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Gallery+Story: Florida Atlantic Shoots Past Miners 61-48

Florida Atlantic’s Anthony Adger scored a game-high 27 points on 8-of-11 shooting from three-point range and the Owls (14-10, 5-6 Conference USA) took care of UTEP (7-15, 2-9 C-USA), 61-48 on Thursday night in the Haskins Center.

“When you’re not making shots you really have to try and defend hard, and you have to try and take away what the other team does really well,” first-year UTEP Head Coach Rodney Terry said. “We knew coming into this game that these guys were a really good shooting team. We let one guy get off to a great start, and when you do that with a guy who is their leading scorer, and you let him get comfortable then the basket becomes a really big basket for him.”

The story was FAU, which shot 13-for-26 from beyond the arc, while the Miners turned the ball over 15 times and shot 28.3 percent from the field.

Nigel Hawkins led the Miners with 12 points, the only double-digit scorer and Efe Odigie pulled down 10 rebounds and chipped in with seven points. Paul Thomas and Jordan Lathon each added eight points and combined for nine rebounds. Lathon led the team with a pair of blocked shots.

After being down 14 points, the Miners climbed back to within six points (42-36) at the 12:13 mark on an Evan Gilyard made a jumper. But the Owls kept hitting treys during the second period to keep the score in double figures for the majority of the half.

Gilyard, after coming off the bench the previous two games, made his 17th start of the season and scored four points. He didn’t connect on a three pointer for the first time in 17 games.

UTEP outrebounded Florida Atlantic, 38-37, and recorded four blocked shots. Kobe Magee came off the bench and scored five points with four rebounds in 36 minutes. Kaosi Ezeagu recorded four points, three rebounds and a blocked shot.

During the first period, FAU connected on 7-of-15 from beyond the arc, while taking an 11-point lead a trio of times, including a 30-19 lead at halftime. Adger led the way with 11 points on a 3-of-6 shooting from three-point range.

After being down 15-4, the Miners cut that deficit to five points (17-12) after Odigie and Lathon connected on back-to-back buckets, Magee nailed a three and a Hawkins’s made free throw.

The Miners committed eight turnovers and only shot 23.1 percent during the first half.

Up Next, the Miners will host FIU on Saturday, as tipoff is set for 7 p.m. Saturday’s contest will feature the Block Cancer initiative, in which The Mike Slive Foundation partnered with C-USA and UTEP.

The Miners will wear blue Block Cancer t-shirts in pregame, while coach Terry will wear a special blue tie. During the game, fans will see signage and videos that focus on increasing awareness for prostate cancer. Fans will also have the opportunity to donate by texting GIVE to (855) 662-2996, or online at

Gallery by Andres ‘Ace’ Acosta – Chief Photographer – El Paso Herald Post

Free Screening of “Glory Road” at Plaza Theatre Friday

The El Paso community is invited to a free showing of the 2006 Disney film “Glory Road” April 8 at the Plaza Theatre.

The film is being screened as part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the 1966 NCAA championship victory of Texas Western College, now UTEP.

The screening will start at 7:30 p.m., and doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets can be picked up at the Plaza Theatre box office in advance. Box office hours are MondayFriday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The screening is free, but a ticket will be required for entry.

The film is being presented by the City of El Paso, in conjunction with Destination El Paso.

1966 Texas Western Champions to be Recognized During NCAA Final Four

Members of the 1966 Texas Western College men’s basketball team are headed to Houston this weekend, where they will be part of Final Four activities and be recognized during halftime of the second semifinal game between the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Syracuse Orange.

Friday, April 1

  • Team members will arrive in Houston and will have the opportunity to watch the Final Four teams’ practices. There will also be a Q & A session at NRG Stadium Friday afternoon with Louis Baudoin, David Lattin and Nevil Shed.
  • 1966 players will also have the opportunity to visit with members of the UTEP Alumni Association – Houston Chapter.

Saturday, April 2

  • A handful of designated players will participate in NCAA Powerade Youth Clinics in the morning at Strake Jesuit College Prep School.
  • That afternoon David Lattin will join Greg Gumbel and crew on the Turner Network pregame show at 1:30 p.m. (MT) to discuss the 1966 championship and his grandson’s current quest for the title. Khadeem Lattin plays for the Oklahoma Sooners.
  • Recognition on the NCAA national platform is scheduled for Saturday during the second game of the semifinals. They will be introduced during halftime. The game airs on TBS at 6:49 p.m. (MT).

Sunday, April 3

  • Players will be honored at the NCAA’s Celebration of Champions at the Buffalo Soldier National Museum.

Monday, April 4

  • The 1966 team, which was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007, has been invited to the announcement of the 2016 Hall of Fame class.
  • A 30-minute autograph session is scheduled for players during the NCAA Fan Fest at the George Brown Convention Center.
  • Players will attend a panel event, sponsored by Prime Sports, featuring Nevil Shed and David Lattin at NRG Stadium Monday before attending the NCAA   Championship Game.

The historic basketball group was last together in February on the UTEP campus, when they were recognized for the 50th anniversary of their historic win over Kentucky.

ESPN to air Texas Western’s Historic 1966 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Game

In celebration of the 50th anniversary, ESPN will present Texas Western’s historic victory in the 1966 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament Championship Game on Wednesday, March 30, at 7:30 p.m. ET.

The Miners’ 72-65 win against the Kentucky Wildcats became a watershed moment in sports history because it was the first time a college basketball team started five African-American players in the sport’s title game.

Making History: The 1966 NCAA Championship – Texas Western vs. Kentucky is a 90-minute presentation featuring the audio call of Walt Sullivan and will contain every basket that took place inside Cole Field House in College Park, Md. on March 19, 1966.

ESPN’s Presentation Highlights:

  • Saunders and Bilas: John Saunders and Jay Bilas will host a pregame, halftime and post-game studio element and be joined by Michael Wilbon who will provide his views and additional historical context.
  • First Hand Account: Texas Western’s Dave Lattin – the starting center on the 1966 championship team – will be interviewed
  • Iconic Photographs:Original photos, courtesy of former Sports Illustrated photographer Rich Clarkson, will be incorporated.
  • President Obama:The President of the United States paid tribute to the team earlier this year and his message will be a part of the telecast.
  • Additional Programming:On Wednesday, Outside the Lines (1:30 p.m.) and SportsCenter (6 p.m.) are expected to touch on the historic victory.

Making History: The 1966 NCAA Championship – Texas Western vs. Kentucky

o    A 90-Minute Presentation Featuring Every Basket and Play-by-Play Celebrating the 50th Anniversary

o    John Saunders and Jay Bilas along with Michael Wilbon Provide Historical Context and Surrounding Commentary

o    Texas Western Player Dave Lattin to be Interviewed; Additional Comments from Other Participating Players

CBS to air “1966 Texas Western: Champions of Change” this Sunday

Fifty years later, the 1966 National Championship Game remains one of the most famous in sports history. CBS Sports Network further tells the story of this historic game with participation from members of the 1966 National Champions.

CBS Sports Network presents 1966 Texas Western: Champions of Change, a special about Texas Western’s National Championship and the impact it had on the sports and cultural landscape in the United States. The one-hour special airs on Sunday, Feb. 28 at 12:00 NOON, ET.

Against the backdrop of the civil rights movement, and for the first time in NCAA Championship history, an all-black starting lineup took the floor for Texas Western and defeated top-ranked and all-white Kentucky on March 19, 1966.

In a unique panel discussion, moderated by journalist Jack Ford, members of the 1966 team, journalists, historians and other special guests, provide accounts of basketball life in the segregated south, the challenges and triumphs of the 1966 Miners team and the way the Championship has resonated with fans throughout the years.

The program also includes interviews with former Kentucky players Pat Riley and Larry Conley.

To view a clip from the documentary, click HERE

Miners rally tops Western Kentucky in OT 93-89

From the start, as the sold-out crowd stood quietly singing the National Anthem along with a solo trumpet player, as the members of the 1966 Texas Western National Championship looked on, it was a very special afternoon at the Don Haskins Center.

And there was a game to be played as well.

While the Miners looked down and out in the second half – trailing the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers by as many as 19 points – the crowd and the spirit of the championship team – seemingly willed the current Miners to first come from behind in regulation to tie WKU 77-77, then to a 93 to 89 win in overtime.

As was the case in the 1966 championship run – and in countless seasons afterwards – Head Coach Tim Floyd and UTEP turned to aggressive defense to get the job done.

“We’re down 70 to 55 at the eight minute mark and we decide to go back to our press (defense), which we ran early in the ball game and it helped us earlier,” UTEP head coach said, “Earvin (Morris) made the three and we got a layup and all of a sudden we had it down to 10, I think our guys understood how quickly they can turn this with a little poise,” Floyd said.

With the 12,000 Miner fans helping to ignite a comeback, the Miners response included a career high 32 points from Earvin Morris, while Lee Moore would score all of his 23 points in the second half.

Morris was bright all game long connecting on 11 of 24 shots from the field, but it was Moore’s second half performance that sealed the comeback win for the Miners going two of six from behind the three point line and hitting all five of his free throw attempts.

“Just staying aggressive, I felt like I was being aggressive early in the first half, but my shots weren’t really falling,” Morris said. “It just paid off…we know we’re putting in the work in the gym, our shots are going to fall.”

The Toppers edged out the Miners with 30 defensive rebounds to UTEP’s 20 offensive boards, but UTEP would capitalize on turnovers – scoring 24 of their 93 points off of them.

It was a game unlike any other this season or in any other season before, as UTEP celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Texas Western National Championship Team.

“I do think our guys were a little tight and nervous in the first half, but all those things are good and I think these kids, more importantly, which is what is all about are going to remember this game for the rest of their lives and remember why it was important and tell their kids why it was important.”

In attendance were the Haskins family, along with several members from the 1966 team. During time outs, the video board would display former coaches congratulating the Miners, as well a message from President Barak Obama during the halftime ceremony.

“It was great to actually meet them and get to see them and get a couple of signatures, that meant the world to me,” Morris said. “They did it here, they showed us how to win. We just wanted to come out and make sure that we got this victory for them to celebrate their championship.”

Floyd, who was mentored by the late Don Haskins, said he and his team were aware of the importance the game and event meant.

“We want them to understand that there was a lot of guys that played here that were great players, that are proud of this program, proud of what they did to help change college basketball,” Floyd said. “We hope that it helps them conduct themselves properly at all times, but also play with some pride.”

LA Tech beats UTEP 78-70; Miners’ Artis nearly nets 2nd triple-double

RUSTON, LA. – Dominic Artis came up one assist shy of registering only the second triple-double in school history, but UTEP came up just short at LA Tech on Sunday, 78-70.

Artis finished with 23 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists and four steals for the Miners (11-11, 3-6 C-USA), who will start the second half of their Conference USA schedule at home this week against Marshall (Thursday, 7:05 p.m.) and WKU (Saturday, 3 p.m.).  On Saturday, the 1966 national championship team will return to El Paso and be honored on its 50th anniversary.

UTEP fought gamely at LA Tech (16-5, 5-3 C-USA) on Sunday but committed a season-high 23 turnovers – leading to 19 points for the Bulldogs – and couldn’t get the stops on defense necessary down the stretch.

LA Tech also went 11-for-15 at the charity stripe in the second half.

“We had a goal to not get beat at the foul line on the road, which has been a real problem for us,” UTEP coach Tim Floyd said. “We were in really good shape.  We gave up six free throws in the first half.  For the most part we did a pretty good job.  That’s why we played zone tonight, which is not what I like to do.”

The Miners led 33-32 at the half, fell behind by nine points in the second half, then closed to within four twice in the final two and a half minutes.  After Hooper Vint – who battled foul trouble – scored to make it 68-64 with 2:18 to go, LA Tech’s Erik McCree converted a layup of his own to push the lead back to six.  After Artis made two free throws with 1:45 to play, Alex Hamilton scored a layup to extend the lead to six again. Artis split two free throws, then Merrill Holden started a run of four straight points for the Bulldogs with free throws.  That put LA Tech ahead 76-67 with time ticking away.

“We gave up too many good looks in the second half when we tried to go man with about six minutes to go.  It was brutal,” Floyd said.  “They scored on three consecutive possessions and we paid a price.  By and large there was some improvement other than the ball handling.  We’ll try to go back home and see if we can’t do some things a little better when we get back to El Paso.”

Positives for the Miners … they outrebounded only their second league opponent of the season (38-34).  They shot 50.9 percent from the field and kept the Bulldogs under 40 percent up until the last few minutes.

They also did a decent job on Bulldogs stars Hamilton and McCree for 26 minutes before they came alive down the stretch, combining for 19 points over the final 13:27.

LA Tech finished 12-for-27 from three-point range with Jacobi Boykins (5-for-7) and Dayon Griffin (4-for-9) combining to go 9-for-16.  The Bulldogs were 7-for-18 from outside in the first half.  That, coupled with the Miners coughing up the ball 15 times, kept the Bulldogs in it despite shooting 30 percent and getting outrebounded 23-14 over the opening 20 minutes.

All five starters scored in double figures for LA Tech with Boykins (18 points) leading the way.  Griffin added 16, Hamilton and McCree 14 each, and Holden 12.  McCree grabbed 13 rebounds.

Artis shot 9-for-16 from the field and 4-for-6 from the line.

“We got great play from Dominic Artis tonight, which was really encouraging,” Floyd said.  “He played at a high level.  But not so good play from several others.  Too many turnovers.  We had 15 at the half.  We could’ve been up 12, 14 in the first half. But it was mistake after mistake handling the ball with our guys.”

Terry Winn scored 13 points, while Omega Harris and Earvin Morris added 10 apiece.  Harris scored the first six points as UTEP marched to a 6-0 lead.  The Miners were up by seven (21-14) with eight minutes remaining in the half, but LA Tech went on a 14-4 run to lead 28-25.

The Miners will be home for four of their next six games and five of the final nine as they complete the back end of their C-USA slate.

UTEP asks fans to celebrate Orange Fridays to Honor ’66 Champs

The University of Texas at El Paso encourages all Miners fans to recognize the 1966 Texas Western College (now UTEP) basketball team by wearing orange on Fridays in anticipation of the commemorative 50th anniversary game that will be played at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, in UTEP’s Don Haskins Center.

Some area businesses and school districts already promote Orange Fridays, but other businesses big and small, municipalities, and K-12 students are encouraged to catch the wave of enthusiasm and wear UTEP’s primary color to honor the ’66 team and support the 2015-16 Miners as they play for Conference USA victories.

Fans are encouraged to take pictures of their orange-clad fellow students or co-workers and post them using #Miners1966.

“We want to reignite the joy and excitement tied to Orange Fridays,” said Christian Corrales, University employer and community relations manager. “We hope to create awareness and build spirit leading up to the game.”

The University’s Office of Student Life has organized two other ways the community can relive the team’s accomplishment.

  • “The Road to Glory” is a commemorative exhibit open through Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, in the Union Gallery on the second floor of Union Building East. The artifacts come from UTEP’s Heritage House and University alumni who have loaned items such as posters, newspaper clippings and autographed basketballs from their personal collections. The exhibit reception is scheduled for 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3 on the second floor of Union Building East and is free and open to the public.
  • UTEP will host the screening of two related films Wednesday, Feb. 3, in the Union Cinema in Union Building East on the first floor. The free shows begin at 6 p.m. with the award-winning 2002 documentary “And the Wheels Turned: The 1966 NCAA Basketball Championship” by UTEP’s Cotton Productions. The 2006 Disney film, “Glory Road,” based on Texas Western’s 1966 championship season, will be shown at 7 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.

Learn more about the 1966 team at

UTEP Plans ‘Once-in-a-Lifetime’ Celebration for ’66 Champions

Members of the Texas Western College (TWC) men’s basketball team that won the 1966 national championship will be honored during The University of Texas at El Paso men’s basketball game against Western Kentucky University at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, in UTEP’s Don Haskins Center.

“There will be some tear-jerk moments and others that will stand your hair up,” said Chris Park, UTEP associate athletic director and the event’s lead organizer. “It will be a special game. Everything is tied to the historical significance of this team, top to bottom. It will be an awesome tribute.”

The contest between the Miners and the Hilltoppers will include special introductions of the 1966 players, an exceptional halftime recognition, and commemorative video tributes from national figures throughout the contest. Each fan will receive an orange or blue T-shirt with the 50th anniversary logo and 50 fans will leave with basketballs autographed by members of the 1966 team.

Nike has designed custom team warm-ups for the occasion and provided the players with special edition shoes. The Miners and Hilltoppers, who also were part of the ’66 NCAA basketball tournament, will wear “throwback” uniforms. Tickets for this historic celebration start at $15.

The ’66 team, which was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007, is acknowledged for its role in opening more opportunities for African-American student athletes. It was the first time that five black players started at an NCAA championship basketball game.

The Miners were led by future Hall of Fame coach Don Haskins, who often said he started his best players and his only motivation was to win the game against the heavily favored and all-white University of Kentucky Wildcats. The Miners won the game, 72-65, on March 19, 1966, in Cole Field House on the campus of the University of Maryland, College Park.

The special Feb. 6 recognition has generated community and national interest. The County of El Paso will issue a proclamation on Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, recognizing the ’66 team, and the City of El Paso will offer a resolution three weeks later.

Businesses and school districts are encouraged to participate in an Orange Friday on Feb. 5, 2016, by wearing orange to show their support. Fox Sports 1 plans to do a 30-minute pre-game show from the arena, and CBS Sports Network will tape a panel discussion Feb. 5 that will be part of a special video package to be broadcast nationally later this winter.

“In 1966 we changed the face of intercollegiate athletics, at least in men’s basketball,” said UTEP President Diana Natalicio. “For the past 30 years we have focused on changing the face of higher education, at least on our campus, and we are extremely proud that today’s UTEP student demographics mirror those of the surrounding region.

Like Coach Haskins, we didn’t set out to make a national statement either, but we ended up making one simply because we did our best to fulfill UTEP’s mission of creating educational opportunities for residents of this historically underserved U.S.-Mexico border region.”

The 1966 players are making their best effort to be part of what organizers are calling a “once-in-a-lifetime event.” Many will participate in a Feb. 4 media day and other associated activities. Also expected to attend are the team’s assistant coach Henry “Moe” Iba and Eddie Mullens, TWC’s sports information director.

“It is an honor that people still call me after 50 years and want to talk about that experience,” said Willie Worsley, a TWC sophomore guard who started in the championship game. The Spring Valley (New York) High School coach said he plans to participate in the Feb. 6 festivities.

Longtime UTEP fan Jimmy Rogers Jr., who attended the 1966 championship contest, will be among the dignitaries to welcome the team on the court on Feb. 6. He was ecstatic about the effort to celebrate the team.

“(Haskins) had his kids confident,” said Rogers, a retired El Paso business leader who recalled sitting about 15 rows above the hardwood floor of Cole Field House. “Being part of that was one of the most wonderful experiences of my life. It was quite a thrill.”

Charles Martin, Ph.D., UTEP professor of history, said that the passage of time often heightens the significance of events. He said celebrations such as the 50th anniversary of the ’66 victory become more important as participants grow older.

Martin suggested that the team’s recognition from books, the 2006 “Glory Road” movie, and the election to the Hall of Fame served as ways to address the national race issue.

“It’s a way of saying ‘Look how far we have come,’” said Martin, author of “Benching Jim Crow: The Rise and Fall of the Color Line in Southern College Sports, 1890-1980.” “It’s a sign that we’ve moved on and come to accept our history.”

Aside from the game, the community can relive the team’s accomplishment by visiting “The Road to Glory,” a commemorative exhibit open from Tuesday, Jan. 19, through Friday, Feb. 26, 2016, in the Union Gallery on the second floor of Union Building East. Items come from UTEP’s Heritage House and UTEP alumni who have loaned pieces such as posters, newspaper clippings and autographed basketballs from their personal collections.

The University also will screen two related films on Wednesday, Feb. 3, in the Union Cinema in Union Building East. The free shows will begin at 6 p.m. with the award-winning 2002 documentary “And the Wheels Turned: The 1966 NCAA Basketball Championship” by UTEP’s Cotton Productions. The 2006 Disney film, “Glory Road,” based on Texas Western’s 1966 championship season, will be shown at 7 p.m.

The exhibit and movie screenings were organized by UTEP’s Office of Student Life.

Author: Daniel Perez – UTEP Communications

UTEP Communications Manager Lauren Macias-Cervantes contributed to this story.

Tickets on sale now for live panel discussion of Miners’ 1966 Championship

Tickets are on sale now for a live panel discussion featuring the 1966 national champion Texas Western Miners on Feb. 5 at Memorial Gym.

Footage from the event will be incorporated into the CBS Sports Network documentary “1966 TEXAS WESTERN: CHAMPIONS OF CHANGE.”  The special will air later this winter.

The panel discussion will take place on Feb. 5 from 4-6 p.m., a day before the championship team is honored on its 50th anniversary at UTEP’s home game versus Western Kentucky.

The panel discussion will feature other special guests and will be moderated by journalist and author Jack Ford.

Tickets are $15 and seating is limited at Memorial Gym.  Tickets are available online only by visiting

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