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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.

Miners Down Arkansas St 74-68; Advance to WNIT 3rd Round vs TCU Thursday at Home

UTEP shot 44 percent (28-63) from the floor and controlled the glass (39-29) on the way to knocking off an outstanding Arkansas State team, 74-68, in front of energized 5,023 fans at the Don Haskins Center Monday evening.

The Miners (28-4) advance to the WNIT “Sweet 16” and will play host to TCU (18-14) at 7:05 p.m. MT Thursday. Tickets are $10 (general admission) and $4 (UTEP students), and will be on sale at 9 a.m. MT Tuesday at the University Ticket Center. Fans may also visit TicketMaster.com or call (915) 747-5234 to purchase tickets.

Meanwhile the regular-season Sun Belt Conference Champion Red Wolves conclude their campaign at 27-5 after falling to UTEP in the WNIT for the second time in three season.

Arkansas State #24 Aundrea Gamble drives to the hole vs Utep's #12 Sparkle Taylor
Arkansas State #24 Aundrea Gamble drives to the hole vs Utep’s #12 Sparkle Taylor

Sparkle Taylor (18 points, six rebounds), Jenzel Nash (16 points, three assists and two steals) and Cameasha Turner (16 points, eight boards, three steals) led the way for the Miners, but the biggest bucket of the night was courtesy of Agata Dobrowolska.

It was tied at 68 in the final minute of action before the senior sunk a turn-around jumper with 45 seconds to account for the game’s fourth and final lead change.

A-State, which was led by 21 points from Aundrea Gamble and 19 by Khadi Brown-Haywood, decided to go for a three pointer on the ensuing possession.

UTEP defended Brown-Haywood well and after securing the rebound, got a bucket from Nash on a nifty out-of-bounds play.

Dobrowolska was credited with an assist on the play. Nash got a steal on the next A-State possession, and Dobrowolska iced the game with two free throws.

“This was a tough, challenging game against Arkansas State,” UTEP head coach Keitha Adams said. “I’m proud of our team, and I’m proud of El Paso. Rebounding was the difference in the game. You cannot afford to give Arkansas State second-chance opportunities. We played hard and I’m very proud.”

Second-chance points (19-8), fast break (7-0) and bench points (28-8) all favored the Miners. UTEP also connected on 13-16 at the charity

Utep's Tamara Seda with a shot over Arkansas State #25 Dominique Oliver
Utep’s Tamara Seda with a shot over Arkansas State #25 Dominique Oliver

stripe to help offset A-State’s 47.2 percent (25-53) from the floor.

The Miners were ready to go from the opening tip, bolting out to a 19-14 lead after the first quarter. Spurred on by the crowd, UTEP extended the advantage to 12 (36-24) with four minutes left in the second quarter before the Red Wolves tallied the final six points in the frame to get within six (36-30) at the break.

A-State continued to chip away in the third quarter, eventually whittling the Orange and Blue’s advantage down to one (52-51) before Taylor’s turnaround jumper made it a three-point game.

Taylor, Turner and Starr Breedlove helped get UTEP some much-needed breathing room with a 9-2 run to start the fourth quarter. The Red Wolves didn’t flinch, though, responding with back-to-back triples to make it a two-point game (61-59) 7:03 to play. They eventually managed to even pull into the lead at 67-66 after a pair of Gamble free throws.

Breedlove misfired on the ensuing possession but Taylor crashed the offensive glass and was fouled on a putback attempt. She calmly drilled both free throws to send UTEP back ahead, and the home side did not trail from that point.

Utep's #24 Jenzel Nash with the steal against #24 Aundrea Gamble of Arkansas State late in the fourth quarter to help seal the vicitory for the Lady Miners
Utep’s #24 Jenzel Nash with the steal against #24 Aundrea Gamble of Arkansas State late in the fourth quarter to help seal the victory for the Lady Miners

The visitors forced the sixth and final tie of the tilt with a free throw by Lawson with 1:09 remaining in regulation. After a UTEP timeout, the ball was worked around the wing before it was dumped into Dobrowolska. The senior spun and scored on a beautiful turn-around jumper.

A-State’s Brown-Haywood misfired on a three-pointer on its next trip down and Breedlove came up with the rebound in traffic. The visitors fouled to give UTEP the ball out of bounds, and the Miners executed to perfection.

Nash got it into Dobrowolska, who sent it back to Nash for a wide-open lay-up to bring the roof off the Haskins Center.

Nash got a steal on the ensuing possession, and Dobrowolska iced the game with two tosses at the charity stripe.

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Utep's Chrishauna Parker #32 during starting lineups
Utep’s Chrishauna Parker #32 during starting lineups
Arkansas state #24 Aundrea Gamble
Arkansas state #24 Aundrea Gamble
UTEP #42 Tamara Seda
UTEP #42 Tamara Seda
Arkansas State Head coach Brian Boyer throws his hands up in frustration during Monday nights 2nd round Women's NIT contest vs the Lady miners
Arkansas State Head coach Brian Boyer throws his hands up in frustration during Monday nights 2nd round Women’s NIT contest vs the Lady miners
Arkansas State #24 Aundrea Gamble drives to the hole vs Utep's #12 Sparkle Taylor
Arkansas State #24 Aundrea Gamble drives to the hole vs Utep’s #12 Sparkle Taylor
Arkansas State #11 Amanda Lawson with the 3 point shot over Utep's #42 Tamara Seda
Arkansas State #11 Amanda Lawson with the 3 point shot over Utep’s #42 Tamara Seda
Utep's Starr Breedlove smiles during Monday nights 2nd round of the Women's NIT
Utep’s Starr Breedlove smiles during Monday nights 2nd round of the Women’s NIT
UTEP head coach Keitha Adams calling a play during Monday nights game vs the Red Wolves
UTEP head coach Keitha Adams calling a play during Monday nights game vs the Red Wolves
Utep's Tamara Seda with a shot over Arkansas State #25 Dominique Oliver
Utep’s Tamara Seda with a shot over Arkansas State #25 Dominique Oliver
Red wolves #24, Aundrea Gamble with the shot attempt over Utep's Cameasha Turner #2
Red wolves #24, Aundrea Gamble with the shot attempt over Utep’s Cameasha Turner #2
Utep's Cameasha Turner #2 landing on the scorers table after going for the loose ball during Monday nights contest vs Arkansas State
Utep’s Cameasha Turner #2 landing on the scorers table after going for the loose ball during Monday nights contest vs Arkansas State
UTEP #1 Starr Breedlove with the layup during a fastbreak steal vs the Red Wolves
UTEP #1 Starr Breedlove with the layup during a fastbreak steal vs the Red Wolves
Utep's Cameasha Turner #2 with the shot over Arkansas State #3 Khadi Brown-Haywood
Utep’s Cameasha Turner #2 with the shot over Arkansas State #3 Khadi Brown-Haywood
Utep's #24 Jenzel Nash with the steal late in the fourth quarter to help seal the vicitory for the Lady Miners
Utep’s #24 Jenzel Nash with the steal late in the fourth quarter to help seal the vicitory for the Lady Miners
Utep's #24 Jenzel Nash with the steal against #24 Aundrea Gamble of Arkansas State late in the fourth quarter to help seal the vicitory for the Lady Miners
Utep’s #24 Jenzel Nash with the steal against #24 Aundrea Gamble of Arkansas State late in the fourth quarter to help seal the vicitory for the Lady Miners

 

Miners set to Defend the Don against Arkansas State Tonight

Regular-season Conference USA champion UTEP (27-4) will play host to regular-season Sun Belt Conference title winner Arkansas State (27-5) in the second round of the WNIT at the Don Haskins Center at 7:05 p.m. MT Monday. The victor advances to face TCU (18-14) on a date and site to be determined in WNIT third-round play.

–  Tickets are $6 (general admission) and $4 (UTEP students), and went on sale 9 a.m. MT March 18  at the University Ticket Center. Fans may also visit TicketMaster.com or call (915) 747-5234 to purchase tickets.

–  Steve Kaplowitz and Traci Miller will have the call on 600 ESPN El Paso, KROD-AM Radio.  There will be a live stream on UTEPAthletics (subscription based). Fans may also follow @UTEPWBB on Twitter.

–  The Red Wolves drilled Southern University, 68-45, in their WNIT opener while the Miners held off Abilene Christian, 66-62, to set up the second-round match-up. UTEP and A-State played in the first round in 2014.

–  Arkansas State has set a single-season school record for wins with a record of 27-5 and has advanced to the WNIT second round for the second straight year. Its five losses have been by a combined 22 points.

–  UTEP is making its second appearance in the WNIT in program history (1-0 2016, 5-1 2014, runner-up) and fourth overall foray into postseason basketball (NCAA second round, 2008 and first round, 2012).

–  The Miners are 7-3 all time in postseason tournament action, including 6-1 in the WNIT. All seven WNIT games have been played in the Don Haskins Center, with the Miners drawing at least 4,500 fans in each tilt.

–  The Miners are 17-0 on the year in El Paso, marking the longest home winning streak in school history (prior best 14 straight). They boast a +15.0 scoring margin (75.6-60.6) in those games.

–  A-State is 12-4 on the road this year, including an 9-1 mark within SBC action. The four setbacks have been by a combined 15 points, with two of the setbacks coming against 2016 NCAA Tournament teams.

–  For the second straight game and 15th occasion in program history, both teams enter with 20+ wins. The Miners are 9-5 all time in such contests, including 6-3 in postseason play.

–  UTEP (27-4) and A-State (27-5) have a combined 54 wins between the programs, which ties as the third-most victories between the Miners and an opponent for a contest in program history.

–  UTEP was 16-2 in conference play to equal the school and league record for C-USA victories. This year’s team shares the honors with the 2008 Miners (16-0), Houston (16-0, 2011) and Western Kentucky (16-2, 2015).

–  It marked the third regular-season championship in school history (2008, 2012 and 2016).

–  The Miners have received votes in the Associated Press top-25 poll for a school-record 14 straight weeks.

–  UTEP picked up votes in the USA TODAY Sports women’s basketball coaches top-25 poll for six consecutive weeks, including being ranked #25 the week of March 1-6, before not receiving any votes on March 14.

–  This is the fourth 20+ win season in five years and sixth overall in program history (all under Keitha Adams)

Marshall Edges UTEP on Ryan Taylor Game-Winner 87-85

BIRMINGHAM, ALA. – Ryan Taylor converted a driving layup with three seconds left, sending no. 3 seed Marshall past no. 6 seed UTEP, 87-85, and into the Conference USA Tournament semifinals on Thursday night.

The game featured 13 ties and 16 lead changes, but in the end the Herd (17-15) was left standing.

Dominic Artis raced up the court in the final seconds, but couldn’t get a shot off as UTEP fell to 19-14 in the likely season finale.

“I thought we played very hard tonight,” UTEP coach Tim Floyd said.  “I thought we got the shots that we wanted for the most part.  You look at points in the paint, we had them 50-32.  We got to the line tonight, made our free throws.  We had fewer turnovers than our opponent.  We had two or three opportunities late that didn’t work out our way.  We got the ball right to the rim.”

After falling behind by five points with about six minutes left – punctuated by a technical foul on Earvin Morris that resulted in three free throws for the Herd – the Miners battled back to regain the lead, 83-81 on two foul shots by Omega Harris with 1:35 to go.  Taylor tied it on a putback off his own miss with 1:20remaining.  Terry Winn rebounded Artis’ missed layup and scored to put UTEP ahead 85-83 with 46 seconds to play.  C.J. Burks knotted it up once again on free throws with 38 seconds left.

Harris drove to the rim, but his potential go-ahead layup was swatted away by Taylor with 18 seconds on the clock.

“It was a huge play,” Floyd said.  “Taylor did a fine job.  He made a big basket there on a penetration and drive.  We assumed that it would be [James] Kelly or Taylor, and he was just able to turn the corner on us and get to the rim.  Taylor had a heck of a game.”

Taylor scored 21 points with 14 rebounds.  Kelly also had a double-double with 13 points and 11 boards. Austin Loop was a major factor for the Herd, accounting for six of their 13 three-point field goals and scoring 18 points.

“I thought we did a nice job on Kelly, who is an outstanding offensive player,” Floyd said.  “For the most part I thought we did a nice job on [Jon] Elmore.  They took 39 threes.  We knew they were going to take a lot.  Generally you can live with that percentage, 33 percent [13-for-39] from there.”

Winn scored a career-high 21 points for the Miners and added 11 rebounds for his team-leading fourth double-double.  All five starters scored in double figures as Artis chipped in with 18 points, Lee Moore 14, Harris 12 and Morris 11.

The Miners started strong and took their biggest lead of the half, six points (14-8) on two free throws by Artis with 15:00 on the clock.  Later in the period, the Herd went on a 10-2 run and surged ahead 34-31 on a jumper by Elmore with 6:21 remaining.  UTEP answered with an 11-2 spurt and matched its earlier six-point lead (42-36) on a layup by Morris with 2:46 to play.

The Miners led 42-39 at the half.  They scored the first four points of the second half to take their biggest lead of the game (46-39), but it wasn’t meant to be.

“It came down to a play,” Floyd said.  “It was two very competitive teams that played very hard, two evenly matched teams.  Give credit to Marshall.  They had a big defensive stop late and we didn’t.”

Floyd was asked about postseason opportunities for the Miners.

“We have turned down opportunities to play in the CIT, CBI, all that, we turned down Vegas, as we did three years ago,” he said.  “So I don’t know about anything else at this point.”

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Miners Finish off FIU 85-77; Will Meet Marshall Thursday in C-USA Quarterfinals

BIRMINGHAM, ALA. – Lee Moore scored a career-high 30 points, 22 in the second half, as UTEP advanced to the C-USA Championship quarterfinals with an 85-77 victory over FIU on Wednesday night at Legacy Arena.

The Miners (19-13) will face third seed Marshall (16-15) at 7:30 p.m. MT on Thursday.  The game will be televised on the American Sports Network.  UTEP beat Marshall in a wild affair, 112-108 on Feb. 4 at the Don Haskins Center.

On Thursday UTEP led by 15 points in the first half, only to see the Panthers (13-19) rally to take a three-point lead in the final five minutes before closing the game with an 18-7 run.

“FIU played like they wanted to play tomorrow.  They really competed,” UTEP coach Tim Floyd said.  “They forced it into a really interesting game at the end with their poise offensively, their ability to kill us on the offensive board, and they went back and had second-chance opportunities in both halves.  They stepped up and made big shots.”

Donte McGill scored 16 of his 24 points in the second half for FIU.  Daviyon Draper added 17 points and Adrian Diaz had a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds.

The Miners had two runs in the first half.  The first was 10-2 and extended a 13-12 lead to 23-14.  The second was 10-4 and pushed a 28-19 advantage to 38-23.  UTEP led 40-29 at the half.

The Miners had their difficulties at the free throw line to start the second half and FIU was able to hang around as a result.  The Panthers cut the lead to single digits early in the frame and, off an 18-8 run, pulled within one (56-55) with 9:49 to go.  When Diaz made two free throws with 5:01 to play, FIU had its first lead (67-65) since 3-2.

Draper’s three at the 4:19 mark allowed the Panthers to match their largest lead of three points (70-67). Dominic Artis answered with a three for the Miners to tie it.  That started a run of 10 straight points that put UTEP up 77-70 and back in charge.

Moore scored 10 points in the final 3:22.  He finished 8-for-9 from the field and 12-for-12 from the line with seven rebounds, five assists and three steals.

Earvin Morris scored 25 points, 15 in the first half, for the Miners.  Artis added 11 points, five rebounds and five assists with no turnovers for a UTEP team that only had seven giveaways.

The Miners shot 51 percent and the low turnover number was crucial on a night where they were outrebounded 43-24.

“We feel very fortunate to have gotten out with a win given that we were outrebounded by 19 boards,” Floyd said.  “I think a key stat for us was the seven turnovers.  I think Dominic played a very good floor game.  He is doing a much, much better job than the first eight or 10 games.  The guy didn’t play a year ago and he’s a terrific player.

“Our guard play was outstanding.  Earvin got off to a great first half.  We had a terrific second half from Lee Moore.  But I thought they all played great floor games offensively.  The ball moved tonight.  It didn’t stick in anybody’s hands.”

The Miners showed some moxie, recovering after losing a big lead.

“I was really proud after we got down three and we really had a chance to just cave it in there,” Floyd said. “But we got a couple of stops, a couple of run outs and a couple of nice, nice finishes.  We had 30 points off of turnovers tonight.  That’s unusual for our ballclub and probably a real key stat.”

UTEP improved to 9-2 in its first game of the Conference USA Tournament with seven straight victories, six in a row under Floyd.

Now the Miners will try to solve the high-scoring Herd on Thursday.

“We are playing a terrific player in each of their guys at each spot,” Floyd said.  “We think [Jon] Elmore is one of the great point guards in our league and certainly [James] Kelly and [Austin] Loop.  You can just go on and on.  They can just flat score the basketball and they have against everybody.”

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