It became obvious Wednesday that UTEP's basketball team's newly seen maturity is fragile. The Miners lost to Colorado State 56-53. Colorado State was a good team.
It was blue-collar vs. apprentice in solid basketball backs-and-forths until the last few minutes.
This was a game that saw 12 lead changes in the first half, and it wasn't until the final five minutes of the game that the Colorado State Rams, with a 6-0 run, took command. UTEP cut the score to -3, but it was too late.
UTEP, the Fresh -Frosh guys, had won two of three games in Hawaii just days ago, beating Clemson, losing to Kansas State and then beating Auburn. Pretty impressive.
But the season is longer than a good swing over on Hawaii. Yes, the Miners, now 6-7, are a fragile team when it comes to mature college basketball play. Colorado State was no slouch. Other opponents in upcoming Conference USA play (home and away) won't be slouches, either.
The good news: UTEP can play with good teams, and beat some of them.