• May 17, 2022
 UTEP rallies to stop UTSA 69-64 at the Haskins Center

Photo by Ruben R Ramirez – El Paso Herald Post

UTEP rallies to stop UTSA 69-64 at the Haskins Center

The UTEP Miners Men’s Basketball Team overcame an 11 point deficit at halftime to defeat the UTSA Roadrunners 69-64.

The win marks the Miners second Conference USA victory in a row and improves their record to 10-8 overall and 3-3 in conference play.

The Miners were victorious over a depleted Roadrunner team that made the trip to the Borderland with only eight players due to a variety of reasons (from injury, to players quitting and being dismissed, to COVID protocol). Still the visiting team gave the Miners all they could handle over the course of 40 minutes at the Don Haskins Center in front of over 5,000 rabid Miner fans.

By the end, those Miner fans left happy seeing their team hold on down the stretch to defeat a university that has had UTEP’s number in basketball and football over the past several years.   

Here’s what happened

  • UTEP’s starting five tonight were Souley Boum, Tydus Verhoeven, Jamari Sibley, Jorell Saterfield and Jamal Bieniemy. Despite being short handed, the Roadrunners got off to a fast start taking a 12-3 lead that included an 8-0 run within the first five minutes of the game. With a little more than seven minutes into the game UTSA were shooting 89% from the field.  

 

  • The Miners worked diligently to get back in the fight until with 6:15 left in the first half they were able to tie the game 25-25. That feat was short-lived as UTSA closed out the opening 20 minutes with a 13-2 run on UTEP to take a 38-27 lead into the locker room.

 

  • The Miners got going after a couple of possessions. They started out the half by going on a  7-0 run in under a minute. UTEP would also begin to heat up from beyond the arc to close in on the Roadrunners lead. Their persistence would finally pay off when Jorell Saterfield gave the Miners their first lead of the game at 49-48. 

 

  • The Miners went to go on and lead by as many as nine points in the second half. They were led by Jorell Saterfield who had 17 points in the second half alone, 20 points for the entire game.

 

  • With 13 seconds left Souley Boum would drive down the left hand side and hit a floater to take a 67-63 lead. The Miners would close out the game by score two more points and generating a defensive stop.

What was said

After the game, Souley Boum and Jorell Saterfield spoke with the media. They were both of the consensus that win is win and that margin of victory against a depleted team did not matter. 

The star of the second half, Saterfield said the following about his performance, “ My teammates were looking for me when I was in the right spot. In the first half everything felt so fast and in the second half everything started to slow down and that gave me the confidence to lock in.”

Head coach Joe Golding opened his press conference by addressing El Paso basketball legend Jim Forbes. He shared the two times he had the pleasure of spending time with Coach Forbes and made it a point to acknowledge how selfless he was in the conversations he had with him, talking and giving all the credit to others and never talking about himself.

“In an hour-long conversation with one of the all-time best Miner players he never talked about himself. He talked about coach Haskins, he talked about his teammates, he talked about the Olympic experience, he talked about his players at Riverside and making the final four and his teams at Andress and his players. To have a guy that is a legend in Miner history, and spend an hour with the man and he never talked about himself speaks volumes about who he is.”  

As for the game, coach Golding acknowledged UTSA’s effort despite being with limited players and said they out executed his team in the first half. As for his team, he said, “Credit to our guys in the second half for bouncing back and showing some maturity and finding a way to win a game. It wasn’t a pretty game, but I like those types of games because you find out a lot about your team.” 

What’s next

The Miners will now make the trip to the Alamo City to face off once again with UTSA in San Antonio on Sunday afternoon.

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Author: Joe Rodriguez  | Photog: Ruben R. Ramirez – El Paso Herald Post

Rodriguez is a life long El Pasoan. Joe has covered sports locally across the Borderland since 2007 for various media outlet both in El Paso and Ciudad Juarez as a personal passion as he is a professional in the world of healthcare (Physiatry). His favorite sports include soccer, auto racing, golf and horse racing.

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