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UTEP Women’s Basketball Downs St. Mary’s In Exhibition Game, 72-54

2016 Preseason All C-USA team honoree Sparkle Taylor poured in 18 points while sophomore Najala Howell added 11 off the bench to help the UTEP women’s basketball team knock off St. Mary’s (Texas), 72-54, in an exhibition contest Friday evening.

UTEP connected on 39.1 percent (27-69) of its shots from the floor, including a crisp 46.7 percent (7-15) during the aforementioned strong second quarter. The Miners crushed the Rattlers on the glass (55-35), with redshirt-junior Tamara Seda leading the way with 10 boards. UTEP’s depth also factored into the contest, with the Miners holding a 36-8 advantage from reserve scoring.

“It was not a bad first outing,” UTEP head coach Keitha Adams said. “We have a lot of young players and lot to learn. We had some moments where we did some good things that we’ve been working on in practice and then we obviously have some areas that we really need to work on. A lot of our new, young players were a little bit nervous for their first big outing under the lights, but I like our kids. We just have to settle in and as they get more comfortable we’ll be better.”

Things went back-and-forth early with four ties and five lead changes over a competitive first quarter of action. UTEP seized control during the second quarter, with Taylor coming alive for eight points to lead a 16-7 charge that afforded the Miners a 12-point cushion (37-25) at the break. St. Mary’s scored the first six points of the third quarter to cut the lead in half (39-33) but the Orange and Blue peeled off eight straight to put away the Rattlers for good. St. Mary’s never got closer than 14 the rest of the way, with the margin swelling to as many as 22 (65-43) at one point.

Adams did a masterful job of spreading the wealth with playing time; all 14 Miners earned at least seven minutes of action, but Taylor (24 minutes) and junior-college transfer Axelle Bernard (20 minutes) were the only players to have 20+ minutes.

It was also a balanced scoring attack with Seda (eight points) and freshmen Roeshonda Patterson (eight points) and Jakeira Ford (seven points) buoying the efforts of Taylor and Howell. The same could be said of the boards, with Ford securing seven rebounds while junior-college transfer Chanel Khammarath and Taylor each grabbed six.

St. Mary’s was led by 14 points from Tyra Cormier and 13 by LaBraile Fields.

The Miners will now turn their focus toward final preparations before officially tipping off their 43rd season as a program when they play host to Northern Arizona at 7:05 p.m. MST Nov. 11. That game will be the first of three straight at home for the Miners, who will also face Texas Southern (2 p.m. MST, Nov. 13) and Western New Mexico (7:05 p.m., MST, Nov. 17).

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Miners Still Focused on Self-Improvement in Second Exhibition

Six days after knocking off Southeastern Oklahoma State, the UTEP men’s basketball team will get its final dress rehearsal for the 2016-17 season when it hosts Alaska Fairbanks on Saturday (Nov. 5) at 1 p.m.

The Nanooks are Division II but coming off a successful 2015-16 campaign where they finished 22-8 overall and 15-5 in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.  They averaged 83.4 points and 16.8 assists per game, numbers that rated no. 47 and no. 23 in the nation respectively.  They have two returning starters in senior guard Brandon Davis (10.9 ppg last season) and senior forward Bangaly Kaba (12.2 ppg/6.2 rpg).

Of course it’s all about the Miners on Saturday, and coach Tim Floyd said the team has plenty to work on after topping the Savage Storm 80-73.

“We’d like to get better in terms of taking care of the ball,” he said.  “We had too many turnovers [20 in the first game].  We’d like to get some guys some more minutes that didn’t play much in the first ballgame, and look at our bench a little bit.  We had a young man [Deon Barrett] that was disciplined in the first game that will play in the second game, which will be good for him.  We’d like to try to figure out a way to win since we’re really counting on a lot of new guys.  And we’d like to see some of our new guys play better than we think they played in the last ballgame.”

Freshman Kelvin Jones had a solid debut against Southeastern Oklahoma State, although he was limited to 11 minutes due to foul trouble.  He contributed six points and six rebounds.

“His whole thing is how hard he will play and how long he can play,” Floyd said.  “We think he has enough ability to rebound the ball, which our team certainly needs.  We think he’s going to be an efficient scorer at some point in his career.  We just don’t know how long he can play and how hard he can play, which is something that most freshmen go through.”

UTEP’s starters in the first exhibition (Dominic Artis, Jake Flaggert, Omega Harris, Paul Thomas, Terry Winn) accounted for 134 of the team’s 200 minutes.  The Miners played eight guys off the bench, including walk-on guard Jose Martinez who got in for one minute.  Four other freshmen (Chris Barnes, Tim Cameron, Adrian Moore, Hudson Urbanus) were on the floor for between four and eight minutes and could be candidates for extended playing time on Saturday.

The Miners’ projected starting backcourt of Artis and Harris combined for 28 points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals in the exhibition opener.

“They both would like to have some plays back.  We had probably a few more turnovers than we’d like to have,” Floyd said. “They are both going to have to play well for this team to have success this year.”

The Miners had their struggles defensively last season and it’s still a work in progress.

“I don’t think we’re very good right now in that area, and we spend a lot of time on it,” Floyd said.  “Sometimes you have to just question if we’re going about it with the right people in the right spots.  We’ll continue to challenge guys in hopes that we’ll get better in that area.”

Exhibition ticket prices are $10 (adults) and $8 (youth) and fans can exchange their basketball ticket for a free ticket to the Miner football game against Houston Baptist later on Saturday.  Fans can get their free general admission football ticket by bringing the basketball ticket to the North Sun Bowl ticket office on game day. Exchanges will be made beginning at 3 p.m., and kickoff for the football game is at 6.

Both UTEP basketball teams will be signing complimentary schedule posters in the North concourse of the Sun Bowl prior to the football game at 5 p.m.

Free Admission For UTEP Women’s Basketball Exhibition Game Vs. St. Mary’s

There will be free admission for the UTEP women’s basketball team’s exhibition contest against St. Mary’s (Texas) at 7:05 p.m. MDT at the Don Haskins Center Friday. There will also be a postgame autograph session for the fans to connect with the Miners.

This is the ninth straight year that UTEP and the Rattlers will be locking up in the postseason. The well-coached and disciplined Division II foe was picked to finish fourth in the Southland Conference preseason poll. Last year St. Mary’s rolled to an 18-10 overall record, including 8-5 on the road.

UTEP returns one starter (2016 All C-USA first team honoree Jenzel Nash) and five letter winners (Najala Howell, Lulu McKinney, Nash, Tamara Seda and Sparkle Taylor) from last year’s team (29-5, 16-2 C-USA, advanced to WNIT quarterfinals). The Miners also have redshirt-freshman Jessica Barbosa back in the fold while eight newcomers (Axelle Bernard, Faith Cook, Jakeira Ford, Chanel Khammarath, Roeshonda Patterson, Zuzanna Puc, Rachel Tapps and Katarina Zec) round out the roster.

While there will be plenty of new faces on the court, UTEP continues to have incredible continuity on the coaching staff. Keitha Adams, the only three-time C-USA Women’s Basketball Coach of the Year in league history, embarks on her 16th season in the Sun City and 21st overall as a collegiate head coach. She will be joined by associate head coach Ewa Laskowska (16th year at UTEP), assistant coach Bill Damuth (seventh year at UTEP) and assistant coach and former Miner point guard Kelli Willingham Bagley (second year at UTEP).

Friday’s game is the only tune-up for the 2016-17 season for the Miners. UTEP will officially tip off its 43rd season as a program when it plays host to Northern Arizona at 7:05 p.m. MST Nov. 11. That game will be the first of three straight at home for the Miners, who will also face Texas Southern (2 p.m. MST, Nov. 13) and Western New Mexico (7:05 p.m., MST, Nov. 17).

Season tickets remain on sale and may be purchased by calling (915) 747-6150.

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UTEP Announces 2-for-1 Basketball/Football Ticket Promotion

Fans who purchase a ticket to the UTEP men’s basketball game against Alaska Fairbanks on Saturday afternoon (Nov. 5) can exchange it for a free general admission ticket to the Miner football game versus Houston Baptist later in the day.

The basketball game is at 1 p.m. in the Don Haskins Center, and the football game is at 6 in the Sun Bowl.

The Football Miners [2-6, 1-4 C-USA] are coming off a 31-21 loss to Old Dominion on Oct. 29, while the Huskies [3-5, 2-4 Southland Conference] ended a four-game losing skid after beating Lamar 24-17. The contest will mark the first-ever meeting between the two programs.

Saturday’s contest will be the last home game before the Miners make their final two road trips of 2016 [at Florida Atlantic & at Rice]. UTEP returns to the Sun City for the regular season finale against North Texas on Nov. 26.

The UTEP men’s basketball team pulled away late for an 80-73 exhibition win over Southeastern Oklahoma State on Sunday at the Don Haskins Center on Sunday.

Basketball exhibition ticket prices are $10 (adults) and $8 (youth).

Fans can get their free general admission football ticket by bringing the basketball ticket to the North Sun Bowl ticket office on game day.  Exchanges will be made beginning at 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Story+Gallery: UTEP Blows Past Storm in Exhibition Opener, 80-73

Dominic Artis scored 17 points and Terry Winn had a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds as UTEP pulled away late for an 80-73 exhibition win over Southeastern Oklahoma State on Sunday at the Don Haskins Center.

The Miners scored eight consecutive points from the 10:04 mark of the second half to 8:23, as they turned a 56-55 lead into a 64-55 margin.  Artis tallied four points during the run, two coming off his own steal and two coming off a takeaway by Omega Harris.

UTEP took its biggest lead of 11 points (71-60) on a three-point play by freshman Tim Cameron with 3:57 to go.

After allowing 43 points and a .583 (14-for-24) field goal percentage to the Savage Storm in the first half, the Miners turned in a more staunch defensive effort over the final 20 minutes.  Southeastern Oklahoma State scored 30 points and shot 38.7 percent from the field (2-for-10 from three-point range) during that span.

“We played a really good shooting team tonight,” UTEP coach Tim Floyd said.  “We have not been a pressing team.  We tried to integrate a little pressing into what we’re doing this year.  We didn’t really do that successfully.  I thought it led to a lot of easy baskets for them on the other end.  The 43 points that we gave up in the first half was disappointing, but not totally unexpected.”

The Savage Storm bolted to a 14-4 lead in the first four minutes, but UTEP rallied to go ahead 46-43 at the break.  The Miners didn’t trail after Harris’ layup made it 53-52 with 14:38 to play.

The Miners outscored the Savage Storm 34-22 in the paint and had a 39-30 rebounding edge.  UTEP also scored 32 points off 22 turnovers by the visitors.

Harris had an efficient game for UTEP with 11 points on 4-for-8 shooting from the field and 2-for-3 from outside.  He also dished out three assists with no turnovers in 31 minutes.

Paul Thomas added nine points and five rebounds.  Trey Touchet (eight points) and Kelvin Jones (six points, six rebounds) led the bench effort as a total of 13 players saw action in the game.

“I saw really nice flashes from Kelvin Jones in terms of why we brought him here,” Floyd said.  “His athleticism jumped out at us a couple of times, his ability to run the floor, his willingness to run the floor versus last Saturday in our Orange and White game was a positive.”

UTEP finished with a .443 field goal percentage to Southeastern Oklahoma State’s .473.

“We allowed too many post catches as a team,” Floyd said.  “I thought their dribble penetrations and kicks were real troublesome for us defensively in the first half.  I thought we were much better at that in the second half.

“Some guys probably took too many shots and not quality shots and tried to do too much with the ball versus just moving it sometimes.  It led to turnovers, it led to what I would deem as questionable shots from a couple of our guys.  Those are things that I love about exhibition games, is that we can see players maybe try to do things that they don’t do in practice, just because there are a few people in the stands and a few people sitting on press row.  We will go back and address all of those things.”

The Miners were without Matt Willms, who is battling a stress reaction in his foot and out for a minimum of one week, and freshman guard Deon Barrett, who sat out for violating team rules.

UTEP will have one more tune-up prior to the regular season tipping off on Nov. 12.  The Miners will host Alaska Fairbanks on Saturday (Nov. 5) at 1 p.m. prior to the football team’s game against Houston Baptist at 6.

Gallery by Andres Acosta

Miners to Tip-off Season Versus Southeastern Oklahoma State

For the fourth time in five years, the UTEP men’s basketball team will get its season underway with an exhibition game versus Southeastern Oklahoma State.  The Miners and the Savage Storm will meet on Sunday (Oct. 30) at 1 p.m. in the Haskins Center.

UTEP beat Southeastern Oklahoma State to open the 2012-13 (70-63), 2013-14 (91-63) and 2014-15 (105-58) seasons.

The Savage Storm was 11-17 last season and returns eight players, including three of its top four scorers.  But this time of the year it’s not about the opponent, it’s about the Miners continuing to get better.

UTEP is coming off the Orange and White Scrimmage last Saturday where Omega Harris put on a show (34 points), Matt Willms returned to the hardwood (14 points) and Paul Thomas demonstrated that he may be the Miners’ most-improved player (16 points/10 boards).  There’s still plenty of work to be done and plenty of questions to be answered.

“We’ve got a long, long, long way to go, and we should 10 days into practice,” UTEP coach Tim Floyd said.  “We weren’t ready to have that scrimmage.  It was a little too early for us.  We’ve got a couple of newcomers that have to come a long way in order for us to have a chance to compete.”

One is Kelvin Jones.  The 6-11 freshman center put up 10 points and 10 rebounds in the Orange and White Scrimmage.

“He’s got a lot of talent and he’s just got to learn to play harder for longer periods of time, something most freshmen go through,” Floyd said.  “But we love the fact that he’s got an upside.”

Another player the Miners appear to be counting on in 2016-17 is freshman guard Deon Barrett.

“He was not as good Saturday as he was earlier this week in practice, but he seems to have learned from that experience,” Floyd said.  “What we wanted was for our players to get out in front of people, to make some mistakes, to be able to look at it on film and try to improve.”

UTEP will play two exhibition games, the second coming on Nov. 5 when they’ll entertain Alaska Fairbanks at 1 p.m.  Floyd was asked about what he’s trying to get out of the exhibitions.

“I do think that we’ve got to formulate a plan of attack that’s a little bit different from last year,” he said.  “We had intended on playing with two big guys versus four guards.  As a result, we’re in a transition period offensively.  We want to see if we can grow a little bit there.

“We are not prepared to play against zones or presses or any of those things right now because we’ve really tried to crawl and have these young guys learn something.  What we want to see in the game is if the things we have been teaching transfer into a game situation.  I think that these games are so important for the development of young players.  They’ve got to learn with their mistakes.  That’s the whole key to it and we won’t know about our freshmen until they make mistakes in an exhibition game and we go to the next game and see if they can improve.”

Sunday’s game is “Trick or Treat With the Miners.”  All kids (12 and under) get in free by wearing a costume.  After the game, they can visit trick or treat booths in the arena concourse for free candy from UTEP student-athletes.  Kids should bring their own trick or treat bags or buckets.

Exhibition ticket prices are $10 (adults) and $8 (youth).  UTEP Basketball season tickets are also on sale by calling 747-6150.

Harris’ 34 Leads Orange Past White in UTEP Scrimmage

Omega Harris scored 34 points, including eight three-pointers, to lead the Orange to a 70-61 victory over the White in UTEP Basketball’s sixth annual preseason scrimmage on Saturday afternoon.

The Orange scored 14 of the game’s first 17 points and led wire-to-wire.  White trailed 35-18 at halftime and closed the gap to five points twice in the second half, but could get no closer.

“It was really important to get out here and have some of these guys playing with the lights on and with a crowd in the stands,” UTEP coach Tim Floyd said.  “It’s always interesting to see how guys react with a crowd versus who they are in practice.  We always learn a great deal.”

Harris made 12-of-17 shots, 8-of-11 three-pointers and 2-of-2 free throws while adding five assists and four steals in 35 minutes.

Kelvin Jones, one of six freshmen making their Miner debuts, collected a double-double for the Orange with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Paul Thomas also had a double-double for the White with 16 points and 10 rebounds.  Matt Willms, making his return to the court following a long rehab from foot surgery, contributed 14 points in 28 minutes.

“I think it was very good for Matt Willms to get out there and be able to play,” Floyd said.  “It’s the first competition he has had in two years.  He has literally only practiced for seven days in two years.  I thought it was so important for him to get some reps.

“I thought Jake Flaggert, Paul Thomas and Omega Harris all played solidly.  This will help us formulate what we’re going to do at the start of the season with our lineups,” Floyd added.

Both teams hovered around the 40 percent shooting mark and Orange had a 40-34 edge on the boards.  Dominic Artis dished out eight of the Orange’s 19 assists.

“I was not overly pleased with the total effort,” Floyd said.  “I think some of it has to do with conditioning.  I think in Kelvin Jones’ case, he’s a fine young prospect right now.  I might be in better shape than he is, which is a real testament to the fact we’ve got to continue to condition every day after practice and get in better shape.  He’s a kid with a lot of talent.  We’re going to be able to play him in spurts along with Matt, which might provide us the opportunity to have a center between the two, where we had planned on playing both together a year ago.  I think the improvement of Paul Thomas is what was apparent to me.   Jake Flaggert’s improvement is very apparent to me.  And I think Omega made shots and we’ll go back and look at it from the other perspective and see how he did in other areas.”

Jake Flaggert bested Dominic Artis in the three-point shootout final, 10-9.  Freshman Tim Cameron won the dunk contest with a slam over the 6-11 Jones.

The Miners will open their 2016-17 season with an exhibition versus Southeastern Oklahoma State on Sunday, Oct. 30 at 1 p.m.  UTEP Basketball season tickets are on sale now by calling 747-6150.

Photo gallery by Andres Acosta

UTEP Basketball Adds Canadian Guard Osborne

UTEP Basketball Coach Tim Floyd announced on Thursday that Isiah Osborne has signed a financial aid agreement and will join the Miner basketball team.  Osborne is enrolled in school and eligible to practice with the Miners.

UTEP Athletics officials are in the process of determining if a waiver could be filed that would grant him immediate eligibility during the 2016-17 season.  If not, he would be eligible to play in 2017-18 provided he serves a year in residence.  He would have three years of eligibility with the Miners.

“There are currently 164 Canadians playing Division I basketball, including Matt Willms on our team,” Floyd said.  “Matt watched Isiah play over the summer and was really impressed so he recommended him to the coaching staff.  We like what we’ve seen from Isiah on film and think he can be a really good player for us.”

The 6-5, 190-pound Osborne hails from Windsor, Ontario, Canada and was the second-leading scorer on Windsor College’s 2015-16 squad, averaging 15.0 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.2 steals.  He was named the CIS (Canadian Interuniversity Sport) Rookie of the Year and helped the Lancers post a 23-12 overall record and 14-6 mark in conference play.

Windsor College reached the OUA (Ontario University Athletics) Final Four for the fourth straight year and finished first in the OUA West Division.  Osborne was also appointed the OUA Rookie of the Year.

Additionally, Osborne was a member of the Toronto 3D Global Sports Team that toured China in May and played games versus All-Star teams representing the 1st League of Lithuania, NBA D-League/NCAA of the United States, and the China National B Team.

In August, Osborne scored a game-high 35 points with seven rebounds and five steals in a preseason exhibition versus Division I Charleston Southern at the NCAA/OUA Tip-Off Classic in Windsor, Ontario.

Osborne previously played at Kennedy Collegiate secondary school in Windsor, where he was a WECSAA (Windsor and Essex County Secondary Schools Athletic Association) First Team City All-Star.  He also played at Forster High School where he led the school to its second OFSAA (Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations) basketball title in four years.

The Miners will open the season with the Orange & White Scrimmage on Oct. 22.  The exhibition opener is on Oct. 30 versus Southeastern Oklahoma State, and the regular season opener is on Nov. 12 against Louisiana College.

UTEP season tickets are on sale now by calling (915) 747-6150.

Kris Baumann Named UTEP Basketball Assistant Coach

UTEP Basketball Coach Tim Floyd announced on Monday that Kris Baumann has been hired as an assistant coach with the Miners.  Baumann comes to El Paso following four years as the head coach at Trinity Valley Community College, where he forged a 110-26 record.

“We’re excited about the addition of Kris Baumann,” Floyd said.  “He is an excellent coach and comes highly recommended by one of my former assistants, Kermit Davis, who worked with him at Idaho.  His junior college team was ranked number one in the nation the majority of last season and finished 33-2.  They have been to three consecutive national tournaments.  We think he’ll be a great fit.  He excelled at recruiting high-major caliber players to Trinity Valley Community College, and we’re confident that he’ll be able to do the same here.”

“To be able to work for coach Floyd, who is regarded as one of the most highly thought of coaches in all of college basketball, was too good of an opportunity for me to pass up,” Baumann said.  “I’ve heard nothing but great things about the history of UTEP basketball and the support in the community.  I’m excited to recruit to it and be a part of the tradition that is UTEP basketball.”

Baumann has been a head coach at the junior college level for the last 13 years, including three seasons at Lamar Community College (2001-04) and six at Garden City Community College (2006-12).  His career head coaching record is 280-146 with eight 20-win seasons.

His last three Trinity Valley CC teams have posted 29, 28 and 33 victories respectively.  Last year’s 33 wins duplicated the school standard.  The Cardinals reached the Elite Eight of the NJCAA Tournament in 2014 and 2016, and the Sweet 16 in 2015.  They were the number one team in the country for seven consecutive weeks (and the top seed in the NJCAA Tournament) in 2015-16 and earned a final ranking of no. 5 in 2014 and 2016.

In addition to reaching the NJCAA National Tournament three years running, the Cardinals were the Region XIV conference champion from 2014-16.  They were also the Region XIV tournament champion in 2016 and runner-up in 2014.

The 2016 Region XIV Coach of the Year, Baumann also coached the Region XIV Tournament MVP Josh Robinson last season.

He coached three NJCAA first team All-Americans (Dedrick Basile, Hyron Edwards and Octavius Ellis), three consecutive NJCAA Region XIV Players of the Year (Basile, Edwards and Ellis), and two NJCAA Region XIV Freshmen of the Year (Basile and Edwards).  Fourteen of his sophomores received NCAA Division I scholarships as Trinity Valley CC enjoyed a winning streak of 34 consecutive Region XIV conference games at one point of his tenure.

His record at Lamar CC was 50-45, including a 25-8 mark in 2003-04.  He was 120-75 at Garden City CC with a school-record tying 25 wins in 2008-09.

While at Lamar CC, Baumann coached NJCAA first team All-American Quinton Hosley and five players who received NCAA Division I scholarships.  He coached 15 players who earned Division I scholarships at Garden City CC.  He led Garden City to the NJCAA National Tournament for the first time in 53 years in 2009 as well as the Region VI title.  He was named the 2009 NJCAA District VI Coach of the Year and was a head coach in the NJCAA National Team All-Star Game.  Baumann coached two NJCAA All-Americans (Julian Allen and Thomas Manzano), two Jayhawk West Conference Players of the Year (Allen and Roy Bright), and the 2009 NJCAA Region VI Tournament MVP (Manzano) during his stint with the Busters.

Baumann’s junior college signees went on to play at Auburn (Archie Miaway), Charlotte (JC Washington), Cincinnati (Kareem Johnson and Octavius Ellis), East Carolina (Corey Farmer and Clarence Williams), Fresno State (Quinton Hosley), Gonzaga (Abdullahi Kuso), Iowa State (Jhaustin Thomas), Kansas State (Janerio Spurlock), LA Tech (Marcelle Davis, Lavelle Felton and Michael Wilder), Memphis (Geron Johnson), Middle Tennessee (Trevor Ottley), NM State (Supo Jegede), North Texas (Richard Thomas), Purdue (Jon Octeus), Stephen F. Austin (Leon Gilmore), Texas A&M (LaKeith Blanks), UAB (Will Campbell), UCF (Lavelle Payne) and Wyoming (Thomas Manzano), among numerous Division I schools.

He previously served as an assistant coach at Chipola Junior College, Tallahassee Community College and Garden City Community College.  The native of New Plymouth, Idaho led his high school team to a state championship in 1993 and was chosen the Idaho Gatorade Player of the Year in 1994.  He was also selected to the prestigious Nike All-American Camp and the Five-Star Orange and White All-Star Game.

He attended and played at the University of Idaho, where he became one of the top three-point shooters in school history.  Baumann was voted team captain in both his junior and senior seasons and received the prestigious Ronald White Award.

He received his bachelor’s degree in general studies from the University of Idaho and Masters of Business Administration and sports management from Columbia Southern University.

His wife’s name is Dusty.

UTEP Draws Wake Forest in Charleston Classic

The UTEP men’s basketball team has been assigned to face Wake Forest in opening round action of the Gildan Charleston Classic on Thursday, Nov. 17 in Charleston, S.C.

The Miners (19-14 last season) and the Demon Deacons (11-20) will square off at 1:30 p.m. Eastern time (11:30 a.m. Mountain) at TD Arena.  The game will be shown on ESPN3.

Other first-round matchups are defending national champion Villanova versus Western Michigan at 11:30 a.m. Eastern, Mississippi State versus UCF at 5 Eastern, and Boise State versus Charleston at 7 Eastern.

The Miners are on the same side of the bracket as Villanova and Western Michigan.  UTEP will play a total of three games in the tournament, including on Nov. 18 and Nov. 20.  The championship game is on Nov. 20 at 9:30 p.m. Eastern time (ESPN2).

UTEP and Wake Forest have met twice previously with the series tied 1-1.  The Miners beat the Demon Deacons, 90-75, in the Sun Carnival Classic Tournament on Dec. 28, 1984 in El Paso.  Wake Forest topped UTEP, 82-79, in the 76 Classic at Anaheim on Nov. 28, 2008.  The 19th-ranked Demon Deacons were led by current Indiana Pacer Jeff Teague, who scored 29 points, while Stefon Jackson tallied 31 points for the Miners.

Additional information, including travel packages, can be found on the Gildan Charleston Classic website.

Tickets for the 2016 Gildan Charleston Classic – to be held Nov. 17, 18 and 20, at TD Arena in Charleston, S.C. – are on sale now through the College of Charleston ticket office. The ninth annual Gildan Charleston Classic features an eight-team field, including Boise State, College of Charleston, Mississippi State, UCF, UTEP, defending national champion Villanova, Wake Forest and Western Michigan

From July 1 to August 1, fans can purchase an early bird all-session ticket for $90 (regularly $100). Fans also have the option to purchase a “fan pack” for $60. The fan pack allows fans to attend the three sessions their team will play in over the three-day event (six games total).

Starting August 1, all-session tickets (12 games) can be purchased for $100 each, or single-session tickets (two games) for $22 each. Tickets are available at www.CharlestonClassic.com or by calling the College of Charleston box office at (843) 953-2632.

The 2016 Gildan Charleston Classic will feature a bracket format with 12 games over three days. Each team will compete in one game per day, advancing through the bracket. The two teams that remain undefeated throughout will face off in a championship game on the final day of competition.

This will be the ninth year that Charleston has hosted the tournament. Charleston has been named the “Top U.S. City” and “Second Best City in the World” by Condé Nast Traveler 2014 Readers’ Choice Awards. In 2015 Charleston was also voted the “Top City in the U.S. and Canada” in the Travel + Leisure for the third consecutive year.

Fans can purchase travel packages that include official hotel accommodations by going tohttp://www.anthonytravel.com/Charleston or by calling 1-888-632-6951. Additional information can be found on the Charleston Classic’s official Web site at www.CharlestonClassic.com. The Gildan Charleston Classic is owned and operated by ESPN Events, a subsidiary of ESPN.

2016 Gildan Charleston Classic Bracket

UTEP Releases 2016-17 Men’s Basketball Schedule

The UTEP men’s basketball team will participate in the Gildan Charleston Classic the week before Thanksgiving and renew a long-standing rivalry with the New Mexico Lobos, highlighting a 2016-17 schedule that was announced on Wednesday.

The Miners will play a total of 18 home games, including two exhibitions, and will host four of the top-five teams from last year’s C-USA standings – UAB (Feb. 2), Middle Tennessee (Feb. 4), LA Tech (Feb. 9) and Old Dominion (March 2).

“We’re looking forward to the season,” UTEP coach Tim Floyd said.  “The Washington State series was put off a year.  They’ll be coming to El Paso next season.  For some reason we couldn’t reach an agreement on a return date.  We’re excited about starting a new series with New Mexico.  They’ll be at our place a year from now as well.  The Sun Bowl Tournament features one of the better mid-major teams in the country in Akron, as well as UC Irvine that won it last year.  We’ve always enjoyed participating in the ESPN exempt tournaments and the Charleston Classic has put together an outstanding field, including defending national champion Villanova.”

The season will get underway with the sixth annual Orange & White Scrimmage on Saturday, Oct. 22.  The Miners will take on Southeastern Oklahoma State (Oct. 30) and Alaska Fairbanks (Nov. 5) as they complete the exhibition portion of their slate.

The regular season opener is at home versus Louisiana College on Nov. 12.  The Miners will participate in an ESPN in-season event for the fifth time in six years when they take part in the Gildan Charleston Classic Nov. 17-20 in Charleston, S.C.  Joining UTEP in the field will be Boise State, College of Charleston, Mississippi State, UCF, Villanova, Wake Forest and Western Michigan.  The tournament bracket will be announced later this summer.

Following a pair of home matchups with Southeastern Louisiana (Nov. 23) and Northwestern State (Dec. 3), the Miners will play back-to-back rivalry games at New Mexico (Dec. 7) and versus NM State (Dec. 13).  The rematch with the Aggies is on Dec. 30 in Las Cruces.  The Miners and Lobos will battle for the first time since March of 2011, and for the first time in regular season play since January of 2009.  UTEP and New Mexico have met 141 times in their basketball history, while UTEP and NM State have squared off on 211 occasions.

UTEP will wrap up the pre-Christmas portion of its schedule at home versus Northern Arizona (Dec. 17) and in the WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational (Dec. 21-22), which will pit the Miners against Maryland Eastern Shore and either Akron or UC Irvine.  The latter two teams posted 26 and 28 victories respectively in 2015-16.

The Miners will tip off C-USA action on Jan. 1 at UTSA, two days after playing in Las Cruces.  UTEP will be on the road for its first three league games, including at LA Tech (Jan. 5) and Southern Miss (Jan. 7).  It marks the first time since 1981 that the Miners will play their first three conference games on the road.

The C-USA schedule looks different from past years, with UTEP playing three straight league road games Jan. 1-7 and four consecutive Feb. 16-25.  That is balanced out with a three-game homestand Jan. 12-21, and a four-game homestand Feb. 2-11.

For the second straight year, the Miners will play a home-and-home with FIU and Florida Atlantic.  UTEP will make a trek to the Sunshine State for the third consecutive season.  UTEP will also face LA Tech, Southern Miss and UTSA twice each in league action.  The Miners will meet Charlotte, Marshall, Middle Tennessee, North Texas, Old Dominion, Rice, UAB and WKU once.

The Conference USA Championships will be in Birmingham for a third straight year March 8-11.

The Miners return three starters (Dominic Artis, Omega Harris, Terry Winn) and seven letterwinners from last year’s 19-win squad.  UTEP season tickets are on sale now by calling (915) 747-6150.

2016-17 UTEP Men’s Basketball Schedule

Date……….. Opponent

Oct. 22…………….. Orange & White Scrimmage

Oct. 30…………….. Southeastern Oklahoma State (EXB)

Nov. 5…………….. Alaska Fairbanks (EXB)

Nov. 12…………….. Louisiana College

Nov. 17…………….. TBA^

Nov. 18…………….. TBA^

Nov. 20…………….. TBA^

Nov. 23…………….. Southeastern Louisiana

Dec. 3…………….. Northwestern State

Dec. 7…………….. at New Mexico

Dec. 13…………….. NM State

Dec. 17…………….. Northern Arizona

Dec. 21…………….. Maryland Eastern Shore+

Dec. 22…………….. Akron/UC Irvine+

Dec. 30…………….. at NM State

Jan. 1…………….. at UTSA*

Jan. 5…………….. at LA Tech*

Jan. 7…………….. at Southern Miss*

Jan. 12…………….. FIU*

Jan. 14…………….. Florida Atlantic*

Jan. 21…………….. UTSA*

Jan. 26…………….. at WKU*

Jan. 28…………….. at Marshall*

Feb. 2…………….. UAB*

Feb. 4…………….. Middle Tennessee*

Feb. 9…………….. LA Tech*

Feb. 11…………….. Southern Miss*

Feb. 16…………….. at North Texas*

Feb. 18…………….. at Rice*

Feb. 23…………….. at Florida Atlantic*

Feb. 25…………….. at FIU*

March 2…………….. Old Dominion*

March 4…………….. Charlotte*

March 8-11…………….. at Conference USA Championships#

 

^ Gildan Charleston Classic (Charleston, S.C.)

+ WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational (El Paso, Texas)

* Conference USA game

# Birmingham, Ala.

All times Mountain and subject to change

Miners Tab Anglin to Fill New Basketball Staff Position

J.A. Anglin has returned to the UTEP basketball staff.  Anglin, who spent the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons as Assistant Director of Basketball Operations with the Miners, has been hired to the newly created position of Director of Scouting and Player Personnel.

“I really enjoyed my first two years in El Paso,” Anglin said.  “I’m excited to be back in the Sun City and excited about the future of the UTEP basketball program.”

Anglin spent the previous three years as an assistant coach at the University of Louisiana Monroe.  He helped the Warhawks to 44 victories over the last two seasons.  Earlier this year, Anglin was one of 30 assistant coaches across the country named to the Under Armour 30-under-30 Team.  The team is composed of the nation’s brightest assistant coaches under the age of 30.

ULM advanced to the CBI Championship Series in 2015 with 24 wins, third-most in school history, and returned to the postseason with a berth in the CollegeInsider.com tournament this year.  ULM registered back-to-back seasons with 20+ wins for the first time since 1991 and for only the third time ever.

The 2015-16 squad was undefeated at home (13-0) and finished 15-5 in the Sun Belt (second place), advancing to the championship game of the league tournament for the first time in school history.

Junior Nick Coppola set a school record with 409 assists, while Majok Deng and Justin Roberson garnered first and second team All-Conference honors respectively.  Roberson was chosen the Sun Belt Conference Defensive Student-Athlete of the Year.  Three Warhawks garnered All-Conference honors over the last three years, including Tylor Ongwae in 2014 and 2015.

A Shreveport, La. native, Anglin played for two seasons at Northwestern State (2005-06, 2007-08) and two at LSU Shreveport (2008-10), where he helped the teams to a combined 91 victories and three conference titles.  Anglin was on the 2005-06 Northwestern State squad that upset third-seeded Iowa in the NCAA Tournament.

UTEP Coach Tim Floyd still plans to hire an assistant coach and Director of Basketball Operations, both of which will be announced later this summer.

UTEP’s Cameasha Turner to Receive Postgraduate Scholarship

UTEP women’s basketball standout Cameasha Turner has been named one of 14 recipients of the Jim Castañeda Postgraduate Scholarship Award, as announced by Conference USA officials on Monday.

This is the eighth year the award has been named for Dr. Castañeda, who served Rice University for 46 years as an educator, coach and Faculty Athletics Representative before he passed away in November 2008.

The conference annually awards the $4,000 Postgraduate Scholarships to graduates as selected by the C‐USA Faculty Athletics Representatives and approved by the Board of Directors.

Turner graduated in May with a perfect 4.0 GPA as a criminal justice major with a minor in psychology/legal reasoning. She became the first UTEP women’s basketball player to be named a CoSIDA Academic All‐American (second team), and was also chosen as an Academic All‐District honoree and member of the C‐USA Women’s Basketball All‐Academic Team for a second consecutive season.

On the court, Turner guided the women’s basketball team to one of the greatest campaigns in program history. She wrapped up her career with a C‐USA regular‐season crown and a deep WNIT run to go along with a school‐record 29 victories.

Turner finished her senior season as an All‐C‐USA first‐team and C‐USA All‐Defensive Team selection, averaging 13.1 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.  She was named UTEP’s 2016 Female Athlete of the Year.

The Dallas product also received the C‐USA Spirit of Service Award, volunteering with the Special Olympics, Children’s Hospital, Let’s SAAC Hunger and the UTEP Mini Basketball Clinic during the academic year. A first‐generation college graduate, Turner has aspirations of becoming a lawyer and has been accepted to Notre Dame Law School.

UTEP Men’s Basketball Summer Camps Rapidly Approaching

The 2016 edition of UTEP Men’s Basketball Summer Camps is right around the corner.  The Miner coaching staff and players will conduct a boys and girls camp in June, and an offensive skills camp in July.

The boys and girls camp is slated for June 27-30 and is open to all youth ages 7 to 17.  The camp will be held at the Don Haskins Center from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily.  The camp will teach the fundamentals of basketball through a variety of skill work, games and contests.

The first annual offensive skills camp is set for July 25-28 and is also open to boys and girls ages 7 to 17.  The camp will also take place at the Haskins Center from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. each day.  Campers will learn the latest techniques on how to improve their game in a fun and competitive environment.

Campers can bring their own lunch, or purchase lunch and/or snacks on site.  The cost is $200 per camper per camp.

Receive $50 off by signing up for both camps.  UTEP faculty and staff and military discounts are also available.

To register or for more information, call (915) 747-5142 or visit ppp.utep.edu

Miners Add to Backcourt Mix With Signing of Chris Barnes

UTEP Coach Tim Floyd announced on Thursday that Chris Barnes has signed a national letter of intent to play for the Miners.  Barnes is a 6-3, 180-pound shooting guard who played last season at Compton (Calif.) High School.  His NLI has been received and validated by UTEP Athletics compliance officials.

“We have lost some perimeter players and we are hopeful that Chris will be able to help our basketball team,” UTEP coach Tim Floyd said.  “We feel like he’s a good athlete.  Any time you have a guy with great athleticism who plays hard, you know he’s going to get better.  It remains to be seen how much he’ll play next season.  It will depend on his learning curve and adjustment period, but we don’t sign guys unless we think they can help us.  He comes from a good program at Compton High School and has a nice reputation in southern California.  We look forward to welcoming him to our program.”

Barnes averaged 12 points, five rebounds and five assists last season.  He garnered first team All-League recognition in leading Compton to a 19-11 record.  He comes from the same high school that produced two-time NBA All-Star DeMar DeRozan, who was also signed by coach Floyd at USC.

“Chris is an exceptional athlete whose best years are ahead of him,” said Compton High School coach Tony Thomas.  “UTEP has gotten a sleeper and a steal.”

Barnes was named the SoCal Prep Legends Athlete of the Week in mid-January after scoring 13 of his 17 points in the second half of a come-from-behind victory over Long Beach Millikan High School.  He played at Millikan as a junior, averaging 20 points for a 20-9 team and earning first team All-State and All-League honors.  He was a member of a state title squad at Bishop Montgomery High School (Torrance, Calif.) as a sophomore in 2014.

His AAU team was the Compton Magic.

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