This was a game neither one of the two teams, or probably any decent team in NCAA Division 1, would win if this was mid-January or later in the basketball season.
But here's why it was such a great win for UTEP vs. archrival New Mexico State University, 73-69.
What a fumblebum last 10 minutes! Young Miners did not carry maturity throughout the game. That is understandable. Older, more-tested NMSU made stupid mental mistakes, which is only somewhat understandable since those Aggies have been building a reputation as an undisciplined, albeit darn good playground go-at-em team.
UTEP led by 17 points early! It was not a holy smokes 17 points. This happens in basketball, and when it's the underdog, such were the Miners, it's not a comfortable lead.
NMSU came back to cut the lead. And then the older, bigger Aggies would take a 5-point lead, and any team like this, with some discipline instead of "playground" would have pulled away from the freshmen. No.
UTEP, bumbling too, (especially missing free throws) was able to plod (yes plod) to an 11-2 run vs. the Aggies late on.
Tortoise and Hare really came to mind in this game.
UTEP is 2-4, and won't be playing this type of talented (but mentally weak) team much anymore. The Aggies are 5-3. With their on-court presence they have the talent for big things. But they'd better get some heart that sends messages to an athlete's brain.
This was all good news for UTEP. This Miner team, in the mode of what UTEP basketball has been all about since the early 1960s, was coached to a win - coached - over ...
Snore ZZZZz, the Hare.