By Joel Delgado ’12 MS ’17
You don’t see this everyday.
On Thursday night, FIU and UTEP’s basketball programs squared off simultaneously – the men’s teams playing in El Paso while the women’s teams duked it out in Miami at FIU Arena – with both games turning into eerily similar overtime, buzzer-beater thrillers.
At 11:33 p.m. EST, FIU men’s basketball led the Miners 87-86 with 1.6 seconds remaining in double overtime. But UTEP’s inbound pass – after being deflected by two Panthers – ended up in the hands of Miners guard Dominic Artis, who drained a jump shot as the buzzer expired to deliver the Panthers a crushing 88-87 defeat.
About two hours earlier in Miami, the women’s teams for both schools battled it out into triple overtime and the Panthers trailed 87-85 with just 2.9 seconds remaining. That’s when sophomore point guard Kristian Hudson took the ball up the court heaved a 30-foot shot from near half court that went in as time expired to give FIU a thrilling 88-87 victory.
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The game-winner capped an incredible night for Hudson, who finished with a career-high 35 points – the first time a Panther scored that many points in a game at home since Jerica Coley dropped the same point total against Marshall on Feb. 22, 2014.
Both games received national attention, leading off ESPN’s SportsCenter program and both buzzer-beaters making it onto the show’s Top 10 plays segment.
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Both schools will face each other again on Feb. 25 with the men playing at FIU Arena while the women face off in El Paso. But there’s no way the rematches can top this. Right?