UTEP escapes with 67-64 win at Florida International
MIAMI (AP) Vince Hunter had 18 points and four blocks on Saturday and Omega Harris scored the go-ahead basket with 43.3 seconds left, helping UTEP beat Florida International 67-64.
Harris scored on a putback to give UTEP (16-7, 8-3 Conference USA) a 64-63 lead. C.J. Cooper extended it to three on two free throws with 18.8 seconds left.
Dennis Mavin made 1 of 2 free throws for FIU (11-12, 4-6) with 8.1 seconds remaining before Cedrick Lang did the same a second later to push the Miners lead back to three.
FIU called timeout with 2.4 seconds left and Mavin missed an off-balance 3-point attempt from the top of the key as time expired.
UTEP led 57-47 with 8:10 left, but the Golden Panthers rallied to take their first lead at 63-62 on Mavin's driving basket with 1:23 left.
Mavin had 23 points and Daviyon Draper added 21 to lead FIU.