North Texas 74 – UTEP 65: Mean Green Sweep Miners with Win in Final Minutes
UTEP's performance on Saturday was far better than their 63-33 killing on Friday, but the Miners fell in the final four minutes to North Texas, 74-65.
The Mean Green earned the series sweep despite the Miners leading for 25:10. There were 12 lead changes in the back-and-forth game, including seven times the game was tied.
Five North Texas players scored in double-digits, led by Javion Hamlet (13 points, five assists). They shot 53% from the floor and an exceptional 50% from 3-point range (8-of-16).
There were three UTEP players that scored in double-figures, including Bryson Williams (17 points, 7-of-16 FG), Christian Agnew (15 points, 5-of-8 FG) and Souley Boum (14 points, 2-of-11 FG).
UTEP is now undergoing a three-game losing streak and have lost four straight against North Texas.
The first half was controlled primarily by a UTEP lead, as the Miners started far differently than their sluggish start on Friday. The Miners were able to control the first half lead for over 17 minutes.
After North Texas scored the first bucket of the game, UTEP went on an 11-0 run to start the game through the first five minutes. The Mean Green bounced right back with a 6-0 run of their own, cutting the UTEP lead to 15-14. They briefly overtook UTEP's momentum away at the 9:37 mark with a 16-15 lead.
The Miners returned the favor by going on a 6-0 run of their own to take a 29-21 lead, primarily due to Christian Agnew's 13 points off the bench.
The Mean Green held UTEP without a field goal for the last five minutes of the opening half, cutting the Miner lead to 31-30 by halftime. UTEP shot 44% from the floor (12-of-27) in the opening half, while North Texas shot 57% (12-for-21) with six turnovers.
Coming out of the half, UTEP went on a quick 5-0 run, which was quickly matched by North Texas' run. The Miners underwent various scoring droughts in the second half, including a 5:28 minute stretch where they didn't make a field goal.
Both teams went on various runs in the second half, including a 6-0 run sparked by Boum in the second half, followed up by a UNT 6-0 run at the 11:06 mark to lead 44-43.
After Williams helped tie the contest(59-59) with 3:23 left in the game, North Texas finished UTEP on a 15-6 run to close out the contest with the 74-65 win.
Up next: UTEP (6-6, 2-4 C-USA) will host LA Tech (10-4, 3-2 C-USA) next weekend in the team's second home league series. Tipoff for Friday's game is set for 7 p.m. MT.