UTEP head coach Tim Floyd and NMSU head coach Marvin Menzies were each gracious to the other, but someone had to win the first Battle of I-10. That would be the Miners...barely. Freshman Chris Washburn sank two clutch free throws with just under six seconds left in the game to turn a 54-53 deficit into a 55-54 UTEP win. Floyd and Menzies spoke to the media after the game.