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Miners Stun FIU 84-74; Snag First Road Win of Season, Continue 3 Game Win Streak

Omega Harris and Lee Moore combined for 40 points and nine three-point field goals, as UTEP shot 11-for-19 from beyond the arc in securing its first road victory of the season, 84-74 at FIU on Thursday night.

The Miners (14-11, 6-6 C-USA) have reeled off three straight Conference USA victories for the first time this season to get back to the .500 mark in league play.  UTEP also avenged a 79-69 loss to FIU (11-14, 5-7 C-USA) at the Don Haskins Center on Jan. 23.

“It’s nice to finally get a road win, and particularly against a team that had beaten us at home,” UTEP coach Tim Floyd said. “We’d like to think that maybe we’re getting a little better.”

Harris and Moore both scored 20 points.  Harris finished 5-for-7 from outside and Moore was 4-for-5.

The Miners rode sizzling shooting to a 45-37 lead at the half.  UTEP made 9-of-12 three-pointers in the first 20 minutes as Harris and Moore were both 4-for-5 from beyond the arc.  Harris made three triples in the first 10 minutes in staking the Miners to a 15-14 lead.  Then it was Moore’s turn to get hot.  He hit threes on three consecutive possessions to turn a 23-22 deficit into a 31-28 lead.

The Miners closed the period with a 10-3 run as FIU missed four straight shots before Daviyon Draper cut an 11-point deficit down to eight by making a three right before the first-half buzzer.

The Panthers clawed back in it early in the second half, but a 12-0 run extended a 59-54 UTEP lead to 71-54.  The Miners led by as many as 21 points in the second half.  FIU ended the game with a 10-2 run long after it had been decided.

The Miners shot a season-best 56.3 percent from the field.

“We shot the ball really well from the three-point line tonight,” Floyd said.  “We got a really nice effort from Tevin Caldwell off the bench in terms of his rebounding and defending.  We did a much better job on their two big guys, who I think are as good as any two bigs in the league, in [Adrian] Diaz and Draper.  We were much improved in that area.”

Diaz scored 12 points with seven rebounds, and had a horrible night at the line (4-for-12) for an FIU team that finished 15-for-32 at the charity stripe.  Draper also scored 12 points on 5-for-14 shooting.  He was 1-for-5 with three points in the second half.

Elmo Stephen led FIU with 18 points in a reserve role, and Donte McGill scored 16.

The Miners received significant contributions from several players.

“I love the fact that Dominic Artis had 10 assists,” Floyd said.  “I thought Lee Moore and Omega [Harris] both played with more poise than they have played with to this point on the road.  We got really solid minutes from [Jake] Flaggert and Brodricks Jones off the bench, which was encouraging.  Terry Winn did a great job, I thought, all night long on Diaz.”

Earvin Morris scored 12 of his 15 points in the second half.  Winn collected 11 points, eight rebounds and three steals. Caldwell chipped in with eight points and six boards.

The Panthers outrebounded the Miners 33-29 and scored 15 second-chance points.

“We gave up too many second chance points.  It has been an issue for us all year long,” Floyd said.  “Although we can almost live with the rebounding differential in this game.  That has been an area of great deficit for us on the road.  I think we’re -7 or -8 in league games on the road.  So against those two big guys, it’s probably somewhat acceptable for this group that we’ve got.”

The Miners have averaged 96.3 points in their last three games.

UTEP will conclude its stay in the Sunshine State on Saturday when it plays at Florida Atlantic at 4 p.m. MT.  The game will be nationally televised on the American Sports Network and on KFOX-TV in El Paso.

“We seem to be playing with a lot of offensive confidence right now,” Floyd said.  “That’s a great thing.  We’ll hope that we can carry this over into our next ballgame.”

UTEP Dominiates FIU at The Don 70-52

UTEP controlled the boards (49-29) and forced 27 turnovers to help propel it to a 70-52 victory against visiting FIU on “National Girls and Women in Sports Day” at the Don Haskins Center Thursday evening.

The effort keeps the Miners (20-2, 11-1 C-USA) atop the Conference USA leaderboard and undefeated at home (13-0, second-longest win home win streak in school history) while the Panthers slip to 3-20, 1-11 C-USA, respectively. Additionally for the third time in the past four years and sixth occasion overall in program history (all under head coach Keitha Adams), UTEP has reached the 20-win plateau.

“This is a good win,” Adams said. “I feel really good about tonight that we dominated the glass and had some good steals that got us in the transition game. We need that. We played our entire team and managed our minutes. We didn’t shoot the ball very well tonight but getting offensive rebounds and extra possessions helped us.”

All 14 players who dressed saw action for the Orange and Blue, who never trailed in the contest. Jenzel Nash (13 points), Cameasha Turner (11 points) and Lawna Kennedy (11 points) all reached double figures in scoring to lead the way but there were plenty of other scoring options.

Nine other Miners tallied at least one point in the game. It was a similar story with the effort on the glass, with every player securing at least one board. Chrishauna Parker pulled down a team-high nine offensive rebounds, including seven of UTEP’s season-high 24 offensive caroms. Daeshianna McCants and Nash buoyed Parker with six boards.

Starr Breedlove and Nash shared the team lead for assists (four). Nash also created havoc on defense with five steals.

FIU was paced by 13 points from Taylor Shade while Janka Hegedus (11 points) and Destini Feagin (10 points) also reached double figures in scoring. The Panthers shot 40.4 percent (19-47) from the floor, compared to UTEP’s 36.9 percent (24-65) but the Orange and Blue compensated thanks to the dominance on the glass and the turnovers forced.

The Miners enjoyed advantages for points in the paint (36-16), points off turnovers (27-16), second-chance points (14-2), fast-break points (16-6) and bench scoring (24-7).

UTEP jumped out to an 11-4 advantage six minutes into the game but the feisty FIU squad did well to battle back to get within four (15-11) at the end of the quarter. The Miners found another gear in the second frame, outscoring the visitors, 20-8, to secure a commanding 35-19 advantage heading into halftime.

UTEP put things on cruise control in the second half, with Adams skillfully spreading the wealth with playing time. The advantage swelled to as many as 23 (68-45) with 2:37 to play in the tilt, before FIU scored seven of the final nine points down the stretch.

The Miners will have a quick turnaround, with high-flying Florida Atlantic invading El Paso for a 2:05 p.m. matinee tip Saturday. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for kids, but there is a buy-one, get-one free special in place.

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