Controversial call snaps UTEP’s five-game win streak


Trailing Old Dominion, 62-61, in the final seconds, UTEP junior guard Omega Harris had his jumper miss off the rim. Luckily for the Miners, 7-foot-1 center Matt Willms had an open lane to the basket. Willms tipped in a shot that the officials initially counted.

Upon review, the crew reversed the call, handing the Monarchs a victory which snapped a five-game win streak for UTEP.

But did the officials make the correct call.

The score was knotted, 58-58, with a minute remaining, but Harris broke the tie with a 3-pointer. Zoran Talley scored the final four points for Old Dominion, included two free throws with only seconds remaining.

Talley ended with a game-high 17 points off the bench for the Monarchs. Harris had 14 in a losing effort.

This was one of three wild finishes in Conference-USA on Thursday night. Egor Koulechov drained a late three as Rice beat Marshall on the road. Charlotte’s Jon Davis drilled a buzzer-beating three to knock of UT-San Antonio.