UTEP (17-7, 9-3 Conference USA) scored the first seven points of the game and Cooper's 3-pointer made it 10-2 just 2 1/2 minutes in. UTEP led 34-27 at the break.
Charlotte trimmed the deficit to three with 35 seconds to play on a pair of free throws by Terrence Williams. But Omega Harris made a pair for UTEP, and then Ivan Benkovic missed a 3-pointer, forcing the 49ers to put UTEP on the line. The Miners hit 7 of 8 from the line inside of 30 seconds to secure the win.