FAU topples UTEP 67-62 to snap Miners’ 9-game winning streak


EL PASO, TEXAS (KTSM) – UTEP fought all the way back to tie the game multiple times in the fourth quarter, but a 17-point first half deficit proved to be too much to overcome as Florida Atlantic defeated the Miners 67-62 on Sunday afternoon at the Don Haskins Center.

The loss snapped a nine-game UTEP winning streak dating back to mid-January. The Miners are now 14-6, 11-4 in Conference USA play. FAU improved to 7-8, 5-6 in league action.

FAU’s Iggy Allen scored 28 points and corralled 17 points, also hitting the go-ahead three-pointer in the fourth quarter. Katia Gallegos scored 19 points for the Miners in a losing effort.

A sluggish start ultimately doomed the Miners, who had to wait two extra days for this weekend series to get going. It was pushed back to Sunday/Monday from Friday/Saturday due to travel difficulties brought on by this week’s winter storms across Texas.

“I haven’t been a part of many games where we have a comeback like that and don’t win,” said UTEP head coach Kevin Baker. “You have to give FAU a lot of credit and Iggy Allen a lot of credit. Her play tonight was the reason they beat us.”

The good news for UTEP: they can bounce back on Monday with a victory and start a new winning streak. The Miners and Owls will play the finale of their doubleheader at 7 p.m. on Monday at the Don Haskins Center.

“It’s a wake up call, and it’s momentum for tomorrow,” Gallegos said. We’re going to get the win.”

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Local Sports

More Local Sports