Here's a UTEP win that can be, at a later date, referred to as the night UTEP's "Froshsophs" matured into ... let's say the future.
It took an overtime, but then UTEP climbed over SMU, 70-64. And it was a climb, not a rout. UTEP had to come back from blowing it heading into the final part of the second half. The coming back part ... maturity.
UTEP is still only 9-9 and 2-2 in its lame duck Conference USA. And SMU is 9-8 and 1-2 on its way to the Big East. But UTEP shone on its home court.
Put it this way: UTEP has some young talent as it apparently heads into a division with the Mountain West Conference . Yahoo! So does SMU, which will soon leave C-USA.
That realignment speculation being said:
For perhaps the first time this season, UTEP had a game-winner star with a lot of late-game stats. Six-foot-11 John Bohannon, who didn't start the game due to matchups on defense, hit virtually all of the game-winning-drive points after the score was 53-53 in regulation play.
It was a game the Miners showed overtime maturity, outscoring SMU 17-9 in overtime.
For the books: UTEP matured.