• May 25, 2022
 Gallery+Story: UTEP downs Florida Atlantic at the buzzer 70-68

Photo by Ruben R Ramirez – El Paso Herald Post

Gallery+Story: UTEP downs Florida Atlantic at the buzzer 70-68

El Paso, Texas- The UTEP Miners Men’s Basketball Team defeated the Florida Atlantic University Owls Thursday night at the Don Haskins Center 70-68.

The win gives the Miners their fourth consecutive win in Conference USA play. With the win, the Miners improve to 11-8 overall and 5-3 in conference play. 

Oh yeah, the winning play was a buzzer beater.

Alfred Hollins had a tip in as the clock went from one second to zero. This play put a cherry on top of one of the most exciting games that has taken place in the Don Haskins Center in a while.

“The Don woke up a little bit tonight” was what UTEP head coach Joe Golding said after the game. He was spot on.       

Here’s what happened

  • Tonight’s starting lineup for UTEP consisted of Souley Boum, Tydus Verhoeven, Jamari Sibley, Jorell Saterfield and Jamal Bieniemy. The Miners got off to a solid defensive effort allowing only three points and forcing the Owls to four turnovers in the first eight minutes of the game.

 

  • The visiting Owls would come back to produce a 13-3 and a 9-0 run to take the lead and go into the locker room at halftime with a 38-36 lead. The two point difference in the score was a logical one as the teams were pretty even statistically. The Owls shot 54% from the field while the Miners shot 62%. From beyond the 3-point arc both teams were more than efficient. The Owls shot 57% while the Miners shot 62%.

 

  • The Miners took the lead within the first minute of the second half, the two point difference in the score remained seven minutes into the second half. UTEP head coach Joe Golding established a solid nine man rotation that really became a joint effort as the Miners led by as many as five points with 11 minutes left in the game. 

 

  •  The game turned into a real back and forth with several lead changes down the stretch. Neither side would give an inch. It was appropriate that the game tied 68-68 with one minute left in the game.

 

  • The Miner had the final possession of the game with 10 seconds left. Jamal Bieniemy brought the ball up the court. He went left side and took a three-point shot with less than 3 seconds left. He missed, it was then that forward Alfred Hollins tipped the ball in at the buzzer. 

What was said

After the game, the hero of the night Alfred Hollins said the following, “Four people crashed (went for the rebound after Bieniemy put up the three-point shot), luckily I was in the right place at the right time.” Hollins added that he has had a couple of game winners in his career but none like that.

As for head coach Joe Golding, he said the following, “I thought it was a great college basketball game. We fought a ton of adversity early…and credit to our guys they continue to fight. I’m proud of them.”

Regarding the game winner, he added, “To see Alfred with a second effort play to win the game, I’m just proud of him. He’s playing really well down the stretch. He’s got a month and a half of basketball left and you like that when seniors are playing good basketball.”      

What’s next

Up next for the Miners will be another home game this upcoming weekend. The Miners will welcome the other Florida team in Conference USA as the Florida International Panthers will make their way to Borderland on Saturday night. Tipoff is scheduled for 7pm. 

For all things UTEP, click here; for our complete coverage of the Miners, click here.

Author: Joe Rodriguez  | Photog: Ruben R. Ramirez – El Paso Herald Post

Rodriguez is a life long El Pasoan. Joe has covered sports locally across the Borderland since 2007 for various media outlet both in El Paso and Ciudad Juarez as a personal passion as he is a professional in the world of healthcare (Physiatry). His favorite sports include soccer, auto racing, golf and horse racing.

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