Men’s Basketball to Close Out First Texas Road Trip in El Paso
C.J. Burks is 13 points away from reaching 1,000 career points
EL PASO, Texas – Junior guard C.J. Burks will look to reach 1,000 career points when the Marshall men’s basketball team travels to El Paso, Texas to take on the UTEP Miners at the Don Haskins Center on Saturday, Feb. 3, at 9 p.m. ET.
The Herd will look to win in El Paso for the first time ever in program history. Steve Cotton will be on the call for radio.
HAVE YOU HERD
Marshall junior guard Jon Elmore scored 23 points, connected on a season high five shots from behind the arc and pulled down a career-high 13 rebounds in a 81-77 loss at UTSA. The game featured nine lead changes during the contest.
SCOUTING THE MINERS
UTEP thrives when it comes to ball security, as its 12.3 turnovers per game are fifth in the league and No. 94 in the nation.
The Miners also do well at pulling down rebounds, as its 26.67 rebounds per contest is good for sixth in the league.
WHO TO KNOW
Omega Harris and Keith Frazier lead UTEP with 11.4 points per game. Frazier averages 2.1 three-pointers per game. Evan Gilyard leads the team with a 82.1 free throw percentage in league play. Kobe Magee is the team’s main threat from behind the arc, as he is shooting 44 percent from three-point land.
Marshall will meet UTEP for the 16th contest between the two sides. The Miners lead the series, 11-4. The series dates back to the 1972-73 season when Herd legend, Mike D’Antoni was playing for Marshall. Though the Herd lost the last contest, the series has a special place for Marshall fans, as it was during this series that Austin Loop broke the school’s three-point record.
LAST TIME THEY MET
On the night Austin Loop set the career record for 3-pointers by a Marshall men’s basketball player, the 3s otherwise wouldn’t fall for the Thundering Herd.
Loop, a 6-foot-4 senior guard from South Webster, Ohio, made his 252nd career 3-pointer late in the first half of a 91-68 loss to UTEP in front of 6,781 fans at the Henderson Center on Saturday night. Loop tied the record of 251 career 3s, held for 15 years by former Herd great Tamar Slay, with his first long-range shot and broke it with 1:38 left of the first half, but Marshall made just one 3-pointer as a team otherwise.
Loop finished 2 of 5 on 3-pointers – a credit to the Miners’ defense for limiting his chances – but the rest of the Herd combined to miss 19 of 20 3-point attempts.
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