UTEP drops buzzer bomb on
From electronic and staff reports
All rights reserved.
View Mobile Alpha version of this page
View box score and stats on ecupirates.com
Sophomore guard McKenzie
Moore nailed a three-pointer from well beyond NBA range as time expired
to lift Texas-El Paso from a two-point deficit to a 68-67 Conference USA
triumph over East Carolina Saturday night in Greenville.
Moore's buzzer beater gave
the Miners (11-7, 4-1 C-USA) their only lead of the second half,
touching off a celebration among UTEP's players and deflating in silence
what had one second earlier been the exuberant tension of the
season-high Minges Coliseum crowd of 6,121.
The Pirates (12-7, 3-3)
led by as much as nine in the first half and, after a brief tie in the
opening minute of the final frame, maintained an edge until Moore
knotted the score at 65 on a jump shot with 19 seconds left.
Senior point guard Miguel
Paul, who paced ECU with 20 points, scored on a driving layup with 4.4
ticks remaining to put the Pirates in position to prevail.
During the timeout before
the final play, senior guard Jacques Streeter was designated by Miners
coach Tim Floyd as the preferred shooter. When Streeter brought the ball
well into the frontcourt, he found himself challenged by the ECU defense
and sent a pass backwards to the trailing Moore near half court. Moore
fired off the deadly long-range jump shot and the outcome was settled.
Junior 6-10 center John
Bohannon came off the UTEP bench to plague the Pirates for 30 minutes,
leading all scorers with 23 points and hauling in a team-high 9
rebounds. McKenzie finished with 17 points and sophomore forward Julian
Washburn added 12.
Paul's offensive heroics
for ECU were supplemented by junior forward Ty Armstrong with 13 points
and senior forward Maurice Kemp with 10.
Attrition in their ranks
handicapped the Pirates in the crucial latter stages of the contest.
Junior forward Robert
Sampson, who led the Pirates in rebounding with 9, went out of the game
with an apparent knee injury, and Armstrong and freshman forward
Marshall Guilmette fouled out.
ECU senior guard Shamarr
Bowden was ejected with 12:30 remaining for throwing a punch.
The Pirates finish their
two-game home stand on Wednesday with a 7 p.m. matchup against league
juggernaut Memphis. The Tigers (16-3, 5-0) held off C-USA foe Marshall
Saturday afternoon 73-72.
mounted a furious rally when it
clashed with Memphis at FedExForum on Jan. 9, chopping a 27-point
deficit to five before fading at the end in a 67-54 loss.
Texas-El Paso 68, East Carolina
Jan. 26, 2013
Facility: Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum
Records: ECU 12-7, 3-3; UTEP 11-7, 4-1
SCORE BY PERIODS
View full box score and stats on ecupirates.com
02/03/13 01:59 AM.
©2013 Bonesville.net and
other publishers. All rights rights reserved. This material may not be
published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Game accounts and
statistics may be compiled from various sources, including but not limited
to staff contributions and East Carolina University, opposing team and Conference USA reports.