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UTEP Set to Take On North Dakota State in the WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational Championship Friday Night December 21, 2017

UTEP Set to Take On North Dakota State in the WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational Championship Friday Night

EL PASO, Texas – The UTEP Miners (5-6) face North Dakota State (6-6) in the championship game of the WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational after both teams were victorious on Thursday at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas.

UTEP picked up its fourth consecutive victory on Thursday, Dec. 21, with a 69-56 victory over Howard University (2-12). Keith Frazier, Omega Harris and Tirus Smith led the way for the Miners, combing for 57 of their 69 points. The Miners took advantage of an early 24-7 run and never lost the lead to head into Friday’s title game. UTEP has not won the WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational since 2014.

North Dakota State vs. UNC Wilmington – Recap
North Dakota State’s Tyson Ward scored 17 points while his teammates Deng Geu and Paul Miller added 16 points each as NDSU opened the WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational with a 100-63 win over UNC Wilmington on Thursday evening.

The Bison seemed to shoot the lights out shooting 61.1 percent from the field for the game and knocking down 14-of-25 from behind the three-point arc. Nine of their three-point field goals came in the first half, giving them a 52-28 lead heading into halftime.

It was almost the opposite for UNC Wilmington as it hit just 21-of-62 shots from the floor, which includes a 6-of-23 night from the three point line. Jaylen Fornes led the Seahawks with 15 points.

UTEP vs. Howard – Recap
The Miners took an early lead and never trailed with Keith Frazier leading the way with a game-high 23 points. Frazier drained four treys and pulled down eight rebounds while Omega Harris tallied 17 points and four assists. It was a nice night for Tirus Smith as he posted a career-high 17 points.

It seemed the Miners would take the game with ease as they took a 22-4 lead in the first 10 minutes of the game. UTEP jumped to a 30-15 lead before Howard went on a run of its own to make it a 33-28 ballgame but the Miners were able to defend its lead and head into the half with a 37-30 lead.

UTEP had a 9-2 run to start the second half and held the lead by as many as 20 points before rolling past the Bison for its fourth straight win. Defense was a key factor for the Miners as they held Howard to 31 percent shooting.

UTEP opened the second half with a 9-2 run to go ahead by 14 points (46-32) and maintained a double-digit cushion the rest of the night. The Miners led by as many as 20 points in the final minutes.

Box scores
NDSU vs UNC Wilmington Basketball 12 21 17
UTEP vs Howard Basketball 12 21 17

Friday, Dec. 22
5 p.m. (MT) – Howard vs. UNC Wilmington
7 p.m. (MT) – North Dakota State vs. UTEP

In 2009, the tournament was renamed to honor former UTEP head coach and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer Don Haskins. “The Bear” coached at UTEP from 1961 to 1999, winning 719 games and making 14 postseason appearances. Haskins famously led the Miners to victory in the 1966 National Championship game over Adolph Rupp and the heavily favored Kentucky Wildcats.

The WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational is the oldest holiday basketball tournament in the nation. Tickets to the tournament can be purchased by calling 915-533-4416 or at the Don Haskins Center on game day.

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Airport Welcoming Location Moved – Join the Fun and Wish the Teams a Merry Christmas December 21, 2017

Airport Welcoming Location Moved – Join the Fun and Wish the Teams a Merry Christmas

EL PASO, Texas – The Sun Bowl Association and Hyundai are announcing the dates, times and location of arrival for the Arizona State and NC State football teams.
Both teams will be arriving on Christmas Day with ASU scheduled to land at 10 a.m. and NC State scheduled to land at 2 p.m. (MT)

Unlike previous years, the teams will be arriving at Atlantic Aviation FBO located at 1751 Shuttle Colombia Dr., El Paso, Texas 79925.

“It would be great to see the people of El Paso join us at the Atlantic FBO to greet the teams and wish them a Merry Christmas as they get here,” said Hyundai Sun Bowl Executive Director Bernie Olivas

The 84th Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl kicks off at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 29 at Sun Bowl Stadium. This year’s game features Arizona State and No. 24 NC State.

TEAM ARRIVAL SCHEDULE
Arizona State – Christmas Day at 10 a.m.
NC State – Christmas Day at 2 p.m.

Tickets for the game are available at the Sun Bowl Association office at 4150 Pinnacle St., Suite100, by phone at 915-533-4416 or on our website at sunbowl.org

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2017 WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational Set for Thursday and Friday December 19, 2017

2017 WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational Set for Thursday and Friday

EL PASO, Texas – The Sun Bowl Association is set to host the 56th Annual WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational, Thursday and Friday, Dec. 21-22 at the Don Haskins Center.

The tournament opens with UNC Wilmington (2-7) facing North Dakota State (5-5) at 5 p.m. (MT) followed by a matchup between Howard (2-10) and UTEP (3-6).

“We are excited to continue all the Sun Bowl festivities with our annual basketball tournament,” said Bernie Olivas, Executive Director of the Sun Bowl Association. “It’s always great to host teams from around the country and we hope the community continues to treat the visiting teams with the great hospitality El Paso is known for.”

UNC Wilmington heads to El Paso from the Colonial Athletic Conference and recently fell to Furman 90-84. North Dakota State took on No. 18 Arizona in Tucson and fell 83-53 on Monday night. Senior guard Paul Miller was the leading scorer for the Bison with 12 points.

Howard fell short against Jacksonville State on Monday, Dec. 18, losing 62-60. Freshman RJ Cole led all scorers with 27 points on 6-of-11 shooting from beyond the arc. The New Jersey product also racked up seven dimes and three steals in 40 minutes of action.

UTEP faces Incarnate Word on Tuesday, Dec. 19 before heading into the WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational. The Miners (3-6) are coming off back-to-back quality wins over New Mexico and Washington State, but will be at less than full strength when they come off a 10-day break between games.

The WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational is the oldest holiday basketball tournament in the nation. Tickets to the tournament can be purchased by calling 915-533-4416 or at the Don Haskins Center on game day.

Thursday, Dec. 21
5 p.m. (MT) – UNC Wilmington vs. North Dakota State
7 p.m. (MT) – Howard University vs. UTEP

Friday, Dec. 22
5 p.m. (MT) – Consolation Game
7 p.m. (MT) – Championship Game

Link for Live Stats: http://www.sidearmstats.com/utep/mbball/

In 2009, the tournament was renamed to honor former UTEP head coach and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer Don Haskins. “The Bear” coached at UTEP from 1961 to 1999, winning 719 games and making 14 postseason appearances. Haskins famously led the Miners to victory in the 1966 National Championship game over Adolph Rupp and the heavily favored Kentucky Wildcats.

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Chubb leads No. 24 NC State to 84th Hyundai Sun Bowl December 18, 2017

Chubb leads No. 24 NC State to 84th Hyundai Sun Bowl

EL PASO, Texas – For the second-consecutive year, the Hyundai Sun Bowl will feature one of the nation’s premier defensive lineman.

No. 24 NC State’s Bradley Chubb will look to help the Wolfpack conclude their successful 2017 campaign against Arizona State in the 84th Hyundai Sun Bowl, which is scheduled for a 1 p.m. (MT) kickoff Dec., 29 at Sun Bowl Stadium.

“We learned last year how much momentum you bring into the next season when you have a great bowl win,” Chubb said. “It’s important for the seniors to have that final victory and for the younger players to have that momentum heading into winter conditioning.”

The Marietta, Georgia native goes into the Hyundai Sun Bowl with an impressive 10 sacks, 73 total tackles and 26 tackles for loss. Chubb’s performance this season led NC State to the seventh-best defense in the Atlantic Coast Conference and the nation’s 28th-best rushing defense.

“I think the energy I bring really helps our defense, in practice and on game day,” Chubb said. “Obviously when I can make a stop in the backfield, it helps our defense, but it’s not an individual thing. The guys inside are giving me the ability to make those plays.”

It’s been an adventurous postseason for Chubb, who’s already attended three award ceremonies, on top of concluding his studies for the Fall semester. Chubb was named the Bronco Nagurski Award winner as the nation’s top defensive player and earned the Ted Hendricks Award as the nation’s top defensive end. He was also named the ACC’s Defensive Player of the Year.

Despite all the postseason accolades, the senior defensive end said he’s only focused on helping the Wolfpack to a Hyundai Sun Bowl victory.

“I’ve definitely had a lot going on in the last several weeks: going to three different awards ceremonies, studying and taking final exams and just spending time with my brothers for our final game together,” Chubb said. “But now that we only have the bowl game to think about, we will be able to give all of our attention to our preparation.”

One of the main areas of focus for Chubb and the rest of the NC State defense will be trying to contain the Arizona State rushing attack. The Sun Devils are ranked 50th in the country in rushing offense, which includes Demario Richard, the C.M. Hendricks MVP winner of the 81st Hyundai Sun Bowl.

“It all starts there,” Chubb said. “In our last two games, we held the opponent to less than 100 yards, so hopefully we can carry that over against a great Arizona State run game.”

Last year’s Hyundai Sun Bowl, included Stanford’s Solomon Thomas, who was named the C.M. Hendricks Most Valuable Player of the 83rd Hyundai Sun Bowl, after tallying seven tackles, two tackles for loss and a crucial sack. Thomas went on to be named a third-team All-American and was the third overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft.

Chubb appears to be on the same track, being placed as a first round pick in many mock drafts, including ESPN’s Todd McShay, who has Chubb listed as the No. 3 overall pick for the 2018 NFL Draft.

Tickets for the 84th Hyundai Sun Bowl can be purchased by calling 915-533-4416.

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20th Annual Fan Fiesta presented by El Paso Live set with The Spazmatics as the Headliner December 18, 2017

20th Annual Fan Fiesta presented by El Paso Live set with The Spazmatics as the Headliner

EL PASO, Texas – The Spazmatics, a fun and entertaining cover band out of Austin, is set to headline the 2017 Fan Fiesta presented by El Paso Live, Thursday, Dec. 28 at the Judson F. Williams Convention Center from 4-9 p.m. (MT), with a fireworks show concluding the event.

An El Paso holiday staple since 1998, the Fan Fiesta has gained a new sponsor in El Paso Live, and the sponsor helped bring The Spazmatics on board to entertain the crowd on the eve of the 84th Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl. The group is described as “a nerdy new wave dance party” that provides outstanding musicianship combined with creative flair and style making for an evening of pure energy and entertainment.

Admission to the event is free with a wide variety of activities planned for the party including: matachines dancers, mariachis, ballet folklorico and the annual ‘Battle of the Bands’ that will feature the Arizona State marching band and the NC State marching band.

“The Fan Fiesta has really become a tradition here in El Paso and we encourage everyone to head downtown to enjoy everything the downtown area has to offer,” said Executive Director of the Sun Bowl Association Bernie Olivas.

Restaurants including Forti’s Mexican Elder, Carnitas Queretaro and Delicious Burrito will be serving up signature dishes. Academy Sports’ interactive tent, along with Sports World and Hyundai Sun Bowl Apparel, are providing team gear to Arizona State and NC State fans, as well as with El Paso-themed items.

“If there is one thing El Paso is known for, it’s the amazing and delicious food,” Olivas said. “Join us down at the Judson F. Williams Convention Center for food, fun, and my favorite, fireworks!”

A kids’ area will also be set up with 18 interactive and inflatable activities. A $5 wristband is required. Military guests with a valid ID can enjoy the interactive attractions for free.

The Fan Fiesta is a way to showcase the spirit, flavor and hospitality of El Paso. Along with the various performing groups representing different artistic styles, multiple food and merchandise vendors will be on hand.

Sun Bowl Association Special Events Director Joe Daubach mentioned that the event continues to grow in popularity, and he fully expects great attendance.

2017 Hyundai Sun Bowl Fan Fiesta -Presented by El Paso Live

MAIN HALL PERFORMANCES
4:00 p.m. – 4:05 p.m. – National Anthem
4:05 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. – Performance by the City of Juarez
4:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Introduction of the Sun Court
5:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. – Performance by the City of Juarez
5:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. – House Music
6:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. - Battle of the Bands
6:45 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. – Performance by the Spazmatics

LOBBY PERFORMANCES
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. – Performance by Paso Del Norte Mariachi
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – Performance by Paso Del Norte Mariachi

PATIO PERFORMANCES
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Performance by Matachines San Patricios
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – Performance by Matachines San Patricios

FIREWORKS
9:00 pm – 9:15 pm – Christmas Fireworks Spectacular

PARADE OF UNIVERSITY BANDS
5:00 p.m. -5:45 p.m. – Both University Bands will march from the El Paso Convention Center around San Jacinto Plaza and Winter Fest back to the El Paso Convention Center.

Other Sun Bowl Fan Fiesta Entertainment
*FREE admission from 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
*FREE – Face painting for kids and adults
*FREE – Entertainment including Bands, Dance Groups, Mariachi Players and much more
*FREE – Ability to take picture with a Wild Western Group and Hyundai Sun Bowl Selfie Booth

  • $5 wristband (unlimited entries) – inflatable/interactive games for adults and children

Restaurants – There will be various restaurants represented with El Paso’s signature foods in the food court area to include Delicious Burrito, Destination El Paso and several others

Various Booths –Sun Bowl apparel, El Paso souvenirs, Academy Sports + Outdoors, El Paso Times, Simon Properties, Sport World Sporting Goods, Sun Metro and several interactive displays and many other vendors

The Sun Bowl Fan Fiesta will COMP all military children under 12 a $5 wristband. This will allow unlimited entries to all the inflatable/interactive games. You must present your Military ID at the inflatable games ticket tent to receive the wristband.

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