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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 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 to or by calling 1-888-632-6951. Additional information can be found on the Charleston Classic’s official Web site at The Gildan Charleston Classic is owned and operated by ESPN Events, a subsidiary of ESPN.

2016 Gildan Charleston Classic Bracket

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 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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High-Scoring Miners Looking to Shore Up Defense in 2016-17

The 2015-16 UTEP men’s basketball team was one of the best in school history from an offensive standpoint.  The Miners scored 80 points in 15 games, one shy of the school record.  They set a new school standard with 223 three-point field goals.  They also recorded the fourth-most field goals in a season (896), the fifth-most assists (512) and the fifth-most points (2,554).

“All the goals going in, making all those shots … all I can say is I’m really glad you all enjoyed watching all that, but I really didn’t,” UTEP coach Tim Floyd said.  “We’re going to try to get to where we can guard and score next year.”

The Miners allowed 74.9 points per game this season, and 77.6 in conference games.  With a depleted frontcourt and no real rim protector, UTEP didn’t stand much of a chance at stopping people on a consistent basis.

“I do think just having a link on the back line would’ve changed a lot,” Floyd said.  “Just having Matt Willms back there to block a shot or change a shot … hopefully he’ll get healthy, and we’ve got another young big guy, Kelvin Jones, sitting out.”

The status of Willms, who had foot surgery in January, is one of the questions facing the Miners this offseason and into the 2016-17 campaign.

“We’re looking at September for the cast to come off,” Floyd said.  “He’ll go through two months of physical therapy.  So this will be his third summer since he’s been here without any basketball whatsoever, which is just absolutely murder on this young man.

“He wants to be out there trying to get better.  Big guys need to be in the gym working on their low post game and their skill level.  It’s really a shame, but at least we’ll have him in some form next year we hope.  Of all the basketball injuries that a guy can take on, his is the most challenging without a doubt.  We’re just going to keep our fingers crossed all summer.”

Willms would be one of 10 returning lettermen if the roster looks the same in November as it does now, making the Miners one of Conference USA’s most experienced teams.  As it stands right now, UTEP would return about 70 percent of its scoring and rebounding production next season.

UTEP will introduce at least four newcomers – sophomore swingman Josh McSwiggan who sat out this season, and freshmen Jones, Deon Barrett and Tim Cameron.  Floyd also said the Miners are hoping to land “another fine player” this spring.

“I don’t know exactly where we are going into next year just yet,” Floyd said.  “We are going to let the fellas exhale here for about three or four days.  We’ll get together and address who they were this year and who they were not, so that they can work on trying to improve their games over the course of the offseason.”

Floyd and his staff will also work to secure redshirt years for Willms – who, if granted, would be a junior in 2016-17 – and Lee Moore, who played in only a few games for his junior college team a year ago and could also have two years remaining.

“I feel like both of them are entitled to [the year back],” Floyd said.  “Certainly Matt Willms with the injury redshirt.  I think that one’s a no-brainer.”

The Miners had five players with double-figure scoring averages – Moore (15.4 ppg), Earvin Morris (13.4), Omega Harris (12.3), Dominic Artis (11.9) and Terry Winn (10.0) – this season for the first time since 1986-87.  All but Morris are slated to return in 2016-17.

A third team All-Conference USA honoree, Moore led the Miners in scoring, double-figure scoring games (27) and 20-point games (seven).

“He really had a great ability to get north south and take it to the rim and make plays,” Floyd said.  “We’ve got a lot of confidence in his three-point shot.  I think he’s just terrific, absolutely terrific.”

Artis did a fine job running the team, dishing out 170 assists, the 10th-top seasonal total in school history.  Harris shot 44 percent from three-point range, the fourth-best effort in school history and tops among sophomores.

“They both improved,” Floyd said.  “I would’ve loved to have had the frontline that we anticipated having this year with those guys.”

Winn earned a spot on the league’s All-Freshman Team and saved his best for last, putting up a season-high 21 points against Marshall in the C-USA Tournament quarterfinals.

“He redshirted [in 2014-15] and we really didn’t know what to expect, but I was really proud of him and I was proud of his emotional intelligence on the floor for the most part,” Floyd said.  “He became our best film room guy, our best guy asking questions, game planning and worrying about how we were going to guard different actions that the other team was running, which shocked me.  I didn’t see that at all a year ago.

“He was physically mature enough to play as a freshman.  I thought he played hard every single night and was our most consistent defender all year long, which is a real compliment to a freshman.  It probably would’ve been ideal for him to play with another couple of big guys.  I think he’s got a chance to improve and put up the kind of production that Vince [Hunter] put up for us a year ago, ultimately.  We might be able to get that out of him game in and game out.”

Jake Flaggert and Trey Touchet also saw extensive action this season.  Flaggert shot 41.7 percent from three-point range and led the team in charges drawn (18).  Touchet appeared in 30 games and has demonstrated that he’s a student of the game.

“He is a really conscientious young man,” Floyd said.  “He called me [after the season ended] and wanted us to pull out video of every one of his missed shots and missed free throws, so he could go back and watch film and study himself.  He is aware that now is the time that players get better, in the offseason.  He’s just a freshman.  He is going to grow and get better, but I think he served his role well.  He was a guy we could trust off the bench for Dominic Artis this year.”

The Miners played their three freshmen big guys (Brodricks Jones, Christian Romine, Paul Thomas) out of necessity this season.

“We wouldn’t have redshirted all three of them, but we probably would’ve redshirted two of them with a healthy Matt Willms and Josh McSwiggan,” Floyd said.

Thomas played in 22 games, Jones 16 and Romine 14 after his redshirt was pulled in late November.

“You saw flashes from these guys but they weren’t physically strong enough, and mature enough physically, to go in there and really bang around,” Floyd said.  “These kids will get bigger and better and I think they have futures.”

Of the incoming newcomers, only McSwiggan practiced with the team this year.  He was a member of the national team and the Under-14 national championship team in his native Great Britain.

“I don’t like him, I love him,” Floyd said.  “I think he’s going to be terrific.  Whoever beats him out better bring a sack lunch, because it’s going to be a full day’s work.  He’s a talent.  He can shoot it, he can run and jump, he’s an athlete and he can pass it.”

A native of Hobbs, N.M., Jones sat out this season.

“He’s 6-11, 245 [pounds], and he came in about 210,” Floyd said.  “He has lifted on a continual basis.  He has worked on his low post game on his own, because we can’t work with him.  I think he’s got a tremendously high ceiling.”

The Miners’ November signees, Barrett and Cameron, wrapped up their prep careers by winning championships.  Barrett’s Lancaster High School squad captured its second consecutive 5A Texas state title and Cameron’s Hargrave Military Academy claimed the post grad National Championship.

“Deon is the kind of guy that I’ve always liked having on a team, although we haven’t had one on this team since we’ve been here,” Floyd said.  “It’s really the role that I think Jacques Streeter [2011-13] should’ve played, the guy that comes off the bench with a great burst, great energy, great quickness, great speed, can rise up and make a shot and makes every pass with two hands.  He’s a little guy [5-10], but he’s the kind of guy that a player has a hard time staying between him and the basket.  He’s going to be fun for our fans.  I think they’re going to enjoy watching him.

“Tim is a 6-3 ½, 6-4 perimeter guy who is a better athlete than our perimeter guys, who I think are very, very good athletes.  But he is a guy that I’m hoping will be a shutdown stopper defensively, which we desperately need, and a guy that I think is going to dunk everything around the rim.  He shoots it well and he’s a high character kid.  I think we’ve got a keeper there as well.”

The spring signing period begins on April 13 and the Miners are looking to make another significant addition.

“We need a guy with hair on his chest,” Floyd said.  “We’ll try to find somebody with toughness.  We need somebody with length, somebody that can block a shot for us.  We need somebody that’s not afraid to throw their body in the mix.”

The 2016-17 schedule won’t be finalized until this summer.  The non-conference slate will be highlighted by a Dec. 3 matchup at long-time rival New Mexico.

The Miners will also participate in the Charleston Classic, an ESPN event in Charleston, S.C.  Joining UTEP in the tournament, slated for Nov. 17-20, will be Boise State, Charleston, Mississippi State, UCF, Villanova, Wake Forest and Western Michigan.  Villanova is a no. 2 seed in the 2016 NCAA Tournament. ​

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.”

UTEP Edges UTSA 81-74; Will face FIU on Wednesday to start C-USA Tourney

Earvin Morris scored 23 points on “Senior Day,” and UTEP shot 56.8 percent from the field in defeating UTSA, 81-74, in the regular season finale for both teams on Saturday at the Haskins Center.

The Miners (18-13, 10-8 C-USA) will enter next week’s Conference USA Championship in Birmingham coming off a victory.

The team has earned a no. 6 seed at the 2016 Conference USA Championships.  The Miners secured the no. 6 seed by beating UTSA on Saturday (81-74), with North Texas topping Charlotte later in the day (80-77).

The Miners (18-13, 10-8 C-USA) will face no. 11 seed FIU (13-18, 7-11 C-USA) on Wednesday at 8:30 p.m.Central/7:30 p.m. Mountain at Legacy Arena in Birmingham.  The game will be televised on the American Sports Network.

“I’m sure it will be somebody that has given us some problems somewhere along the way,” said UTEP coach Tim Floyd of his team’s potential opponent.  “We’ve had our challenges with the teams that are in that group.  They’ll all be problematic.  We are going to go in there with spirit and try to play, but whoever we’re playing against is going to try to do the same thing.”

On Saturday UTEP, idle for the last week, looked sluggish in the first half before shooting 69.6 percent and scoring 52 points after halftime.

“I thought we showed some improvement in the areas that we were deficient in against Charlotte [last Saturday],” Floyd said.  “Phil Johnson really had to do a number with these guys the last few days because I was sick, wasn’t here Thursday and Friday we didn’t do much.  I thought our guys defensively in screen and roll coverage and staying between their guy and the basket for the most part was better, which is a credit to our team trying to improve late in the year.  A lot of teams aren’t competing this time of the year.  They have pitched it in.”

The Miners held UTSA (5-26, 3-15 C-USA) to 39.7 percent shooting, with the Roadrunners scored 11 of their 46 second-half points from the line.

UTEP didn’t take its first lead (22-20) until 4:28 remaining in the first half, and the Miners led 29-28 at the break.

“I thought we looked like a team, for the first 25-30 minutes of the game, that hadn’t played in a week.  We were really rusty offensively,” Floyd said.  “We looked like a team that had put its emphasis on the defensive end in the first half, which we had.  We got a little better offensively in the second half.”

From the 58-second mark of the first half to the 10:35 mark of the second half, the Miners outscored UTSA 32-11. That turned a 28-24 deficit into a 56-39 lead.

UTEP’s second half field goal percentage hovered close to 80 percent until the final minutes.  The Miners finished 25-for-44 from the field and 11-for-17 (64.7 percent) from three-point land.

“I remain concerned when we shoot the percentage that we shot from the three-point line tonight, and the percentage that we shot from the floor in the second half, and we win by seven points,” Floyd said.  “It means that there are things going on with your ballclub.  We put them at the line too much.  But you can also point to us, from the standpoint that we missed a lot of free throws [20-for-40].  Maybe if we make those free throws, we’re not talking about other areas.”

One of four seniors honored before the game, Morris shot 9-for-13 from the field, 3-for-5 from outside and 2-for-4 from the line while also contributing six rebounds and two steals.

“I think Earvin is a guy whose confidence has highs and lows,” Floyd said.  “And going into the tournament, he’s the one guy that I would say ‘Boy, you’d like for him to have a good game,’ and for Earv to feel good about himself going over to the tournament.  And then you always like to have a senior have some nice moments at home.”

With all four seniors starting the game, Lee Moore (15 points), Dominic Artis (13) and Omega Harris (13) all came off the bench.  UTEP had a 48-22 advantage in bench points.

Now it’s off to Birmingham for what the Miners hope will be four games in four days.

“I still like our team,” Floyd said.  “I really believe in our team offensively.  Our challenge in getting through a tournament will be, ‘Can we come with back-to-back-to-back defensive efforts and defensive board efforts?’  Our kids will be excited.  They’re looking forward to it.”

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Miners hand LA Tech first home loss 72-65; Continue atop C-USA

RUSTON, La. – The UTEP women’s basketball team wrapped up a 25-3 run around halftime to take control of the game before holding off a furious rally in an exhilarating 72-65 win at Louisiana Tech Saturday evening.

It was a back-and-forth contest early on, with four lead changes and nine ties during the first 13 minutes of action alone. The Lady Techsters (13-12, 8-6 C-USA) led 19-17 with 7:17 to play in the second quarter before the Miners (23-2, 14-1 C-USA) started to find a rhythm at both ends of the court.

UTEP closed the half on a 13-3 push to carry a 30-22 cushion into halftime before peeling off the first 12 points of the third quarter to rip the game wide open. The margin swelled to as many as 22 (61-39) with 8:12 to play in the game before LA Tech finally made a run.

The home side put together a 24-6 run over the next 6:45 to trim the Miner advantage to four (67-63) with 40 seconds left but UTEP kept its composure on the way to securing its fifth consecutive win. It is the first home league setback on the season for LA Tech, which also slips to 190-27 all time in conference games at the historic Thomas Assembly Center.

Jenzel Nash poured in 24 points to go along with nine rebounds to lead the way but she was far from alone. Starr Breedlove (15 points, seven assists), Lawna Kennedy (10 points) andChrishauna Parker (nine points, five rebounds) also got things going to help propel the Miners to their fifth consecutive win.

UTEP also keeps atop the Conference USA standings at 14-1 in league play, with Middle Tennessee (11-2) and WKU (11-3) in second and third place, respectively.

“I thought it was a very hard-fought and spirited game,” UTEP head coach Keitha Adams said. “Both teams really competed. We have a lot of respect for LA Tech, they have a lot of talent. They made a hard, hard run at us. It’s a great win for us. I thought we played well for the majority of the game and I’m very proud of our team.”

The Miners shot a crisp 43.6 percent (24-55) from the floor while also taking care of business at the free-throw line (23-28, 82.1 percent) and winning the boards (41-35). UTEP kept LA Tech to 39.7 percent (25-63), which was helped by a readout of 24.2 percent (8-33) during the first 20 minutes of action.

Brandi Wingate tallied 21 points while also grabbing nine rebounds to lead the way for LA Tech. Reauna Cleaver, Ashley Santos and Kierra Anthony buoyed her with 12 points but no one else on the squad had more than six.

UTEP returns to the friendly confines of the Don Haskins Center to open up its final home stand of the 2015-16 season with a match-up against Old Dominion at 7:05 p.m. MT Thursday. All fans who wear pink will receive $2 admission as part of the celebration to raise awareness in the battle against breast cancer.

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Story in Many Pics: Miners Down Western Kentucky in OT 93-89

On a very special afternoon in the Sun City, surrounded by a sellout crowd and members of the NCAA Championship team from 1966, the UTEP Miners again beat a team from Kentucky (Western Kentucky) and celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the groundbreaking win. Check out Andres Acosta’s view of the game and ceremony in tonight’s Story in Many Pics.

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Miners bury UTPB 86-32, move to 8-0 on season

UTEP set a program record for field-goal percentage defense while also forcing 31 turnovers on the way to thumping Division II UTPB, 86-32, at the Don Haskins Center Monday evening. The Miners (8-0) held the Falcons (3-6) to 16.7 percent (8-48) from the floor, including 7.4 percent (2-27) in the second half, to help secure the third start of at least 8-0 to a year in program history.

The visitors relied on some hot three-point shooting to hang around early but once the Miners shored things up defensively UTPB had no answer. The Orange and Blue outscored UTPB, 65-17, over the final three quarters. The knockout blow was delivered through defense, with UTEP wrapping a 28-1 run around halftime. The effort turned a precarious three-point lead (21-18, 9:15 2Q) into a comfortable 30-point cushion (49-19, 4:14 3Q).

Despite continuing to play hard, whatever UTPB was able to accomplish the rest of the way was essentially rendered moot.

The 54-point margin of victory is the fifth largest at UTEP while the 32 points allowed tie as the 10th fewest in program annals. The Miners had no such difficulties, connected on 52.5 percent (32-61) while outscoring UTPB 65-17 over the final three quarters.

“This was a good game for us to get under our belts coming off of finals week,” UTEP head coach Keitha Adams said. “We’re going to have to come in to have a really good couple of days of practice to get ready for Long Beach State on Friday.”

UTEP featured a balanced attack on offense, with Starr Breedlove (13 points), Jenzel Nash (11 points), Anete Kirsteine (10 points) and Sparkle Taylor (10 points) all reaching double figures in scoring. Breedlove also posted game highs for both assists (four) and steals).

The Miners walloped UTPB on the boards (46-31) while holding big advantages in points in the paint (50-2), points off turnovers (27-4), fast-break points (20-0) and bench points (47-11).

It was a fairly competitive first quarter, with UTPB actually holding a 12-8 lead with 4:59 remaining in the stanza. UTEP turned up the heat on defense to spark a 13-1 run. The Falcons did well to recover, albeit momentarily, with a mini 5-0 run to get within three early in the second quarter.

But that was as close as things would get, with UTPB going scoreless the final 9:15 of the second quarter and the first four minutes of the third quarter. It was a mix of turnovers and shots simply not falling, with UTEP making sure that UTPB would not hang around.

The second Keitha Adams radio show will be held from 6-7 p.m. MST on Tuesday (Dec. 15) at Rulis’ International Kitchen (4176 North Mesa Street).

Fans are invited to the show, which will feature Coach Adams talking all things UTEP women’s basketball with Steve Kapolowitz. There will be a Happy Hour from 4-7 p.m. with the following specials: $4 street tacos, $5 single-topping pizza, $5 nacho charros, $1 off beer and $2 off glasses of wine, Keitha Adams Radio Show Special: 1/2  pound grass-fed burger, and a 16-ounce craft beer for only $10.

Author: UTEP Athletics

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

Seven UTEP Men’s Basketball games to air on American Sports Network

The American Sports Network has completed its selection of men’s basketball games for television, and the UTEP Miners will be featured seven times.

ASN will carry the Miners’ home games versus UT Arlington (Dec. 5, 6 p.m. MT), NM State (Dec. 19, 7 p.m.), Rice (Jan. 1, 7 p.m.) and North Texas (Jan. 3, 3 p.m.).  Road games at Middle Tennessee (Jan. 7, 5 p.m.), UTSA (Jan. 16, 2 p.m.) and Florida Atlantic (Feb. 13, 4 p.m.) will also be televised.

In addition, Conference USA announced on Thursday that the start time for the Miners’ home game versus LA Tech on Feb. 20 has been changed to 4 p.m.  That game will air on CBS Sports Network.

ASN will televise 65 C-USA men’s basketball games this season, and 15 C-USA women’s basketball games.  ASN will have coverage of the first three rounds of the C-USA Men’s Basketball Championship and will also carry 10 games from the C-USA Women’s Basketball Championship.

ASN is an initiative of the Sinclair Networks Group, LLC, which owns and operates, programs and provides sales services to 164 television stations in 79 markets, reaching approximately 43 million U.S. television households.

It includes FOX, ABC, CBS, MyTV, CW, NBC, Univision and Azteca affiliates. ASN, which launched in August 2014, produced 250 college events in nine sports in its first year and plans to air more than 375 events in the 2015-16 academic year.

Author: UTEP Athletics

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