UTEP’s McKenzie Moore might have kept the Miners NCAA Tournament hopes alive. Moore hit a shot from mid-court at the buzzer on the road to shoot down East Carolina in a battle between Conference USA bubble teams.Here’s the highlights with the big shot at the end.
"Anytime you make one like that at the end, you feel like you've got a horseshoe up your tail.” UTEP head coach Tim Floyd said. “It was a great win and it's a spirited locker room, obviously. Our young team needed something like that.”"The last time I made a shot like that was probably in seventh grade.” Moore said. “I was playing for Martinez Junior High and I made a half court shot at the buzzer at halftime against Dallas Ranch Middle School."
‘It was a heck of a basketball game and heartbreaking loss for us," East Carolina Head Coach Jeff Lebo said. "You kind of feel like you have it and then getting it taken away from you like that is tough.”McKenzie Moore’s ended the game 3-4 from behind the three point arch for 17 points but the biggest one was the half court bomb.
John Bohannon led the Miners with 23 points.UTEP is now 11-7 overall but 4-1 in Conference USA. If the Miners want to make the NCAA Tournament UTEP will need to keep winning. There are no quality wins on the schedule however they get a bit lucky. The Miners only play conference heavyweight Memphis once and the Tigers come to El Paso.
This type of win on the road might be the catalyst for a winning streak for UTEP.