UTEP Upsets Conference Leader Middle Tenn. 57-54

Posted at 11:17 PM, Feb 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-05 00:17:57-05

Matt Willms and Omega Harris made four free throws in the final seconds as UTEP upset Middle Tennessee 57-54 on Saturday night to put the lone blemish on the Blue Raiders' Conference USA record.

The Miners, trailing 26-16 at the break, dominated the second half 41-27, taking their first lead, 51-50, when Harris hit a jumper with 2:27 left in the game. JaCorey Williams quickly answered with a jump shot and then Paul Thomas responded with a layup as UTEP retook the lead. Williams made two free throws to go ahead again. Harris made two free throws with 22 seconds remaining and Willms added two more to stop the Blue Raiders 10-game winning streak.

Willms finished with 14 points and Dominic Artis added 13 with four steals for UTEP (8-14, 6-4). The Miners remain unbeaten at home in league play.

Williams led Middle Tennessee (20-4, 10-1) with 24 points.