UTEP and FIU played on Thursday night in both men’s and women’s basketball. Strangely enough, both games followed similar scripts and had nearly identical endings – overtime buzzer beaters resulted in 88-87 final scores.
The first buzzer beater comes from UTEP’s Dominic Artis. In the second overtime, Artis managed to hit an impressive mid-range jumper for the win. With the Miners riding a 13-game losing streak, getting a buzzer beater victory in a prolonged game must have felt incredibly sweet.
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FIU exacted some revenge in the women’s matchup against the Miners. In even more impressive fashion, the Panthers went to overtime against UTEP and trailed by a single point after the Miners hit a jumper with just seconds left on the clock. Kristian Hudson of the Panthers got the ball on the inbound, went up to half court, and heaved a prayer – which was answered – as she sunk the shot for the win.
Both teams managed to pull off 88-87 victories in extra frames. It’s sort of perfect that with identical scores and dramatic victories, the Panthers and Miners each earned a win. It’s basketball symmetry. It wouldn’t be fair if both wins went to one team. Both schools can enjoy the fact they were given a buzzer beater win and had a victory taken away. Sports are awesome.