When it's a triple overtime game, is it a thriller? On Wednesday it was ... a frustrating "whew!"
UTEP won over Pac-12 team Oregon, 91-84 in a game where both teams fumbled, bumbled, missed free throws - and either one could have put victory away with a decent performance in regulation play.
Anybody good? Well, UTEP's John Bohannan made key shots before fouling out in the third overtime. Otherwise it was two teams with players having dud nights.
What this means for now 4-5 UTEP is the Miners ... well, they finally did it on Coach Tim Floyd's early tough schedule. On Monday the Miners lost by 2 points to nationally ranked UNLV, also in The Don. They got ripped by 3 big-conference schools in a tournament. They lost at Arizona. Tough sked, all right.
Maybe this win over Oregon is the catalyst for UTEP, which now plays host in its holiday tournament. Nebraska will be here, along with two teams that won't take the Miners into three overtimes.
Nah, UTEP isn't a good team right now. Oregon, now 9-2, really stubbed here Wednesday. But, for UTEP, there's a win against a big-conference school (the Coach Tim Floyd strategy), on the books.
It's time for UTEP, with five losses, to win a lot. Five losses before Christmas?