This year for Rodney Terry and his staff features a long journey of firsts. And tonight will be the first opportunity to see how the Miners stack up in C-USA for the new regimes' inaugural game in the league.
With a 5-6 finish to their non-conference schedule, UTEP head coach Rodney Terry believes his young squad "overachieved" expectations and wants them to understand their worth going into conference play.
In the consolation game of the WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational on Saturday evening, the Miners (5-6) stormed through former WAC foe Wyoming, 76-65, and shot 47 percent from the floor, drastically improving their performance from Friday.
UTEP couldn't escape poor shooting for the second straight game, as Norfolk State shot 46 percent (11-for-24) from 3-point range and raced away with a 75-62 win in the opening round of the WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational.
Amid early shooting woes and being without leading scorer Evan Gilyard (18.8 points per game), the Miners played hard-nosed defense and rode out freshmen forward Efe Odigie's stellar performance—24 points and 11 rebounds, his fourth career double-double for UTEP—for their 68-56 wi…
Take one: enter the Rodney Terry era, which was filled with mostly a brand new squad, high intensity and featured a win on opening night, 90-63, over UT Permian Basin on Tuesday night in the Don Haskins Center.