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Miners to host Denver Sunday night
El Paso, TX — UTEP (9-5) and Denver (6-6) meet in the championship game of the WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational on Sunday at 7 p.m. This is the 52nd edition of the Sun Bowl tournament.
The Miners rallied from a 10-point deficit in the final five minutes to nip Western Illinois, 67-64, on Saturday night. Earlier in the evening, Denver topped Alcorn State 67-49.
UTEP is shooting for its 30th Sun Bowl Invitational title and second consecutive.
Denver posted 22 wins last season and tied for the WAC regular season title with a 16-2 mark. The Pioneers advanced to the second round of the NIT.
Denver has won six of its last eight games following an 0-4 start, including victories over Colorado State (80-70), Wyoming (64-61) and Belmont (90-62).
The Miners have a four-game winning streak, their longest since Feb. 8-22, 2012. The last time UTEP posted five consecutive victories was from Feb. 26-March 11, 2011.
UTEP leads the series 3-1, including 1-0 in El Paso. This is the second meeting between the teams in the Sun Bowl Tournament (53-42 Miner win in the 1963 title game).
Previous matchups took place during the 1963-64, 1964-65 and 1968-69 seasons. The Miners swept two meetings during the 1963-64 season, with All-American and top pick in the NBA Draft Jim Barnes scoring 37 points and securing 14 rebounds in a 62-48 win at Denver on Feb. 10, 1964. The Miners lost at Denver on Dec. 12, 1964 (56-55), and beat the Pioneers to christen the 1968-69 season in the Pan Am Center Tipoff at Las Cruces (81-63).
A UTEP player has had a double-double in every previous matchup with Denver -- Barnes twice, and Nevil Shed & Andrew White once each.
The Miners tied their season-low field goal percentage (.346) against Western Illinois on Sunday. UTEP tied its lowest field goal percentage in a win under Tim Floyd (also .346 against Tulane on Feb. 11, 2012).
The win over Western Illinois was the Miners’ first this season when the opponent shot 40 percent or better (1-4).
Against Western Illinois on Saturday, UTEP rallied from a double-digit deficit to win for the fifth time under Tim Floyd and for the first time this season. The last time the Miners won a game that they trailed by 10 points or more was against Southern Miss on Feb. 22, 2012 (trailed by as many as 16 points before prevailing 76-68 in double overtime).
John Bohannon picked up his 14th career double-double against Western Illinois and is now tied for 15th place in school history with Gary Brewster and Dave Feitl.
Julian Washburn now has 906 career points after scoring a game-high 18 on Saturday. He has scored 68 points (17 ppg) in the last four games.
Julian Washburn has led the Miners in scoring in back-to-back games for the first time since a four-game run in March of 2013.
After converting 23 free throws in a row earlier this season, C.J. Cooper has now made his last 11 including 9-for-9 last night.
UTEP has made more free throws than its opponent has attempted in four straight games, its longest streak under Tim Floyd.
The Miners have outrebounded five of their last six opponents (+7.0 margin in that stretch).
UTEP used its 10th different starting lineup in 14 games against Western Illinois on Saturday.
The win over Western Illinois was UTEP’s 50th in the Haskins Center under Tim Floyd.