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December 19, 2012

Tucker's 3 Seals Win for UTEP Over Oregon, 91-84

EL PASO, TEXAS - Two days after missing a potential game-winning 3-pointer, UTEP's Konner Tucker got a second chance in a big home game against an elite opponent Wednesday night.

This time Tucker drilled it.

The senior transfer's shot with 13 seconds left in triple overtime against Oregon broke open a one-possession game and led the Miners to a 91-84 victory, almost exactly 48 hours after Tucker's miss at the buzzer in a 62-60 loss to No. 21 UNLV.

"That was nice to hit," Tucker said of his 3-pointer, which gave UTEP (4-5) an 86-81 lead in the fourth triple-overtime game in school history. "I wish I had hit the last one. Keep shooting and good things happen. It was a great pass from Jacques (Streeter) and I was lucky to knock it down."

After making 1 of 11 3-point shots in regulation and the first two overtimes, UTEP was 2 for 2 in the third extra period, including the second career 3-pointer from John Bohannon, who fouled out with 21 points. His 3 with 2:18 remaining put UTEP's lead at 84-80.

"Playing this quality of team, the idea is to get better," said Miners coach Tim Floyd, whose team suffered early losses to Arizona, Oklahoma, Clemson and Vanderbilt. "You get better or you wilt and you learn how to lose. We didn't do that. We continued to get better. We were better than we were (against UNLV)."

UTEP's Julian Washburn led all scorers with 23 points and Bohannon had 10 rebounds to go with his 21 points.

Damyean Dotson had 20 points to lead Oregon (9-2) while Carlos Emory scored 18.

After UTEP led most of the first 30 minutes, there were 13 ties and 13 lead changes in the final 10:15 of regulation and the three overtimes.

The Ducks shot a season-low 29 percent from the field in the first half against a triangle-and-two and box-and-one defense from the Miners. After bouncing back to shoot 52 percent in the second half, Oregon managed just 38 percent shooting in the three overtimes.

"We didn't move it like I thought we would," Oregon coach Dana Altman said. "We worked on it the last couple of days, but the ball movement was really bad. We did not execute and that's my fault."



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