College basketball: UTEP, FIU men and women match OT buzzer-beaters
The college basketball season has a way of bringing about some funky finishes, but a pair of battles between the men's and women's basketball teams of UTEP and Florida International had fans see double on Thursday.
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On the men's side, UTEP's senior floor general Dominic Artis grabbed a loose ball and fired up a fadeaway shot before the end of the second overtime to knock off the Golden Panthers by a point.
The shot would require a review before being confirmed as the game winner. And the Miners needed this W badly, having lost 12 in a row before knocking off the Golden Panthers of FIU.
Not to be outdone, the finish in the women's game was just as exciting — if not more so.
Another UTEP senior, Sparkle Taylor, knocked down a one-dribble pull-up jump shot with just a hair under three seconds left in the game's third overtime. Taylor finished with 21 points on the night, her fourth straight 20-plus point effort. Her final bucket gave the Miners a two-point (87-85) lead that surely seemed safe. Not so fast, said Florida International sophomore Kristian Hudson.
Hudson took the inbounds pass and dribbled downcourt in the game's waning seconds before nailing a 35-foot heave at the final buzzer. Final score: FIU 88, UTEP 87.
The 3-pointer, which was Hudson's only make from deep on the night, gave her a career-high 35 points in the win to go along with 10 assists and eight rebounds in a near triple-double. The win also gave the FIU women their first home-winning streak in four years, according to FIU athletics.