EL PASO, Texas -- Nigel Hawkins hit two free throws with 16 seconds left that allowed UTEP to hold off Middle Tennessee, 67-66 on Thursday night.
Reggie Scurry dunked to pull Middle Tennessee within two points, 63-61, with 3:25 left in the game, but the Blue Raiders went scoreless until JoVontae Millner hit a 3 with :09 remaining to cut the deficit to 67-64. Tyson Jackson tipped in an offensive rebound to get within one with a second left.
UTEP hosts Alabama-Birmingham Saturday. Middle Tennessee travels to Texas-San Antonio.
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Andrew Nembhard, who started all 67 games for the Gators over the past two seasons before transferring to Gonzaga in the spring, is eligible to play immediately after getting an NCAA waiver.
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Baylor had its third game canceled since coach Scott Drew tested positive for COVID-19, and the Bears will now open their season against Illinois in the Jimmy V Classic on Dec. 2.