Mustangs Come Up Just Short At UTEP, 79-74
EL PASO (AP) -- Omar Thomas scored 26 points to lead UTEP to a 79-74 victory over SMU on Sunday. Thomas hit 11-of-17 from the field and 3-of-4 from the free throw line. He also had eight rebounds for UTEP (23-7, 13-4 WAC), which won its fourth straight from SMU and broke the Mustangs' four-game conference win streak.
SMU took a 57-50 with 12:41 left on a jumper by Bryan Hopkins, but the Miners responded with a 15-0 run to take a 65-57 lead with 9:33 left on a 3-pointer by Filiberto Rivera. SMU pulled to within three points on a layup by Eric Castro with seven seconds left to cut it to 77-74, but Rivera threw a full-court pass to Jason Williams for a dunk with four seconds left.
Patrick Simpson led SMU (13-2, 8-8) with 22 points. Castro added 16 and Hopkins scored 13.
The game was tied at 37-37 at the half and the lead changed hands seven times during the game. UTEP shot 57 percent from the field to 50 percent for SMU.
Next up for SMU is Tulsa, as the Golden Hurricane visits Moody Coliseum on Thursday.