free throws at the 5:00-minute mark, Lathon converted an and-1 after being fouled on a layup that gave his squad a two-point lead (57-55). Lathon then put the Miners up 62-58 on a three-point bucket with 2:49 left in the contest.
“[Jordan Lathon] is a floor general for us. He’s a guy we expect to quarterback our team and make other guys around him better,” Terry said. “The first half, he started the game the right way. Then he got caught up in the game in terms of being young and emotional a little bit. We had to sit him a bit, but he’s not afraid of the moment.”
Besides Lathon’s heroics, multiple Miners came up with huge performances, which included Daryl Edwards’s team-leading 18 points. The transfer graduate student from LSU scored 12 of his points in the second half. He also tied for the team lead with four assists.
“[Daryl Edwards] played great on both ends,” Terry said. “He had to guard really hard on [JaQuan] Lyle and he came down on the other end and we had to rely on him making some shots. He’s played in a lot of big game playing at LSU in the SEC. It’s nice to have some experience to lead our young guys.”
Edwards’s defense was apparent as Lyle shot 4-for-12 from the field, including 1-of-6 from the three-point line.
Souley Boum played all 40 minutes, scoring 10 points and matching Edwards’s assist total of four. Boum scored five of his points in the second period, including a three-point shot to open the second half with both teams tied at 30-30 coming out of the locker room.
Efe Odigie gave the Miners a big lift in the first half when Williams sat out most of it in foul trouble. Odigie scored 10 points in the first period on 4-of-5 shooting and recorded five rebounds. He finished with 12 points, as he used his soft touch to drain key midrange jumpers, while leading with a team-high seven boards.
Williams finished with nine points, while connecting on a pair of free throws with 1.1 seconds left to seal the victory. Williams added five rebounds and two steals.
Eric Vila added five points, four rebounds and three assists, while Nigel Hawkins scored two points and recorded a rebound and steal.
The Miners shot 11-of-13 from the free-throw line (84.6 percent) and dished out 14 assists. UTEP also forced 18 Lobo turnovers and snagged a season-high nine steals that led to 21 points off turnovers.
Lyle led UNM with 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds, while Makuach Maluach chipped in with 11 points. Bragg tallied 10 points and led with nine rebounds before leaving the contest with an injury.
Up next, UTEP will host East Central University on Wednesday, Nov. 27 with tipoff set for 7 p.m. in the Haskins Center.
Gallery by Andres ‘Ace’ Acosta – Chief Photographer – El Paso Herald Post
UTEP put up 78 points while shooting 49 percent from the floor, but it wasn’t enough to keep up with high-octane New Mexico in a 93-78 setback at the Don Haskins Center Tuesday morning in the Don Haskins Center.
Nearly 1,500 fans, most of them young students, made for an entertaining atmosphere on the Miners’ (3-1) “Education Day” game, but the Lobos (5-0) emerged victorious in a battle of unbeatens. Katarina Zec (16 points), Tatyana Modawar (career-high 12 points) and Katia Gallegos (10 points) all hit double figures in scoring for UTEP.
Ariona Gill flirted with a double-double (eight points, 10 rebounds) while Avery Crouse netted nine and Ariana Taylor chipped in seven points.
UNM relied on a barrage of 3-pointers (12-29), an extremely good day at the line (17-19) and winning the boards (41-30) to outlast the Miners. The Lobos had a 24-14 margin on second-chance points while also holding advantages for points in the paint (38-28) and fastbreak points (34-12).
The Miners lost for just the second time (14-2) of the Kevin Baker era when scoring at least 70 points.
The Lobos were led by Jordan Hosey’s double-double (19 points, 13 rebounds). Four other players also hit double figures in scoring.
“We just didn’t guard well enough to get the job done,” UTEP head coach Kevin Baker said. “New Mexico is a good team, the best one we’ve played so far this year. They attack you so hard. We could never really play the game on our terms defensively. We did a lot of things to try to slow them down.”
“I also want to thank all the teachers out there that brought their kids out today,” Baker said. “It felt good to have them in the gym. They made a lot of noise for the home team.
The Lobos jumped out to an 10-2 lead at the 7:38 mark, taking advantage of Gallegos going to the bench with a pair of early fouls. The Miners regrouped and responded with a 11-2 surge on the way to leading by one (13-12) with 3:48 left in the frame.
It was back-and-forth the next couple of minutes before UNM grabbed control of the contest by wrapping a 14-1 run around the quarter break to jump out by 17 (37-20) with 5:34 to play in the half. A Zec jumper ended the sequence, but the damage had been done. The deficit was 14 at the break.
The Miners twice got it within 10 in the third quarter, but could get no closer the rest of the way.
The Miners will play their second rivalry game of the week when they play host to I-10 rival NM State at 7 p.m. MT Saturday. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for kids and may be purchased by calling (915) 747-5234.
The UTEP volleyball team (13-14, 6-8) will travel to Houston, Texas, as the seventh seed in the Conference USA Tournament, and will take on Rice (24-2, 13-1) in the first round on Friday, November 22 at 4 p.m. MT.
The matches will be live streamed on ESPN+ and live stats will be provided as well.
The Orange and Blue cemented their spot in the conference tournament as the seventh seed, which is the highest finish since 2012. This is also the first conference tournament appearance for the Miners since 2016. UTEP will take on the second seeded Rice in the first round of the tourney.
This will be the third matchup between the two squads this season. If the Miners are victorious on Friday then they will play the winner of the North Texas and UTSA matchup on Saturday at 6 p.m. MT.
UTEP Volleyball has seen six different coaches since Norm Brandl took over the program in 1976. Every coach since then has posted a worse record then the year prior. However, Ben Wallis is excluded from that company. He has improved on last season’s win total by eight, and has the greatest turnaround by a first-year coach in program history.
UTEP has had a turnaround for the books. Last year the Miners won five matches and ranked 259 in the RPI. This season, the Orange and Blue have 13 wins and have improved their RPI to 144.
Serena Patterson was named Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week after her performance against Marshall (10/25). She is the first offensive player of the week for the Miners since 2013 (Xitalili Herrera – 10/21/13). Patterson had 16 kills and recorded her sixth double-double of the season with 13 digs.
Cheyenne Jones was on an absolute tear during a six-match streak in conference. The junior was hitting .418 with 75 kills, and the Miners were 5-1 in that stretch. The outside hitter put on a career performance against Southern Miss with 25 kills and five blocks with a scorching-hot .465 hitting percentage.
The Orange and Blue won five matches all of last season. They have already more than doubled that mark with 13 victories. UTEP has also surpassed the Conference win total from 2018 (two) with six. During 2018 the Miners were victorious in only one match in Memorial Gym, and in 2019 they had six.
Redshirt freshman Kenidy Howard is leading the Miners during league play with 42 blocks, and is sixth in the league with 1.02 blocks per set.
For complete coverage of UTEP Volleyball, be sure to follow the Miners on social media at @UTEPVB (Instagram) and @UTEP_VB (Twitter) or visit the official home of UTEP Athletics at UTEPMiners.com.
Junior-college All-American Destiny Thurman (Collin County Community College), Gabriela Sales (Northwest Florida State College), Brenda Fontana (U19 Argentina) and Dagne Apsite (U17 Latvia) will be donning the orange and blue starting next year.
All four have all signed national letters of intent to attend school and play with the UTEP women’s basketball team starting in the 2020-21 scholastic year, head coach Kevin Baker announced Monday.
“We are so excited about our recruiting class for this signing period,” UTEP head coach Kevin Baker said. “We believe we have ‘turned the corner’ with this group of highly-talented players. Not only are each of these young ladies very talented in their respective positions, but they are also outstanding student-athletes. These four signees will be a phenomenal addition to our Miner Women’s Basketball program and the El Paso community.”
A brief profile on each of the signees, along with a quote from Baker, is below.
Destiny Thurman – Collin County Community College | Arlington, Texas
Named a National Junior College second-team All-American as a freshman with Collin County Community College … accounted for 16.1 points per game to go along with 3.7 rebounds and 4.1 assists per contest … reached double figures in scoring in 25 contests, including nine outbursts of at least 20 points … connected on 46.6 percent from the floor (174-373) … efforts helped team go 23-7 … previously starred at Lamar High School, where was a 2018 McDonald’s All-American Nominee … also a three-time All-Region (2016-18) and First-Team All-District honoree … tabbed the 2018 Offensive Player of the Year … voted to the Cowtown All-Tournament team (2015-18) on multiple occasions … four-year letter winner who averaged 12.8 points per game during her career, including a blistering 19.9 ppg as a senior.
“Destiny is an extremely gifted and highly recruited guard. She is, by far, one of the most talented guards in the country. She has the ability to see the floor and attack the rim well off the dribble. She is also an exceptional shooter that can score from mid-range or the three pointer. She simply can do it all. Our program will be heavily impacted when she puts on the Miner uniform next fall.”
UTEP women’s basketball head coach, Kevin Baker
Gabriela Sales – Northwest Florida State College \ Sao Paulo, Brazil
Helped Northwest Florida State College compile a record of 26-6 in her freshman year in 2018-19 … played in all 32 contests … as a sophomore is accounting for 7.7 points per game, in addition to 1.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists per contest … competed at the 2016 FIBA U17 Women’s World Championship with Brazil, averaging five points in the event.
“Gabriela is a very versatile guard that can play multiple positions on the floor. She has an outstanding ability to shoot the ball, which separates her from other guards and makes her valuable addition to our squad. She has great court vision and a very high basketball IQ. She is coming from one of the top junior colleges in the country and knows how to win.”
UTEP women’s basketball head coach, Kevin Baker
Brenda Fontana – U19Argentina/Club Atletico Velez Sarsfield | Moreno, Argentina
Extensive international experience with Argentina at basketball tournaments, playing for the U17, U18 and U19 teams … has put up 7.3 points per game while grabbing 5.1 rebounds per contest across the board at the different events … erupted for 17 points to go along with six rebounds and five steals against Colombia while playing at the U19 FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup in 2019 … hit double figures in scoring in three different contests, including firing off 25 vs. Latvia at the U17 FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup in summer of 2018 … averaged 10 points and six boards in seven contests at the tournament … also competes with Club Atletico Velez Sarsfield.
“Brenda was a terrific find for us. She is a stretch four that will add some toughness and size to our program. Brenda is a good shooter, driver, and likes to post up. She is just what we were looking for in her position. She is a solid defender and rebounder. She has a lot of playing experience from her national team, and we know she will use that to her advantage as she joins the Miner family.”
UTEP women’s basketball head coach, Kevin Baker
Dagne Apsite – U17 Latvia /BK Saldus Sporta Skola | Saldus, Latvia
Gained experience on the international level while competing with the U16 and U17 Latvian National team … also has played with BK Saldus Sporta Skola
“Dagne is a solid forward with great athletic ability and a very high motor. She can handle the ball and shoot it like a guard, but also has the ability to post and score inside. She will be very difficult for other teams to guard. In addition, she is very active in the press and plays defense with great energy. Her versatility as a player is why she will have a great playing career at UTEP.”
UTEP and New Mexico will collide for the 145th time as the Battle of I-25 returns to the Bear’s Den Tuesday night. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. in the annual “Noche Latina” game.
The matchup will feature live mariachi music and folklorico dancers, and UTEP players will wear their “Mineros” jerseys.
“We can’t thank the fans enough for their support against the Aggies and we’ll need every one of them back for another big rivalry game versus the Lobos,” second-year UTEP Head Coach Rodney Terry said. “This is a New Mexico team that was highly competitive in the Mountain West last season and added some high-profile transfers from Ohio State, Texas A&M, Kansas and Towson. They are picked to finish third in the Mountain West this season. It’s going to be another great test for our squad. El Paso, we need you to come out and help us Defend the Don!”
Both programs are off to perfect starts as the Miners (3-0) defeated Eastern New Mexico, 71-57, Friday night in the Haskins Center, and the Lobos (4-0) got by McNeese State 90-80 Saturday evening in The Pit.
UTEP is 3-0 for the first time since the 2015-16 season after freshman Deon Stroud scored a career-high 14 points to lead the Miners past ENMU by 14 points. Bryson Williams scored 12 points, while Souley Boum hit double-digit figures (11 points) and tied his collegiate career high with four assists.
The Miners outrebounded the Greyhounds 46-23, while Terry used nine players off the bench that combined to score 29 points.
Prior, the Miners defeated NM State on Nov. 12 as they snapped a nine-game losing streak in the Haskins Center. The 50 points allowed to the Aggies were the least since allowing only 49 on Nov. 29, 1983 in which UTEP won by 13 points that night.
The Miners are shooting for its first sweep of the Aggies and the Lobos in the Sun City since 1997.
Like the Miners and coach Terry, UNM Head Coach Paul Weir has multiple transfers on his roster who are making serious contributions early in the season.
During UNM’s 10-point victory over McNeese State, senior transfer Corey Manigault led the Lobos with 24 points on 12-of-16 shooting from the free-throw line. JaQuan Lyle, a transfer from Ohio State, tallied 18 points as he shot 3-for-5 from downtown. Carlton Bragg, a 6-10 transfer from Kansas, ripped down 18 boards and snagged five steals.
Lyle leads the Lobos at 19.0 points per game, while Manigault (15.8 ppg), Makauch Maluach (12.3 ppg), Bragg (11.8 ppg) and Zane Martin (11.8) are all averaging double-digit figures. Martin is also a transfer (Towson). Bragg is averaging 11.0 rebounds per game and JJ Caldwell, a transfer from Texas A&M, leads the way with 23 assists.
“[New Mexico] is off to a great start in its season. They were picked third in the [Mountain West Conference] and they’re a really talented ball club,” Terry said. “I’ve heard Paul Weir say this might be the most talented offensive team that he’s had at this point right now in his head coaching career. But they have a number of guys with size and they can score the basketball and it will be a great challenge for us here at home.”
Fans can listen live on UTEP’s flagship station ESPN 600 El Paso with “The Voice of the Miners” Jon Teicher calling the action and Steve Yellen with color analysis. The Miners and Lobos can also be seen on the CUSA.TV live stream.
Single-game tickets are available by calling (915) 747-5234 or by going online. Mini plans are available by calling (915) 747-6150.
Sophomore quarterback Gavin Hardison gave UTEP a lift against the nation’s sixth-ranked defense, but the Miners were unable to overcome a rough start and dropped a 37-10 decision at UAB on Saturday afternoon.
After Kai Locksley opened the game with four incompletions and an interception on the Miners’ first three drives he was replaced by Hardison, who saw his first action of the season. Hardison came on for the final series of the first quarter with the Miners behind 17-0.
Two field goals later, UTEP trailed 23-0 and Hardison went to work. He completed 3-of-5 passes for 60 yards on the next drive and led the Miners to their first touchdown. He hooked up with Alan Busey for an eight-yard score with seven seconds remaining in the first half. It was Hardison’s first TD pass as a Miner and Busey’s first TD reception.
After six fruitless possessions to open the game, Hardison led the Miners into Blazers territory on five consecutive series. Following the touchdown drive, Hardison directed the Miners to the Blazer five-yard line, but his fourth-down pass to the right corner of the end zone was out of Tre’shon Wolf’s reach.
UTEP trailed 23-7 at the time. The Miners’ next two drives stalled at the UAB 23 and 38, respectively, but produced a 41-yard field goal by Gavin Baechle.
Meanwhile, quarterback Dylan Hopkins spearheaded a Blazer rushing attack that put up 353 yards. His 78-yard run set up Jermaine Brown Jr.’s six-yard TD, which increased UAB’s lead to 30-7 late in the third quarter. Following Baechle’s field goal, Hopkins took to the air to connect with Myron Mitchell on a 40-yard TD pass, making the score 37-10.
Hardison got the Miners to the Blazer three-yard line in the final minutes, but his fourth-down pass intended for Justin Garrett in the end zone was incomplete.
Hopkins rushed 14 times for 163 yards for UAB (7-3, 4-2 C-USA), and Brown added 116 yards on 22 carries.
Hardison, the transfer from New Mexico Military Institute, finished 16-for-37 passing for 222 yards. Five of his completions went to Jacob Cowing, who had 85 receiving yards.
With Denzel Chukwukelu serving a half-game suspension, senior Stephen Forester made his first career start at linebacker and was a star on defense for the Miners. He posted career-highs across the board with 11 tackles (11 solo), two tackles for losses, a sack and a quarterback hurry.
UTEP (1-9, 0-7 C-USA) will match up with NM State in the Battle of I-10 next Saturday (Nov. 23) at Aggie Memorial Stadium in Las Cruces. Kickoff is at 2 p.m. MT. The teams will meet for the 97th time overall. It’s the latest Battle of I-10 since a Nov. 26, 1960 matchup in Las Cruces.
Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.com or by calling (575) 646-2770 or (575) 646-1420. Miner fans should request tickets in sections Q and R, which are the designated UTEP sections.
The UTEP Alumni Association will sponsor a tailgate party from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on game day at La Posta de Mesilla, 2410 Calle de San Albino in Mesilla. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online by Nov. 20.
The Miners will conclude the 2019 season at home against Rice on “Senior Day” Nov. 30 at 1 p.m. Tickets for that game are available by calling 747-5234 or by going online.
The UTEP women’s basketball team raced out to an 18-point lead (28-10) after the first quarter and never looked back in a 92-47 win against Alcorn State at the Don Haskins Center Saturday afternoon.
Katarina Zec (17 points) led a quartet of Miners (3-0) in double figures for scoring in the wire-to-wire victory against the Lady Braves (0-4). Ariona Gill (14 points, game-high seven rebounds), Michelle Pruitt (13 points) and freshman Avery Crouse (career-high 10 points) buoyed fellow starter Zec.
The bench did its part too by piling up 34 points, with Ariana Taylor (nine points) setting the tone for the reserves. DejaNae Roebuck (career-high tying seven points) nearly matched Taylor.
UTEP registered 23 assists on 34 field goals, won the boards (44-26) and forced 28 turnovers that were converted into 27 points. The Miners shot 54.8 percent (34-62) from the floor, including 39.1 percent (9-23) from distance. Alcorn State was held to 32.0 percent (16-50) shooting.
It marked the third 90+ point scoring contest under head coach Kevin Baker, who has his squad off to a 3-0 start for the second time in three seasons.
“Alcorn State plays such a unique style and is very difficult to prepare for,” Baker said. “I thought our team executed and moved the ball well because if you don’t they’re going to trap you for 40 minutes. We were able to score 92 points, even withstanding 25 turnovers, because we were able to handle a lot of what they do. I’m extraordinarily proud of our team today. We did an excellent job off maintaining our spacing and ball movement, and because of that we were able to play very well.”
UTEP jumped all over Alcorn State early, vaulting to a 13-3 advantage four minutes into the game. After the two sides traded blows over the next few minutes, UTEP ripped off eight straights on the way to leading by 18 (28-10) through 10 minutes of action. It marked the Miners’ highest-scoring quarter of the young season, with UTEP shooting 68.8 percent (11-16) in the frame factoring in.
The Miners peeled nine in a row to start the second quarter much like the first, affording them a 27-point cushion (37-10) at the 7:44 mark. The Lady Braves fought back some, but UTEP’s margin was still 22 (46-34) heading into halftime.
UTEP scored 10 in a row to christen the third quarter with a bang, and Alcorn State never got closer than 30 the rest of the way.
The Miners will continue their seven-game homestand when they play host to unbeaten New Mexico in a special 11 a.m. “Education Day” game on Tuesday. There is a $10 ticket special that includes a drink and a hot dog for the matinee contest, which may be purchased by calling (915) 747-5234.
The UTEP volleyball team (13-14, 6-8) fell to No. 21 Rice (24-2, 13-1) in three sets (16-25, 13-25, 12-25), 3-0, on Saturday afternoon at Memorial Gym.
UTEP was led by Kristen Fritsche, who posted a team-high 12 assists. Kenidy Howard and Mallory Yost led the attack with five kills each.
The Miners were going toe-to-toe with Rice to begin the first set. The score was 17-15 in favor of the visitors, when the Owls strung together five-straight points. Rice rode that momentum to a 25-16 set victory.
The Owls came out hot after the break, scoring the first six points of the second frame. The Orange and Blue were unable to inch any closer, falling to Rice, 25-13.
The Owls finished put the match with a 25-12 victory in the third game.
With Middle Tennessee winning its match and Charlotte losing today, the Miners are locked into the seventh seed for the Conference USA Tournament.
UTEP will play against Rice on Friday, November 22 at a time that will be announced by the league sometime today. This will be the third meeting between the two teams this season, and is the highest finish in the conference standings since 2012 for the Miners.
Next up, the Orange and Blue will travel to the C-USA Tournament to take on Rice on Friday, November 22 in Houston, Texas.
UTEP freshman Deon Stroud scored a team-high 14 points as the Miners (3-0) used a late run to defeat Eastern New Mexico, 71-57, on Friday night in the Don Haskins Center. The Miners are 3-0 for the first time since the 2015-16 season.
Stroud, who shot 5-of-8 from the field, energized the Miner faithful when he threw down a dunk with great extension with just over two minutes left in the ball game.
“[Deon Stroud] is a young player and is still learning what it takes to compete at this level day-in-and-day-out,” second-year UTEP Head Coach Rodney Terry said. “He’s learning and he really wants to be good. He’s buying into the things we ask him to do, especially from the defensive standpoint. His attitude has been good and we wanted to give him an opportunity on the floor tonight.”
But it was Isaiah “Juice” Rhyanes who brought the house down. The local product from Andress High School saw his first collegiate action and scored the final two points of the ball game on an emphatic throw down that brought the announced crowd of 4,476 to their feet.
“Nicknamed ‘Juice’, the guys call him ‘Juice’, he’s probably one of the best kids you’ll ever have to coach in your career,” Terry said. “He’s a team favorite, and he’s one of those guys who will do anything for the team. You want to get him into the game at some point and I really wanted to get him in the game tonight. For him to get the opportunity to score a basket and a dunk on top of that, it was a great way to cap the game off tonight.”
Friday’s victory wasn’t easy by any means however as the Greyhounds got within eight points (49-41) at the 10:01 mark. The game could have been closer, but Devin Pullum missed a layup after a steal. The Miners then used an 11-4 run to go up 60-45 with 5:14 left in the contest.
“I think it’s good for us to play in those types of situations. [ENMU Head Coach] Tres [Segler] does a great job there and he had a lot of energy when he was with us at Texas,” Terry said. “He’s carried that over into his coaching career and his teams play extremely hard.”
Last season, the Miners slipped past Segler’s squad by seven points.
With just over a minute left in the game, Terry subbed in a few of his bench players as Juice, Jules Williamson, Anieus Medrano, and Ountae Campbell saw action.
Campbell dished out an assist to Juice under the basket, who scored his first collegiate points.
Eastern New Mexico kept the first half interesting as it led 12-9 after a Deng Kuany jumper in the paint at the 12:45 mark. Williams connected on a three pointer to tie the game, while Efe Odigie gave the Miners the go-ahead lead at 14-12.
The Miners broke the half open when Stroud connected on his first collegiate three-point bucket and then followed with his second three, giving the squad a 36-17 advantage. After being down three points, the Miners outscored the Greyhounds, 29-10, to close the half and take a 38-22 lead into the locker room.
Bryson Williams tallied 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting, while slamming down three of UTEP’s six dunks. Jordan Lathon added nine points (4-4 FT), while tying for the team lead with four assists. Souley Boum also recorded four dimes, while chipping in with 11 points.
Anthony Tarke saw 11 minutes of action (nine in the first half) and tied for the team lead with six rebounds. He added two points and a blocked shot. Odigie also grabbed six boards, while scoring six points. Tydus Verhoeven scored four points – two of them on a dunk, blocked a shot and snagged three boards.
Nigel Hawkins tallied three rebounds, two assists and a steal, while Daryl Edwards scored four points and dished out three assists. Eric Vila went 2-of-3 from downtown, scoring six points, while recording five points and an assist.
No Miner played over 30 minutes as Edwards led the way with 29 minutes of action. Terry also used nine players off the bench as it scored 29 points.
UTEP outrebound ENMU, 46-23, while scoring 36 points in the paint. The Miners dished out 16 assists, while forcing 14 turnovers.
For the Greyhounds, Isaiah Murphy led with 14 points, while Yosnier Cobas tallied 11 points.
Up next, UTEP will host rival New Mexico November 19. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. in the Haskins Center as the themed event is “Noche Latina”.
The UTEP volleyball team (13-13, 6-7) punched its ticket to the Conference USA Tournament on Thursday night, and will take on No. 21 Rice (23-2, 12-2) Saturday at 12 p.m., at Memorial Gym.
Although the Miners fell to Charlotte Thursday evening, the losses from UAB and Middle Tennessee helped UTEP clinch its first C-USA tournament berth since 2016.
The Orange and Blue will be looking to secure the seventh seed with a victory over No. 21 Rice on “Senior Day”. UTEP took the Owls to five sets last season at home, and in 2017 defeated them under the lights of Memorial Gym.
Head Coach Ben Wallis has brought UTEP volleyball its most wins since 2013, the most conference victories since 2016, first ever C-USA Freshman of the Week and now the first conference tourney trip in three years.
UTEP is 6-2 at home this season, and will look to give its five seniors another victory at Memorial before heading to Houston, Texas, for a shot at the C-USA crown.
SALT LAKE CITY – UTEP senior Linda Cheruiyot and UTEP freshman Titus Cheruiyot advanced to the NCAA Championships after their performances at the NCAA Mountain Region Championships Friday afternoon at Rose Park Golf Course.
“Linda and Titus are in [the nationals], but we are still waiting for Winny Koech as we’ll find out her situation by tomorrow,” UTEP Head Coach Paul Ereng said. “Titus performed with a lot of heart today. He fell twice in the race, but he got right back up and fought hard to get in. He showed a fighting spirit of a real champion.”
Linda finished as the top Miner and 11th overall in the women’s 5K, clocking in a time of 20:17.1, while Titus placed 19th overall, registering a time of 31:04.0 in the men’s 10K.
Koech, who has an outside shot to advance to nationals, placed in 16th place (20:25.1). Carolyne Chepkosgei (42nd, 21:08.9), Joan Kimaiyo (117th, 23:00.4) and Andrea Lucero (127th, 24:33.9) rounded out the UTEP competitors.
Koech will find out her fate on the NCAA Selection show on NCAA.com at 3 p.m. MT.
Overall, the UTEP women finished in 11th out of 19 programs. BYU claimed the team championship, while New Mexico placed second.
“I’m really excited and happy with the women. They performed well today,” Ereng said. “All-in-all, I’m happy with the performance as I expected them to run well.”
A pair of runners from New Mexico finished as the top two performers, as Weini Kelati won the individual title (18:58.7) and her teammate Ednah Kurgat finished in second place.
On the men’s side, Rodgers Korir (31:40.2) placed 41st and Boaz Ronoh (32:43.0) finished 71st. Cornelius Kapel (94th, 33:25.7), Kenneth Talavera (122nd, 35:21.7), Kayn Quinones (128th, 36:23.7) and Michael Sims (129th, 36:27.5) rounded out the UTEP men’s runners.
The Miner men placed 13th.
No.1-ranked Northern Arizona won the team event, while Gerodie Beamish of NAU won the individual title with a time of 30:25.6. Luis Grijalva (30:27.8) and Brodey Hasty (30:30.8) also of NAU, finished second and third, respectively.
Up next, the NCAA National Championships will be Novemebr 23 in Terre Haute, Indiana
The UTEP Football team will hit the road this weekend as the Miners travel to take on UAB in Conference USA action this Saturday, November 16 with kickoff set for 11 a.m. MT at Legion Field in Birmingham.
“As we move forward to this week’s ball game, it will be a challenge for us, but it’s one that we are excited about,” head coach Dana Dimel said. “We played this team really competitive last year and they had 37 seniors that they lost, so we feel like we can definitely go down to Birmingham and have a very competitive game. Hopefully, games like this that we just lost the way we lost it where we played well enough to win, will give us that catapult in confidence that we need to win some games down the stretch.”
The Miners and Blazers have previously met six times on the gridiron, with UAB leading the all-time series, 5-1, over UTEP. The Blazers have won four straight in the series, including a 19-0 win over UTEP last season in El Paso.
The game will be streamed on ESPN3 with Curt Bloom (play-by-play) and Chad Pilcher (analysis) calling all the action on Saturday afternoon. Fans can also tune in to the radio broadcast on ESPN 600 El Paso to hear Jon Teicher (PxP), Bernie Ricono (analysis) and Mando Medina (sideline).
Freshman wide receiver Jacob Cowing set a UTEP freshman record with 145 yards receiving on six catches in last Saturday’s game versus Charlotte. Cowing’s previous best was 70 yards receiving versus Louisiana Tech on Oct. 26. Cowing is the first UTEP freshman to post a 100-yard receiving game since Eddie Sinegal recorded 102 yards at Louisiana Tech on Oct. 1, 2016.
Offensively, the Miners are led by Treyvon Hughes, who has 127 carries for 567 yards and 11 rushing touchdowns in nine games, which ranks second in C-USA and 14th nationally. Hughes is averaging 63.0 yards per game and 4.5 yards per carry this season. Hughes has scored a touchdown in all but two games this season, including scoring in each of the last five games.
Through the first nine games of the 2019 season, UTEP has proven to be one of the nation’s best teams when it comes to fourth down success. Entering the week, the Miners are ranked sixth nationally in fourth down conversion percentage (.824) after successfully converting 14 of 17 fourth-down attempts up to this point of the season. UTEP’s fourth down percentage is also the best among any Conference USA team.
UTEP’s leading tackler this season is senior defensive back Michael Lewis, who has 73 total tackles (41 solo) to go along with an interception, one forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Justin Rogers leads the Miners with three fumble recoveries on the season, while he also had an interception this season to make it four straight years he has recorded an interception for the Miners. Rogers is ranked second on the team with 61 total tackles (40 solo).
Hot off their big victory against NM State this past Tuesday night, UTEP (2-0) will host Eastern New Mexico on Friday, Nov. 15. The Miners and Greyhounds are set to tipoff at 7 p.m. in the Don Haskins Center.
Tuesday night was huge for UTEP as it snapped a nine-game losing streak to NM State on Nov. 12 in the Haskins Center. The Miners outscored the Aggies 37-25 on their way to a 15-point (65-50) triumph.
Bryson Williams, who was in foul trouble and played only 17 minutes, led the Miners with 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field, and paced the squad with eight rebounds. Jordan Lathon, who played in both contests last season against NM State, got off to a quick start by scoring four points on his first two field-goal attempts early in the contest.
Lathon finished with 13 points, four rebounds and a pair of assists. His three steals in the second half led to six points for the Miners. The Aggies got within four points (38-34) when Trevelin Queen connected on a three-point shot, but the Miners answered with a 9-0 run to go up 47-34 following a Lathon layup and never looked back.
Souley Boum played significant minutes, leading the Miners with 38. It’s the most played during his collegiate career, surpassing his previous high of 35 minutes while at San Francisco during the 2017-18 season. Boum struggled from the field, but not from the free-throw line after hitting 5-of-5 and scoring seven points with four rebounds.
Daryl Edwards chipped in with eight points, while Eric Vila filled his stat line with seven points, six rebounds and three assists. Tydus Verhoeven scored his first points as a Miner off a layup during the second half and tallied three rebounds, including an offensive board.
Nigel Hawkins scored four points in his season debut, while Efe Odigie, despite being in foul, scored five points and tied his career best with three assists.
UTEP is seeking its first 3-0 start since the 2015-16 season when the Miners started the campaign 5-0. UTEP is also looking for it first three-game winning streak since the 2017-18 season.
The Greyhounds are off to a winless start, recently losing 90-85 at Fort Lewis College. ENMU opened the season against New Mexico Highlands, falling 112-108 in Durango, Colo. Devin Pullum leads the team at 16.5 points per game, while Jose Serrano (14.5 ppg) and Isaiah Murphy (14.0) rank second and third, respectively.
Brandon Meadows leads ENMU in rebounds per game (6.5) and Pullum has dished out a team-high 13 assists.
In the last meeting, UTEP pulled away late from ENMU on Nov. 19, 2018 in the Haskins Center to come up with a 66-59 victory. Odigie ripped down 17 rebounds (a career high at the time) and tallied 14 points. The Miners lead the overall series, 12-1, after last season’s win. Prior to last season’s contest, the two programs met on Jan. 4, 1975.
The first meeting between the Miners and Greyhounds came during the 1944-45 season.
Fans can listen live on UTEP’s flagship station ESPN 600 El Paso with Steve Kaplowitz calling the action and Steve Yellen with color analysis. The Miners and Greyhounds can also be seen on the CUSA.TV live stream. Kappy is filling in for “The Voice of the Miners” Jon Teicher who will be in Birmingham, Alabama, with the UTEP football team.
Single-game tickets are available by calling (915) 747-5234 or by going online. Season tickets and mini plans are available by calling (915) 747-6150.