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Norfolk State Tops UTEP in Sun Bowl Invitational 85-76

Charles Oliver scored 15 of his 22 points in the first half, and Norfolk State made a killing at the free throw line in an 85-76 win over UTEP on Monday night at the Don Haskins Center.

The Spartans (5-7) dropped the Miners (6-5) into the consolation game of the WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational.  UTEP will face Sam Houston State on Tuesday at 5 p.m.

Norfolk State made 28-of-30 foul shots, including 21-of-22 in the second half, in dealing the Miners their fifth consecutive loss.  The Spartans also shot 46 percent from the field and made 9-of-18 three-point shots.

“I thought their guard play was terrific,” UTEP coach Tim Floyd said.  “They ran good stuff.  I thought they took great shots all night long.  We knew they could shoot it, and the thing that was troublesome was they could also drive it.  I thought we got out of whack with shot fakes and drives.  They were able to turn the corner and get it into the paint on us consistently where we had to provide help because we could not contain our own guy.”

Norfolk State’s starters were a combined 19-for-19 at the charity stripe, and Jeff Short was 8-for-9 in a reserve role.  The Miners were outshot 28-15 at the line.

“That’s a bad stat at home when the road team shoots that many more free throws than the home team,” Floyd said.  “That’s no reflection on the officiating.  It’s an inability to contain the dribble on our part.”

UTEP got off to a slow start, trailing 9-1 in the first two minutes.  The Miners led just once, 29-28 on a three-pointer by Omega Harris with 4:55 remaining in the half.

Norfolk State led 53-50 with about 13 minutes left in the game before going on a 10-2 run to forge a 63-52 advantage.  The Miners sliced it to six (69-63) on a three-point play by Lee Moore with 5:51 remaining.  UTEP had a chance to get closer, but Hooper Vint turned it over and Harris fouled the Spartans’ Preston Bungei with five seconds on the shot clock.  He made both free throws, Norfolk State went up 71-63 and the Spartans were in control thereafter.

“I don’t know if anybody talks about not fouling as much [as we do],” Floyd said.  “That’s what’s so disappointing, especially given time, score, game situation right there.”

Short scored 18 points and Bungei added 15 for Norfolk State, which outrebounded the Miners 43-26 and tallied 17 second-chance points.

“We got pounded again on the boards, and not by a very big and physical team,” Floyd said.

The Miners allowed 70+ points for the sixth game in a row and 80 or more for the third time in that stretch.

“We don’t want to be a zone team,” Floyd said.  “We want to try to improve the guys that we have so that we have an opportunity to play in close games and tight games in our league late in the season.  But it’s a big frustration with the inability to stop people.  This has been my worst defensive team in my career.  But we’re going to keep working on it.  And we’re going to keep trying to get better.”

There were some positives for the Miners.  Dominic Artis (6-for-12 from the field, 4-for-7 from three), Earvin Morris (5-for-11 from the field) and Lee Moore (3-for-5 from the field) showed signs of coming out of their shooting funk.  The Miners scored 27 points off 19 Norfolk State turnovers.  They had 17 assists and only 11 turnovers themselves.

“All that being said, we’ve got a long way to go,” Floyd said.  “I’m not going to make excuses about this team.  We’ve got guys that should be better defenders than they are.  Lord knows we have spent hours and hours and hours on it.  But we’re getting exposed right now.  We just have to continue to work.”

Artis led the Miners with 18 points.  Harris added 16, Morris 12 and Moore 10.

In Monday’s opening game, UC Irvine dispatched Sam Houston State 63-53.  The Anteaters will face the Spartans for the titleon Tuesday at 7.

Author: Sun Bowl Invitational

Aggies sweep Miners in 20-point win at the Don

On a night that would see one team win their first game in the past four attempts; the rivalry that is the Battle of I-10 added another page to the chapter, one UTEP would prefer to forget, falling to NM State 73 to 53 at the Don Haskins Center.

The Aggies jumped to 14-0 lead before the Miners made their first shot after going 0 for 7 from the field.

“We got ourselves in a hell of a hole by turning the ball over four straight times, I like the way we tried to fight back. We played some box, it helped us get back in it,” UTEP head coach, Tim Floyd said. “We got some spirited play from Omega Harris off the bench.”

The Aggies would maintain a double-digit lead for the majority of the first half, until the Miners went on a 16-5 run and take their first leadNMSU at UTEP-24 of the game, 31-29, with 57 seconds left in the half off a three-point shot from Harris.

It was Harris’ first game of the season making a positive contribution off the bench, scoring 23 of the team’s 39 bench points.

UTEP head coach, Tim Floyd said Harris will eventually be a starter, but it was the lone bright spot on the night.

Lee Moore and Terry Winn struggled to find any rhythm throughout the game shooting a combined 3 of 20 from the field for seven points.

Floyd was asked if Moore’s play would hinder his status as a starter going forward, ‘playing his way out’ of the lineup.

NMSU at UTEP-4“We’re learning something about our guys every night out. You’re asking me what I think. Do I think this guy can play his way out?” Floyd said. “I don’t know, I don’t know who this guy is right now, we’re going to find out. This is where you suck them up, you play hard, you play with confidence…if you miss a few shots, get in the gym and spend an extra hour in the gym shooting. That’s all I know to do.”

UTEP led the Aggies 17 to 14 in rebounding in the first half, but ended the night losing the battle 38 to 27; getting out-muscled on the defensive end.

“My entire career we’ve been able to take a really good player out of the game on the perimeter, we have not been able to do that since we played (Gian) Clavell from Colorado State,” Floyd said. “We’re going to have to get back to it, if it truly is important then we’re going to have to get back to finding somebody, not necessarily changing what we’re doing, but finding somebody that can that’s on our roster, come in and do that. Our guys are simply not making enough shots offensively.”

The Aggies would regain the lead by one before the half, but the Miners managed to erase the 14-0 lead their rival had to begin the game.

UTEP’s bench play was vital in the surging comeback, outscoring NMSU’s bench 28-1 in the first half. But the comeback win would never happen as the Aggies kept pulling away as the second had winded down.

“This is basketball, it’s a game of runs. We knew they were going to go on a run. They went on a pretty good one and cut it to one,” AggiesNMSU at UTEP-45 guard, Ian Baker said. “At half time, he (coach Mavin Menzies) just told us to keep doing what we’re doing and they’ll break eventually.”

What was once a one-point lead turned into a 20-point advantage for the Aggies downing the Miners 73-53 and ending their three-game losing streak while the Miners lose their fourth-consecutive game.

Baker led all scorers with 26 points going six of seven from behind the three-point line.

“Honestly the thing that had me going was my mother came in from D.C. She was at the game tonight. I just wanted to give her something to remember while she was there, that was kind of in the back of my mind the whole game,” Baker said. “At the same time, I wanted to get the second win against UTEP, I want to at least split with our rivalry game.”

Both programs entered the night with three-game losing streaks: NMSU’s last win was against the Miners on Dec. 2 which also was UTEP’s first loss of the season after beginning the season with six consecutive victories.

The win for the Aggies is also their first non-conference road win since Dec. 17 2013. NMSU improves to 6-5 while dropping the Miners to 6-4.

UTEP has a quick turnaround as they host the Sun Bowl invitational and take on Norfolk State on Monday, while the Aggies also have two days to prepare for Oral Roberts.

Long Beach State drops UTEP 47 to 40

The UTEP women’s basketball team was dealt its first loss of the season after falling in a defensive struggle at Long Beach State, 47-40, Friday evening. The Miners (8-1), who trailed by 21 (47-26) with 6:16 to play in the contest, showed tremendous character by refusing to quit. They closed the game on a 14-0 surge before running out of time, allowing the 49ers (8-3) to escape with the victory.

UTEP held Long Beach to 29.5 percent (18-61) from the floor and forced 24 turnovers, but it was doomed by some issues of its own. The Miners committed a season-high 26 giveaways and shot 31.3 percent (15-48), in addition to enduring a 38.1 percent effort (8-21) at the charity stripe.

Jenzel Nash tallied 13 points to pace the Miners, who slipped to 47-5 under head coach Keitha Adams when holding foes to less than 50 points. Junior Sparkle Taylor pitched in seven points-all in the final 2:56 of the contest- to buoy Nash while Cameasha Turner pitched in five points.

“Long Beach State has a really good defensive team,” UTEP head coach Keitha Adams said. “They mixed their defenses a lot, but we just weren’t very good tonight. We really struggled. I thought we played hard to the end but I’m very frustrated tonight.”

Neither squad could get anything going in the opening quarter, which resulted in a 7-7 tie through 10 minutes. LBSU outscored UTEP, 16-8, in the second frame to put the Miners in a 23-15 halftime deficit. The Beach slowly but surely extended their advantage in the second half, with the difference swelling to the aforementioned 21 points.

The Orange and Blue didn’t fold up shop, though. Lawna Kennedy got things going with a jumper. Freshman Wiktoria Zapart then blocked a shot to spring fellow classmate Najala Howell on a fastbreak lay-up. Taylor then took over by scoring the game’s next seven points while the Miners continued to get stops at the other end.

Howell put a cap on the sensational sequence to close the contest with a long triple from the corner. The Miners forced one more turnover but they were unable to knock down a shot before time expired.

UTEP will wrap up play at the Long Beach Classic when it locks up with Mountain West foe UNLV.

Author: UTEP Athletics

Story in Six Pics: Miners move to 8-0 with 86-32 win over UTPB

The University of Texas at Permian Basin was no match for the Miners, as their smothering defense and lightning-quick offense lifted them to a 86-32 win. Check out Andres Acosta’s view of the game with today’s Story in Six Pics
















Washington State drops UTEP 84-68

PULLMAN, WASH. – Conor Clifford and Josh Hawkinson combined for 32 points and made 12-of-15 shots as Washington State shot 55 percent from the field in an 84-68 victory over UTEP on Sunday afternoon at Beasley Coliseum.

Que Johnson scored 11 points and Derrien King added 10 off the bench for the Cougars (6-2), who won for the first time in game three of a four-game set with the Miners (6-3).  The teams will square off once again at the Don Haskins Center during the 2016-17 season.

“We got beat by a better team tonight,” UTEP coach Tim Floyd said.  “They thoroughly dominated us with their two big guys inside.  We’re not a very good defensive team right now.  We are not great in any area defensively, either guarding the dribble, post coverage, defensive rebounding or defensive transition.”

The Miners scored the game’s first five points and didn’t trail until 7:32 remaining in the half, when Johnson’s foul shot put the Cougars ahead 22-21.  That was part of an 8-0 Washington State run that turned a 21-16 deficit into a 24-21 lead.

Later, King made back-to-back three pointers to push the Cougars’ lead to seven (34-27) with 3:45 to play in the half. Washington State led 39-33 at the break.  King was 3-for-3 from outside in the first 20 minutes.

The Miners couldn’t get stops to start the second half, as Washington State made six of its first seven shots to build a 52-39 cushion.  UTEP cut it to six (53-47) on a layup by Terry Winn with 14:52 to play.  But the Cougars scored the next eight points, including six from Renard Suggs, to power ahead 61-47.  Washington State maintained a double-digit lead the rest of the way.

Lee Moore scored 13 points to lead the Miners.  Earvin Morris and Winn added 12 each, and Hooper Vint had 10.

“Offensively our starting three perimeter guys were 11-for-37 from the floor,” Floyd said.  “We only had 10 assists and we had 13 turnovers.  The guard play was not good enough tonight and we played a team that’s a little bit more experienced than us. I thought they played really, really well coming off of a loss in their last game.”

A positive for the Miners was that they were competitive on the boards against the bigger Cougars.  Washington State outrebounded UTEP 38-36, but the Miners had a 16-8 edge on the offensive glass.

The Cougars had a big advantage at the free throw line as they were 24-for-36 to the Miners’ 17-for-26.

Hawkinson registered his fifth double-double of the season and 25th of his career with 14 boards.

The Miners will be home for six straight games starting on Saturday (Dec. 19) when they host NM State in the rematch of the FirstLight Federal Credit Union Battle of I-10.  Tip-off is slated for 7:05 p.m. and fans are encouraged to wear orange.

“We’re going to have to put this one behind us and get ready for the Aggies on Saturday,” Floyd said.

Author: UTEP Athletics

UT Arlington drops UTEP 76-62; 2nd loss in a row for Miners

The Miners had their hands full against an upstart UT Arlington team that already knocked off Ohio State and Memphis this year, eventually losing Saturday night 76 to 62.

The Mavricks’ (7-2)  spacing gave UTEP fits, while the Miners missed on second-chance opportunities, failed to capitalize on uncontested layups and dunk, rebounding and at the free-throw line.

With the Miners coming off their first loss of the season, after falling to rival NM State 73 to 59 on Wednesday, Coach Floyd hoped his team would rebound, both literally and figuratively.

Ut Arlington at UTep-3“They got to the on the road, their zone at the start of the second half, we didn’t attack it very well, nor did we make shots out of it,” UTEP head coach, Tim Floyd said. “We did not offensive rebounded very well, that being said, I thought Terry Winn had a fine game. He did a good job, other than that, I think a lot of these guys would like to play a little better and at a higher level.”

The Mavericks took a 5-0 lead to begin the game and would go on a 13-3 run just before the half to keep the five-point lead into the second half.

The Miners’ struggles continued to begin the second half, allowing the Mavericks to take a 47-34 lead. It was then when UTEP would tighten things up on the defensive end and go on a 9-0 run to cut the lead to four.

The Mavericks had a different idea regaining their double-digit lead to pull away for the eventual 14-point win.

“I thought that they were the best screening team that we’ve played against, the best passing team that we’ve played against. Probably had the best player, along with (NMSU’s Pascal) Siakam that we’ve played against,”  Floyd said. “I thought that they just did a terrific job with ball movement, showing great poise on the road. It’s obvious that they’ve been at tough places at Ohio State and Memphis…we knew they would not be intimidated in any way coming in here and they weren’t.”

The Miners were outrebounded 41 to 34 by the Mavericks, but it was from behind the arch that the Miners would lose the battle sinking only five of 23 attempts from the three-point line to the Maverick’s nine of 28.

The Miners, now 6-2, will take a week off and prepare to travel to Washington State where they will attempt to break the losing streak.

“Not coming off two losses, maybe a month would be appropriate,” Floyd joked about the time off between now and the next game. “Let’s face it, the team we played is 11th ranked in the RPI, that’s a good basketball team and we’ve got a long way to go. We’re trying to figure out who we are against good teams and it’s not going to get any easier.”

Story in Six Pics: UT Arlington beats UTEP 76-62

UTEP returned home Saturday night to take on UT Arlington. The Mavericks (7-2), who have also won at Ohio State and Memphis, went ahead for good, 26-25, on a layup by Erick Neal with 5:33 remaining in the first half after the Miners enjoyed a series of early leads.

Andres Acosta was there and brings you this Story in Six Pics

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Miners move to 7-0, take down NMSU 71-65

Senior Agata Dobrowolska posted her first career double-double (15 points, 14 rebounds) to lead the UTEP women’s basketball team to an emotional 71-65 win at I-10 rival NM State Saturday afternoon. The Miners (7-0) won the boards (43-38), forced 20 Aggie (6-2) turnovers and made clutch shots late to hand the home side its first loss in Las Cruces this year.

The victory affords the Miners a start of at least 7-0 start for the second time in three years and fourth occasion overall in program history.

Dobrowolska was joined in double digits for scoring by Jenzel Nash (16 points), Cameasha Turner (13 points) and Starr Breedlove (12 points). Lulu McKinney pitched in seven points, including a clutch three pointer with 47 seconds remaining to break the fourth and final tie of the tilt.

NM State, which trailed by as many as 14 points (18-4, 5:50 1Q) did well to battle back behind 11 three pointers. The Aggies managed to pull ahead, 62-61, with 1:59 to play but Breedlove used a teardrop shot to make the Miners’ first second-half deficit of the season short lived.

The biggest shot of the day, however, belonged to McKinney. With the game tied at 63 and the shot clock starting to wind down, McKinney launched the long triple that was nothing but nets to silence the crowd. Breedlove was credited with an assist on the play, one of her game and career-high eight on the day.

After the two sides traded free throws, Nash broke loose for an uncontested lay-up to give the Miners a 69-65 advantage with 17 seconds left. NM State missed a three pointer on its next possession and Turner iced the contest with two charity stripe tosses.

“We just kept playing hard and battled through,” UTEP head coach Keitha Adams said. “NM State has a good club. I’m very proud of the team for the great road win.”

UTEP shot 42.6 percent (29-of-68) from the floor and committed only 15 turnovers against a relentless full-court NM State press. The Miners played with the lead for 35:50 while the contest was tied for 3:46.

NM State was paced by 15 points from Abby Scott while Sasha Weber and Brooke Salas each chipped in 10 points apiece.

UTEP pounced on the Aggies early, scoring the first nine points of the contest to help it stake an 18-4 advantage with 5:50 to play in the first quarter. The cushion was 12 (21-9) with 3:51 remaining in the quarter before the Aggies roared back behind four straight three pointers (three by Scott).

A lay-up by Dobrowolska, whose previous career high was five points on three occasions, halted the sequence. Weber drilled a jumper to tie the tilt at 23 after 10 minutes of action. Adams challenged her squad to tighten up defensively in the second stanza, and the Miners responded.

UTEP peeled off 13 straight points to start the frame. The Miners wound up outscoring NM State, 18-9, in the period to grab a 41-32 lead at the half. UTEP’s defense helped offset sluggish shooting in the third quarter, allowing it to be up by six (50-44) to start the final quarter.

The home side made several runs at the Miners in the fourth quarter, but UTEP had an answer each time en route to picking up its seventh win in as many tries this year.

UTEP will take a break for finals week before welcoming UTPB to the Don Haskins Center for a game at 7:05 p.m. MST on Dec. 14.

Author: UTEP Athletics

Battle of I-10 Part 1: Aggies beat Miners 73-59

Pascal Siakam collected 24 points and 23 rebounds, and NM State built a big lead early in the first half en route to a 73-59 win over UTEP on Wednesday at the Pan American Center.

The Aggies (5-2) scored the game’s first 10 points and led 20-4 seven minutes into the game.  The Miners cut it to four twice late in the first half and trailed 36-28 at the break.

UTEP, which lost for the first time in seven games, fell behind by 10 points (38-28) early in the second half.  The Miners mounted another rally, pulling within four (51-47) on a three-pointer by Earvin Morris with 10:51 to play.  But the Aggies scored eight of the next 10 points and were in control the rest of the night.

Utep at NMSU-53“The Aggies were a better team tonight than we were in all areas of the game,” UTEP coach Tim Floyd said.  “We have had our rebounding woes.  We got dominated last Saturday [against Colorado State] and were able to win a ball game.  It didn’t quite work like that tonight.  Siakam had 23 boards and our team had 27.  Until that mentality changes with our team, including our guards who need to go back and rebound the ball to help us, we’re going to continue to have these kinds of struggles.”

Ian Baker scored 22 points for NMSU and made five of the Aggies’ six three-point field goals.

Dominic Artis led UTEP with 14 points, five rebounds and five assists.  Lee Moore scored 12 points and Morris added 11, although they were a combined 7-for-24 from the field.

“I thought our shot selection was very questionable, even early in the game to late in the game,” Floyd said.  “We only had three turnovers at the half and I thought, ‘Maybe we have a chance.’  But when we cut it to four a couple of times we came down and turned it over on back-to-back trips, and then we took back-to-back bad shots which are like turnovers.  I credit the Aggies for putting us in those situations.  They were more dominant than us inside tonight.  I thought that they played through their bigs and really did a great job.”

The Miners were outrebounded 50-27, including 18-4 on the offensive glass.  The Aggies outscored UTEP 32-10 in the paint and 17-1 on second chance points.

Matt Taylor had a near double-double for NMSU with nine points and nine boards.  The Aggies shot 43.3 percent to UTEP’s 40.7.

Utep at NMSU-99“The first possession of the game we came out and we were going to go double off of Taylor,” Floyd said.  “We had Taylor take the shot, the guy we wanted to take the shot, and they went back and rebounded over the top of us and put it in.  It was like that throughout the entire game.  Very frustrating.  Credit to the Aggies, who I think have got an NBA player in Siakam.  I was in that league for eight years and he looks the part.  We recognized that going into the game, the problem was we couldn’t do anything about it.”

The rematch is on Dec. 19 at the Don Haskins Center.

The Miners will host a UT Arlington team that has won at Ohio State and Memphis, and lost in overtime at Texas, on Saturday.  Tip-off is 7:05 p.m.

Author: UTEP Athletics

Story in Six Pics: Aggies take Battle of I-10 over Miners 73-59

Records and season tallies are thrown out every time you meet your rival, and Wednesday night’s Battle of I-10 was no different. The Aggies beat the Miners in Las Cruces 73 to 59. Check out Andres Acosta’s view of the game in today’s Story in Six Pics.

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Morris Named Player of the Week; Miners Receive Top-25 Votes

UTEP senior guard Earvin Morris was selected the Conference USA Player of the Week on Monday, and the Miners picked up votes in both top-25 national polls.

UTEP, off to a 6-0 start for the first time in 15 years, received three votes in the Associated Press Poll and one in the USA Today Coaches Poll.

tx State at UTep-6Morris was named MVP of the Corpus Christi Coastal Classic after leading UTEP to the championship with a 99-90, double overtime victory over Colorado State.  He scored 22 of his 28 points after halftime as the Miners rallied from a 47-30 deficit at the break.

He made 10-of-17 shots and 7-of-8 free throws in 40 minutes while adding four rebounds and a blocked shot.

Morris’ three pointer with 23 seconds remaining in regulation tied the game at 73 and sent it into overtime.  He scored 15 points in the second half and seven in the overtime periods.

Morris scored eight of his 12 points in the second half against Southern Illinois, including a layup with 42 seconds left that pushed a one-point lead to three.  The Miners beat the Salukis 71-66.

Earlier in the week, Morris scored 12 points with six rebounds and four assists in a 72-54 win over Florida A&M.  Morris averaged 17.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.0 apg and 1.3 spg for the week with a .559 (19-for-34) field goal percentage, .300 (3-for-10) three-point field goal percentage and .733 (11-for-15) free throw percentage.

UTEP will play at I-10 rival NM State on Wednesday before hosting UT Arlington on Saturday.  Both games are at 7 p.m.

Author: UTEP Athletics

Miners mash Idaho State 67-54; Win Thanksgiving Classic Crown

Junior Jenzel Nash poured in a career-high 26 points to help propel UTEP past Idaho State, 67-54, in the championship game of the Fifth-Annual UTEP Thanksgiving Classic Saturday evening.

The Miners (5-0) nailed 11 three pointers (tied eighth all time), including four by Nash-who was named the tournament’s MVP- while also harassing the Bengals (2-4) into 22 turnovers. UTEP took great care of the ball by committing a season-low nine turnovers and had advantages in both bench scoring (16-4) and points off turnovers (17-8).

Idaho St vs Utep-10ISU drilled 43.4 percent (23-of-53) of its shots and controlled the boards (39-29), but the issues with ball security and an inability to slow down the Miners from distance doomed the visitors. Apiphany Woods led the way for her squad with 18 points. She was named to the All-Tournament team, along with Olivia Hackman (Southeast Missouri), Brittany Crain (UC Riverside), Starr Breedlove (UTEP) and Nash (UTEP).

“I’m proud of our team for how we played hard,” UTEP head coach Keitha Adams. “I’m proud of El Paso for showing up and we’re excited to win our tournament.”

UTEP dominated the second and fourth quarters, outscoring the Bengals by a combined count of 40-25 in those quarters. The ability to take it to another level proved too much for ISU to handle. UTEP led for 32:38 of the contest and never faced a deficit greater than three throughout the tilt.

Cameasha Turner (12 points) and Breedlove (11 points) joined Nash in double figures for scoring while Lulu McKinney came off the bench to tally seven points. But the night belonged to Nash, who filled up the stat line across the board. She was 8-of-15 from the floor, including 4-of-6 from distance, made all six of her free throws while also grabbing seven rebounds, recording five steals and dishing out a quartet of assists in 29 minutes of action.

The two sides traded baskets early on, and it was knotted at 14 at the conclusion of the first quarter. ISU vaulted ahead by one (18-17) earlyIdaho St vs Utep-16 in the second quarter but UTEP scored six of the game’s next eight points to regain the lead. As it turned out, the Orange and Blue would not relinquish that the rest of the way.

The margin ballooned to eight (36-28) heading into halftime and hit double figures early in the third quarter. The Bengals regrouped and fought to trim the deficit down to four (49-45) early in the fourth quarter.

UTEP, though, had an answer by outscoring ISU, 18-9, the rest of the way to cruise to its fifth double-digit victory in as many contests this year.

UTEP will return to action when it plays host to I-25 rival New Mexico at 4:15 p.m. MT Wednesday.

It is a special early tipoff in order for Miner fans to be able to cheer on the women against the Lobos before making the trip up I-25 to support the men’s team at New Mexico State.

Author: UTEP Athletics

Story in Six Pics: Miners take Tourney, beat Idaho State 67-54

The UTEP Miners move to 5 and 0 with a 67-54 victory over Idaho State in the Fifth Annual Thanksgiving Classic. UTEP’s Jenzel Nash was named Tournament MVP  and finished the game with 26 points. Andres Acosta was there and brings you tonight’s Story In Six Pics

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Miners down Colorado State 99-90; take Corpus Christi Coastal Classic Crown

CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS – Earvin Morris scored 22 of his 28 points after halftime as UTEP rallied from a 17-point deficit and beat Colorado State, 99-90 in double overtime, to capture the championship of the Corpus Christi Coastal Classic on Saturday afternoon at the American Bank Center.

The Miners are 6-0 for the first time in 15 years and won an in-season tournament outside of their own Sun Bowl Invitational for the first time since December of 1984, when they finished first at the Saluki Shootout in Carbondale, Ill.

UTEP joined Virginia and TCU as champions of the three-year event.

Morris was named tournament MVP after making 10-of-17 shots and 7-of-8 free throws.  Lee Moore matched him with 28 points, 20 after halftime.  Hooper Vint added 13 points and nine rebounds, and Terry Winn scored 12 points.

Moore and Vint were named to the All-Tournament Team.

The Miners trailed 47-30 at halftime after Colorado State (5-1) made nine three pointers and enjoyed a 37-14 rebounding advantage.

 “We didn’t holler and scream at them,” UTEP coach Tim Floyd said of the halftime adjustments.  “We just said ‘Hey look, our offense is contributing to us getting killed on the boards, taking one pass shots and the long rebounds.  We’ve got to attack more and we’ll be more aggressive.

“I just think we were so thoroughly dominated in the first half that it was probably hard for [Colorado State coach Larry Eustachy] to get his guys to believe that we could come back.”

To the Miners’ credit, however, they opened the second half with 10 straight points to close the gap to 47-40.  Colorado State was able to push the lead back to 11 (61-50) with under nine minutes remaining, but UTEP kept chipping away.  Down 62-52, the Miners went on a 9-0 run and pulled within one (62-61) on a three-point play by Moore with 5:13 to go.

UTEP finally tied it at 66 on a free throw by Moore at the 3:35 mark.  After Colorado State reinstated a three-point lead (73-70) on a jumper by Emmanuel Omogbo with 1:24 to play, Morris buried a three pointer to send it to overtime.

The Miners took their first lead since 20-18 on a jumper by Morris with 4:13 left in overtime.  That put UTEP ahead 75-73.  The Miners had an 81-79 lead in the final 30 seconds of the first overtime, but the Rams’ Gian Clavell tied it with a layup and Dominic Artis missed a jumper with one second remaining.

UTEP never trailed in the second overtime.  The Miners scored the first four points on layups by Vint and Morris.  They went up by six (91-85) on two free throws by Moore with 2:26 on the clock.  Clavell answered with a three to cut the deficit in half.

Moore missed a three, the Rams secured the defensive rebound, and Prentiss Nixon missed the potential game-tying three pointer.  Tevin Caldwell secured the defensive rebound, Earvin Morris was fouled with 1:42 remaining and the Miners iced it with free throws down the stretch.

“Our guys did a nice job in the first four minutes [of the second half] of getting stops which led to run outs,” Floyd said.  “And we look up and we’ve gone from 17 down to 11 down.  We thought ‘OK, maybe we’ve got a shot here.’  So I’m real proud of them.

“We’ve got a lot of things that we still need to get better at.  We got thoroughly pummeled on the glass, 73-47.  I’ve never been in a game where two guys on the other team had 12 and 10 boards at halftime.  We’ve got to simply get better on the glass some way or another.   We’ve got to figure that out.  I think we can learn a lot from this game though, and that’s the beautiful thing about it.  That’s a very good, well-coached Colorado State team and it’s a quality win for us.”

The Rams, who won at Northern Iowa earlier this year right before the Panthers knocked off top-ranked North Carolina, were led by Clavell who scored 35 points with 10 rebounds.  Omogbo had 15 points and 20 boards.  Tiel Daniels and Joe De Ciman chipped in with 16 and 12 rebounds respectively.

UTEP outscored Colorado State 43-26 in the second half and stopped the Rams’ three-point shooting barrage.  They were 9-for-23 from beyond the arc in the first half, 3-for-18 thereafter.

The Miners once again flashed their depth with Artis, Morris and Winn in foul trouble over the course of the game.

“We were able to get great minutes from Trey Touchet off the bench and Paul Thomas off the bench in critical times,” Floyd said.  “Those two freshmen were outstanding, and Christian Romine for a couple of minutes.  And then I thought we played with poise defensively with those fouls.  Containment was a little better.”

The Miners passed the first leg of a demanding six-game stretch that features upcoming games against I-10 rival NM State (twice), Washington State on the road and UT Arlington at home. The Mavericks have already won at Ohio State and Memphis.

Floyd was asked what he learned about his team in come-from-behind victories over Southern Illinois and Colorado State.

“I just think they learned how to play down 17 and you can learn also from the other team that if you’re up 17, sometimes it’s not enough,” he said.  “You’ve got to go back and you’ve got to continue to play.”

The Miners will put their unbeaten mark on the line when they play at NM State on Wednesday at 7 p.m., their first road game of the season.

Author: UTEP Athletics

Miners reach title game, dispatch Southern Illinois 71-66

CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS – Hooper Vint and Terry Winn established career-highs with 18 and 15 points respectively, leading UTEP to a 71-66 victory over Southern Illinois Friday and a berth in the Corpus Christi Coastal Classic championship game.

UTEP (5-0) meets Colorado State (5-0) in the championship game of the Corpus Christi Coastal Classic on Saturday afternoon at the American Bank Center. The game will be televised on the American Sports Network and can be seen on KFOX-TV in El Paso.

Southern Illinois lost for the first time in six games as UTEP rallied from a three-point deficit in the final two minutes.

“We did some nice things,” UTEP coach Tim Floyd said.  “It was our first real test against a good club.  This is a good Southern Illinois team and we are real pleased with the win.”

The Miners survived on a day when Dominic Artis was in foul trouble, played only 20 minutes and had no assists.  They held Saluki star Anthony Beane to nine points, 14 below his season average, on 4-for-12 shooting.

“We got great effort from a lot of people tonight,” Floyd said.  “Earvin Morris and Jake Flaggert did a good job on a terrific guard and took Beane out of the game in terms of only getting nine points.  I thought we had a great understanding in a tight game of not fouling and in turn getting ourself to the line.”

The Miners finished 24-for-38 at the stripe to Southern Illinois’ 9-for-9.

The first half featured five ties and eight lead changes.  Flaggert gave the Miners a bit of breathing room when he nailed a three-pointer right before the buzzer sounded.  That sent UTEP to the locker room leading 34-30.

The Miners built a nine-point lead (56-47), their largest of the game, with under 10 minutes remaining but couldn’t shake the Salukis.  Southern Illinois went on a 12-2 run and regained the lead, 64-62, on a layup by Sean O’Brien with 3:02 to play.  O’Brien had game-highs with 25 points and 11 rebounds.

After Lee Moore split two free throws, O’Brien scored again at the 2:23 mark to increase the Salukis’ advantage to three (66-63).

That turned out to be Southern Illinois’ final points of the game as the Miners pitched a shutout the rest of the way.  Winn scored the next four points – off a layup and two free throws – to push UTEP back ahead 67-66.  The Salukis scored on the other end to apparently go up 68-67, but following an official review it was determined that the basket came after the shot clock ran out.

Earvin Morris scored with 42 seconds left for a 69-66 UTEP lead and, after SIU’s Austin Weiher missed a three, Vint closed it out on two free throws with 18 seconds remaining.

“We played with a great deal of poise with Lee Moore at the point when Dominic Artis was out of the game for significant periods of time,” Floyd said.  “I thought he did a great job of getting us into play.  Terry Winn and Hooper Vint were outstanding, both on the glass and offensively.  I thought we played really unselfish.  And we got quality minutes from a lot of guys on our team tonight.”

Moore dished out a game-high seven assists and Trey Touchet turned in an error-free performance over nine minutes, helping the Miners weather the storm with their starting point guard on the bench.

 “We were able to get into play offensively and defensively,” Floyd said.  “Dominic is such a dynamic guard, but we needed it.  It was a really good lesson for us to draw back on in the future in terms of how we’re going to play without him in the game.”

Winn scored in double figures for the second straight game while adding 10 rebounds for his first career double-double.  He has gone to the line 20 times in the last two games, including 10 more on Friday.

“He was a guy that was determined to go rebound it,” Floyd said.  “We’ve said it for years, the guys that rebound it end up scoring and helping in other areas.  I thought he did a nice job late switching out to Beane.  We had a couple of situations where we deviated from our attack and switched.  I thought overall his concentration was good.  He’s a young player.  This is his third college game.  And he is getting better.”

As for Vint, he is 5-for-5 scoring in double figures this season and also picked up a career-best nine rebounds for the second straight game on Friday.

“It’s just really a big deal for that kid,” Floyd said.  “He has played sparingly over four years.  He has been patient.  He is what the college experience should be about.  Staying here, persevering, not transferring, continuing to work, trying to get better, graduating, and he’s making great strides as a basketball player right now and we’re really proud of him.”

Colorado State and Portland squared off on Friday night for the right to challenge the Miners for a championship.

“It will be a good game for us,” Floyd said.  “You schedule these tournaments because your conference tournament becomes this, where you have to play back-to-back nights.  We did it a week ago, and we didn’t do it very well.  We played a good half [against Florida A&M], we didn’t play a good second half when we had to follow up on back-to-back nights.  So I hope that we can have a good film session tonight after this ballgame, a good breakfast tomorrow morning, and talk about who our opponent is and see if we can get some things into the game off the chalkboard.

“It’s a good group.  I think they’re resilient.  We had chances to lose this game tonight.  I’m just glad that we didn’t and we’re learning how to win.”

Author: UTEP Athletics

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