Five Miners scored in double figures, including four with 13, but it wasn’t enough as McGill continued their hot shooting from three and dropped UTEP for the second time in two days.
UTEP opened a bit slow, quickly falling behind 10-2 early in the first quarter before a 14-0 run turned that deficit into a 16-10 lead just minutes later. McGill would get it going from deep though, nailing two threes in a row to even things up at 16 at the end of the first.
Another slow start to the second would put the Miners in a hole, but a 15-2 run that included 6 straight from Trey Wade would put them back out in front, and they would hold on to a slim lead at 39-35 at the half.
Things would only tighten up from there. The game of runs continued as McGill opened with a 10-2 spurt to take an early 3rd quarter lead, but the Miners would answer with 6 straight of their own before taking a 54-53 lead into the 4th.
Omega Harris would go to work early in the final quarter, first on a nice dime to Paul Thomas, then on a smooth jumper from 18 giving UTEP a 60-58 lead with under 6 to play.
The teams would go back and forth in the closing minutes and McGill would own a 69-68 lead before Kobe Magee knocked down a 3 to take a 71-69 advantage. Both teams would own leads in the final minute, but it would be 75-75 after two missed McGill freebies at the end of regulation.
The action would continue into the overtime, and both teams would own multiple leads, but it would be McGill who would lead by 4 with under a minute to play. A Paul Thomas and one would cut it to one, but it wouldn’t be enough as the Miners would fall 86-82.
Omega Harris, Trey Wade, DeShaun Highler and Kelvin Jones each went for 13 while Jones aded 6 rebounds and Harris pitched in 4 assists. The Miners shot 46% from the field, but struggled from 3 knocking in just 5 of 22.
McGill was led by Noah Daoust who finished with 21 points, while Jenning Leung and Alex Paquin went for 18 apiece. McGill shot 47% from the field including 45% (14/31).
UTEP will now face the University of British Columbia at 11:30 tomorrow morning.