UTEP hadn't been beaten in two months until today. The last time they were beaten, it was by the Houston Cougars.
Today, the Cougars did it again. This time, though, they'll take home a Conference USA trophy and a bid to the NCAA Tournament.
It didn't start off pretty. UTEP jumped out to a very early lead against the Cougars, looking dominant, just as was expected. UTEP's cast was performing strong, leading 43-38 at the half.
Then Tom Penders' gang got it together. And decided it was time to stop losing, apparently. The second half saw a rousing surge that, if we're being truthful, almost seemed too exciting to be Conference USA basketball. Kelvin Lewis, Aubrey Coleman and Adam Brown joined forces to create an undeniable wave -- both offensively and defensively -- and surge against the Miners.
When Houston's Kelvin Lewis hit a long, bold three to take a one point lead at the 3:18 mark, and Adam Brown followed it up to put the Cougars up four, a momentum was underway that couldn't be stopped. And underdog Houston dethrones UTEP 81-73. Somewhere, CBS alum Jim Nantz is happy about that.
So the Cougars slip and slide into the NCAA tournament. Who's next?