Before the Miners went on a five-game win streak, some Miner fans were wondering about All Conference USA guard Souley Boum and the mid-year shooting slump that he was experiencing.

Following a five-game UTEP win streak, where Boum is averaging 24.2 points on 48% shooting, the Oakland native seems to be catching rhythm at the right time.

To no surprise, Boum was named the C-USA men’s basketball player of the week by the league offices on Monday after the squad swept both Florida schools at home. Boum had a career-best two game scoring streak, combining for 60 points against Florida Atlantic and FIU.

Ruben Ramirez (Souley Boum)
Ruben Ramirez (Souley Boum)
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He scored 28 points against FAU on an efficient 10-of-18 field goal shooting night, including five made 3-pointers. Then, he followed it up with a 32-point game (11-of-16 FG) against FIU. He was 21-of-34 from the floor over the week and 9-of-18 from beyond the arc.

In addition, Boum finished the week by playing all but two minutes combined throughout the two matchups. He added four assists, just two turnovers and two steals on defense. Speaking of his defense, Boum is normally tasked with guarding the opponent’s best or second best player in the backcourt. First year head coach Joe Golding continues to express how impressed he is with Boum’s progression on defense.

Boum and the men’s basketball team faces North Texas on Thursday, Feb. 3, with a 6 p.m. tipoff. Jon Teicher will call the action starting at 5:30 p.m. on 600 ESPN El Paso, while MinerTalk will follow the broadcast, presented by the Oscar Arrieta Agency.

 

UTEP Rebounds in Second Half to Route Florida A&M

UTEP had four players finish in double figure scoring including career high efforts from Jorell Saterfield and Jamari Sibley as the Miners improved to 4-2 on the season with a 67-53 win over Florida A&M.