UTEP (14-11, 6-6 C-USA) hopes to push its league record over .500 when it plays at Florida Atlantic (7-18, 5-7 C-USA) on Saturday. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m. MT before a national television (American Sports Network) audience.
– UTEP has posted three consecutive C-USA victories for the first time since Jan. 29-Feb. 21, 2015 (seven in a row).
– The Miners snagged their first road win of the season at FIU (84-74) on Thursday. UTEP is 1-7 on the road in 2015-16.
– The Miners have averaged 96.3 points in their last three games.
– UTEP and Florida Atlantic are meeting for the second time this season. The Miners started the game with a 15-0 run and topped the Owls, 71-56, on Jan. 21 at the Don Haskins Center.
– UTEP is 8-10 in the Eastern time zone under coach Tim Floyd.
ABOUT FLORIDA ATLANTIC
– The Owls won for the fifth time in nine games with a 79-73 triumph over UTSA on Thursday in Boca Raton. Florida Atlantic opened the season 2-14.
– The Owls are 5-3 at home this season, including 4-1 in league play with wins over the Roadrunners, Southern Miss (58-51), LA Tech (63-61) and Charlotte (82-77), and a loss to Old Dominion (78-66).
– Junior guard Adonis Filer leads FAU, averaging 10.0 points per game. The Clemson transfer is also averaging 4.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.0 steals while shooting 38.1 from the field and 74.3 percent from the line.
– Sophomore center Ronald Delph is the team leader in rebounding (6.4 rpg) and blocks (2.1 bpg).
– Florida Atlantic has one of the top freshmen in C-USA in forward Jeantal Cylla, who is averaging a team-leading 12.8 ppg in league play with a .437 field goal percentage and .396 three-point percentage. Cylla put a season-high 25 points on the board versus UTEP on Jan. 21 and has scored in double figures in four of six games since. He tallied a game-high 24 points and 12 rebounds versus UTSA on Thursday.
– Florida Atlantic is third in C-USA in free throw percentage (.713) with junior guard Marquan Botley leading the way at 84 percent.
– The Miners are 2-1 all-time versus Florida At- lantic.
– The Owls posted a 71-69 victory at the Haskins Center on Feb. 13, 2014 when Marquan Botley banked in a three-pointer at the buzzer. The Miners evened up the ledger by winning at Florida Atlantic, 63-56, on Feb. 5, 2015. UTEP won the first meeting between the schools this season, 71-56, at the Haskins Center on Jan. 21.
THE LAST MEETING
– Omega Harris scored 11 of his 19 points in the first six and a half minutes, and UTEP opened the game with a 15-0 run en route to cruising past Florida Atlantic, 71-56, on Jan. 21 at the Don Haskins Center.
– Harris made 5-of-8 shots, 3-of-4 three pointers and all six of his free throws in an efficient offensive performance. Hooper Vint matched him with 19 points, scoring 12 in the second half. He was 7-for-12 from the floor and 5-for-5 from the charity stripe. The Miners shot 50 percent as a team and 77.3 percent (17-for-22) from the line.
– They were equally adept on the defensive end of the floor, holding the Owls to 37.5 percent shooting while outrebounding a C-USA opponent for the first time this season (34-32).
– The Miners pushed out to a 20-point lead at halftime (40-20). When the Owls pulled within nine (46-37) five and a half minutes into the sec- ond half, UTEP didn’t flinch, putting the game out of reach with a 21-2 run.
– Jeantal Cylla led the Owls with 19 of his 25 points coming in the second half.
UTEP 84, FIU 74
– 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.
– 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.
– The Panthers’ Adrian 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.
– Earvin Morris scored 12 of his 15 points in the second half for the Miners. Terry Winn collected 11 points, eight rebounds and three steals. Tevin Caldwell chipped in with eight points and six boards.
UTEP IN THE C-USA STATS
(Through games of Feb. 11)
Category Stat Rank
Assists 15.6 apg 3
Assist/turnover ratio 1.2 5
Blocked shots 3.5 bpg 7
Field goal % .453 7
Field goal % defense .414 5
Free throw % .666 10
Rebounding margin -2.9 rpg 10
Scoring defense 73.4 ppg 7
Scoring margin +3.1 ppg 5
Scoring offense 76.6 ppg 6
Steals 5.9 spg 8
3-point field goal % .350 6
3-point field goal % defense .336 6
3-point field goal/game 6.6 9
Turnover margin +2.1 2
Individual Category Stat Rank*
D. Artis Assists 5.0 apg 4
D. Artis Assist/turnover ratio 2.3 3
D. Artis Steals 1.4 spg 8
L. Moore Assists 3.3 apg 11
L. Moore Assist/turnover ratio 1.6 10
L. Moore Steals 1.4 spg t9
H. Vint Blocks 1.1 bpg 9
H. Vint Field goal % .533 10
* Top-15 in C-USA only
WHEW! MINERS GET A ROAD WIN
– UTEP snapped a 10-game road losing streak that dated back to last season with an 84-74 triumph at FIU on Thursday.
– The Miners led by as many as 21 points in a road game for the first time since Feb. 28, 2015 at Southern Miss (24).
– UTEP has had leads of at least 15 points in three of its last four games, including 15 at UTSA (Jan. 16) and 15 at Southern Miss (Jan. 28).
– The Miners’ 84 points at FIU were their most in a road game since Jan. 2, 2015 at North Texas (85). It was the fourth-most points scored by UTEP in a regulation C-USA road game.
– UTEP’s 11 three-pointers at FIU were its most in a road game since Feb. 23, 2011 (11). Its .563 field goal percentage was its best in a road game since Feb. 20, 2014 at Tulane (.563).
– The Miners went to the line 30+ times (30) in a road game Thursday for the first time since Feb. 7, 2015 at FIU (32).
MINERS ARE STREAKING
– UTEP has a three-game winning streak for the first time since Dec. 22-Jan. 3.
– Over the last three games, the Miners have averaged 96.3 points while shooting 50.8 percent (97-for-191) from the field, 46.6 percent (27-for-58) from three-point range and 68.7 percent (68-for-99) from the line.
– The Miners have attempted 30+ free throws in three consecutive games for the second time under coach Tim Floyd and the first time since Dec. 15-20, 2010 (Louisiana-Monroe, Texas Tech, Stephen F. Austin).
– UTEP has scored 289 points over the last three games, an average of 96.3 per contest.
– It’s the most points for the Miners in a three-game stretch since Dec. 19-23, 2006 (297).
– UTEP is averaging 76.6 points per game, its top scoring offense since 2007-08 (76.6 ppg).
– UTEP has scored 80+ points 10 times this season. It’s the most 80-point games for the Miners since 2009-10 (12).
– UTEP scored 100 points in a game for the first time since Feb. 13, 2010 versus Marshall Feb. 4.
– UTEP has rallied from double-digit deficits to win 10 times under coach Tim Floyd. Three of the victories have occurred this season. The Miners were down 17 to Colorado State (99-90 double overtime win), 14 to Marshall (112-108 victory) and 19 to WKU (93-89 overtime triumph).
– The 19-point deficit versus WKU was the largest overcome by the Miners during the Floyd era.
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE BEST KIND
– The Miners have been very good in close games this season. UTEP is 4-1 in contests decided by five points or fewer.
– UTEP beat Southern Illinois (71-66), Rice (61-60), Marshall (112-108) and WKU (93-89), and lost to UTSA (71-67).
– UTEP has also posted two overtime victories in a season (Colorado State and WKU) for the first time since 2011-12 when it knocked off SMU, Tulane, Southern Miss and Houston in extras while tying the school record with five overtime affairs.
TWO 30-POINT SCORERS
– On the Marshall-WKU homestand Feb. 4-6, UTEP had a 30-point scorer in consecutive games for the first time in seven years.
– Dominic Artis tallied a career-high 33 points against Marshall. Earvin Morris followed up with a personal best 32 points versus WKU.
– The last time UTEP had a 30-point scorer in back-to-back games was March of 2009 when Stefon Jackson did so in three consecutive contests (30 versus UAB and Southern Miss, 38 against Houston).
– Prior to the Marshall game, UTEP hadn’t had a player score 30 in a contest since the 2010-11 campaign. The last time the Miners had two different players score 30 points in a game in the same season was 2008-09 when Jackson and Randy Culpepper achieved the feat.
– UTEP had two 20-point scorers in the FIU game (Omega Harris and Lee Moore) for the fourth time this season and for the third straight game. This also happened versus Colorado State (Moore and Earvin Morris), Marshall (Dominic Artis and Morris) and WKU (Moore and Morris).
– The Miners have had a 20-point scorer in five of the last six games. During that stretch Lee Moore has had three 20-point games, Dominic Artis and Earvin Morris have had two each, and Omega Harris has had one.
– UTEP has shot 50 percent or better from the field in three of its last four games, something it did once in the previous nine contests.
– In their last seven C-USA games, the Miners have scored 121 points off turnovers (17.3 avg.). In their first five league contests they scored 41 (8.2 avg.).
– The Miners’ rebound margin over the last seven contests is -0.6, compared to -8.0 in the first five C-USA outings.
– The Miners have used 13 different starting lineup combinations this season and have started 11 different players.
– UTEP’s top six scorers account for 85.9 percent (1,645-of-1,914) of the team’s total points. They have accounted for 90 percent of the points (829-of-921) in C-USA play.
– A Miner player has had a double-double in eight of the last 14 games (including Dominic Artis and Hooper Vint three times each), something that happened just once in the first 11 contests.
– UTEP has won 21 straight games dating back to the 2013-14 season when shooting 30+ foul shots.
NOTING THE BACKCOURT
– Four UTEP guards have had a 20-point game this season. Lee Moore tops the squad with four 20-point games. Dominic Artis and Earvin Morris have had three, and Omega Harris has had two.
– Lee Moore is first on the team in scoring (14.6 ppg), double figure scoring games (20) and number of games leading the team in scoring (11).
– Lee Moore has scored at least 18 points in five of the last six games.
– After shooting 36.1 percent (13-for-36) from the field in the Miners’ first four C-USA games, Lee Moore has made 40-of-75 shots (.533) in the last eight league contests.
– Lee Moore is the first Miner guard with 100+ free throw attempts in a season (144) since Michael Perez in 2011-12 (109).
– The 144 free throw attempts are the most by a UTEP guard since the 2010-11 season when Randy Culpepper had 203 attempts.
– Lee Moore has attempted 10 or more foul shots in six games.
– Lee Moore picked up his first career double-double (23 points/11 rebounds) against WKU on Feb. 6. He is one of four Miners with a double-double in 2015-16.
– Lee Moore made a season-high four three-point field goals at FIU on Thursday.
– Omega Harris is shooting 50 percent (23-for-46) from beyond the arc in C-USA play, second-best in the league.
– Over the last eight games, Omega Harris has made 18-of-29 three-pointers (.621).
– Omega Harris matched his career-high by making five three-pointers at FIU on Thursday.
– Omega Harris’ 20 points at FIU were his most versus a C-USA opponent.
– Omega Harris has made a three pointer in 12 consecutive games, a career-long streak. It’s the longest streak by a UTEP player since Jacques Streeter during the 2012-13 campaign (14 in a row).
– Omega Harris’ .486 three-point field goal percentage would be a school record. The current standard is 45.9 percent by Roy Smallwood in 1999-00.
– In the NM State game on Dec. 19, Omega Harris became the sixth player to score 20+ points off the bench in a game since Tim Floyd became head coach of the Miners. The others: John Bohannon versus SMU on Jan. 14, 2012 (20 points), versus Oregon on Dec. 19, 2012 (21 points) & at East Carolina on Jan. 26, 2013 (23 points); C.J. Cooper versus Southern Miss on March 15, 2013 (20 points); Randy Culpepper versus Michigan on Nov. 27, 2010 (24 points); Vince Hunter versus NM State on Nov. 22, 2014 (23 points) & UAB on Jan. 29, 2015 (22 points); and Earvin Morris at North Texas on Jan. 2, 2015 (22 points).
– Oregon transfer Dominic Artis has posted career-highs in points (33 versus Marshall), assists (10 at FIU) and rebounds (12 versus Sam Houston State) this season.
– With 10 assists on Thursday at FIU, Dominic Artis had the first double-digit game by a UTEP player since Jacques Streeter dished out 12 versus Houston on March 14, 2013.
– Against UTRGV on Dec. 29, Dominic Artis became the seventh Miner to hit seven three-pointers in a game, joining Miguel Ayala, Randy Culpepper, Omar Duran, Antoine Gillespie, Mark Ingles and Jarvis Mullahon.
– Dominic Artis has compiled seven games with eight or more rebounds and three with 10 or more.
– Dominic Artis tops all UTEP guards with eight games leading the team in rebounding.
– Dominic Artis has led the Miners in points, rebounds, assists and steals twice this season (at NM State, at LA Tech), the only player to achieve the feat in 2015-16.
– Dominic Artis has come close to posting a triple-double three times this season. Jason Williams is the lone Miner to record a triple-double after tallying 17 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists versus Lipscomb in the NIT on March 14, 2006. Artis had 16 points, nine rebounds and eight assists in the opener versus Loyola. He had 21 points, eight rebounds and eight assists against UTRGV. He had 23 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists at LA Tech.
– Dominic Artis has dished out 126 assists this season. The distribution by player: Hooper Vint (27), Lee Moore and Earvin Morris (22), Terry Winn (20), Omega Harris (14), Jake Flaggert (six), Tevin Caldwell (five), Paul Thomas (three), Brodricks Jones, Christian Romine & Trey Touchet (two) and Matt Willms (one).
– With Dominic Artis and Lee Moore, UTEP is on pace to have two players with 100 assists for the first time since 2010-11 when Randy Culpepper, Christian Polk and Julyan Stone all achieved the feat.
– Earvin Morris has made 52-of-106 shots (.491) over the last nine games, scoring in double figures eight times during that span. In the previous eight contests he shot 21-for-65 (.323).
– Earvin Morris duplicated the best shooting performance of his UTEP career at FIU on Thursday (6-for-9, 66.7 percent). He also made 6-of-9 shots against Xavier on Nov. 28, 2014.
– Earvin Morris has attempted 100 free throws this season, three more than he did in 33 games a year ago. UTEP has three players with 100+ free attempts (Morris, Lee Moore,Terry Winn) and Dominic Artis has 81 attempts. The last time four Miners shot 100 free throws in a season was 2008-09 (Randy Culpepper, Stefon Jackson, Arnett Moultrie, Julyan Stone).
– Jake Flaggert has a team-high 16 charges drawn in 24 games.
NOTING THE FRONTCOURT
– Hooper Vint has scored in double figures 13 times in 2015-16. Entering the season, Vint had one double-figure scoring game in his career.
– After scoring in double figures in five consecutive games from Jan. 3-21, Hooper Vint has gone six straight games scoring in single digits for the first time this season.
– Hooper Vint is sixth in C-USA in blocked shots (1.4 avg.) for league games only.
– Hooper Vint blocked a career-high six shots at UAB, most by a UTEP player since John Bohannon had seven at Middle Tennessee on Jan. 16, 2014.
– Hooper Vint is the sixth Miner player to block six shots in a game (George Banks, John Bohannon, Wayne Campbell, Brian Stewart, David Van Dyke).
– Terry Winn has attempted 112 foul shots (second on the team) in just 21.9 minutes per game.
– Terry Winn has made 19-of-30 shots (63.3 percent) over the last four games. He has scored in double figures in four consecutive games for the first time as a Miner.
– Terry Winn has had five games with eight or more rebounds in C-USA play.
– Terry Winn’s 13 rebounds at Middle Tennessee were the most by a Miner player this season.
– Terry Winn has posted a career-best three steals in each of the last two games.
– Tevin Caldwell shot 3-for-8 from the field in the season opener against Loyola. In 21 games since, Caldwell has connected on 20-of-28 shots (71.4 percent).
– Freshman guard/forward Josh McSwiggan is ineligible this season.
– Junior center Matt Willms is out for the season with a foot injury and had surgery earlier this month.
UTEP CAREER GAMES PLAYED/ STARTED
Player Games Starts
Hooper Vint 93 21
Matt Willms 63 34
Earvin Morris 57 26
Jake Flaggert 54 4
Tevin Caldwell 52 4
Omega Harris 49 32
Dominic Artis 25 23
Lee Moore 25 23
Terry Winn 25 19
Trey Touchet 22 2
Paul Thomas 20 4
Brodricks Jones 15 0
Christian Romine 13 0
Victor Mbachu 11 0
Ivan Venegas 8 0
– The Miners have 10 newcomers on their 2015-16 roster, if you count Terry Winn who redshirted as a freshman (2014-15) after appearing in only one game.
– UTEP is tied with WKU for having the most newcomers in Conference USA. Southern Miss has eight, while Florida Atlantic, Marshall and UTSA have seven each.
– The Miners’ eight freshmen are the most in C-USA. Rice has six, while Marshall, North Texas and WKU have five apiece.
Most Newcomers / NCAA Division I
Portland State 11
Tennessee State 11
Arkansas-Little Rock 10
Kansas State 10
Western Kentucky 10
Eastern Illinois 9
Jacksonville State 9
St. John’s 9
Southern Illinois 9
Utah Valley 9
YEAR SIX UNDER FLOYD
– Tim Floyd is in his sixth season on the UTEP bench with a career record of 445-254, including 117-74 with the Miners.
– Floyd ranks second in school history in victories behind the legendary Don Haskins (719) and has also coached the second-most games of any UTEP coach (191).
– Floyd has enjoyed 20 winning seasons in 22 years as a collegiate head coach. His teams have made eight NCAA Tournament appearanc- es and five trips to the NIT.
– Floyd previously was the head coach at Idaho (1986-88), New Orleans (1988-94), Iowa State (1994-98) and USC (2005-09). He was also head coach of the Chicago Bulls (1998-2002) and the New Orleans Hornets (2003-04) in the NBA.
– Floyd has three former Division I head coach- es on his staff in Phil Johnson (San Jose State), Bob Cantu (USC) and Bobby Braswell (Cal State Northridge).
DEFENSE UNDER FLOYD
– UTEP has allowed less than 70 points 129 times under Tim Floyd (in 191 games), less than 60 points 72 times and less than 50 points on 17 occasions.
– The Miners have held 80 teams under 40 per- cent shooting, posting a 69-11 record.
– During the Tim Floyd era, opponents have scored 12,223 points (64.0 avg.) while making 4,332-of-10,631 shots (.407) and 1,169-of-3,626 three pointers (.322).
PRAISE FOR UTEP COACHES
– UTEP’s Tim Floyd earned a no. 19 ranking among “Top 25 X’s & O’s Head Coaches,” and Bob Cantu was named the no. 24 assistant coach in the country by CoachStat.net on Nov. 24.
– The website does a comprehensive ranking of men’s college basketball coaches (at all levels) in a variety of categories, utilizing both a national voting panel and analytical data.
CELEBRATING A CHAMPIONSHIP
– On March 19, 1966, UTEP (then known as Texas Western College) defeated top-ranked Kentucky, 72-65, to capture the national championship in College Park, Md.
– The game changed college basketball as the legendary Don Haskins became the first coach to start five African-American players in the title game. Kentucky started an all-white lineup.
– This year, UTEP celebrates the 50th anniversary of its historic 1966 national championship which, to this day, remains the only one won by a Division I men’s basketball team in the state of Texas.
– The 1965-66 Miners finished 28-1 and were the subject of the 2006 motion picture “Glory Road.”
– The ‘66 champs returned to campus for the WKU game on Feb. 6. For more on the team, and the historic reunion, visit gloryroad.utep.edu.
– The Miners will return to El Paso to host Southern Miss (Feb. 18, 7:05 p.m.) and LA Tech (Feb. 20, 4 p.m.) next week.