UTEP (19-7, 11-3 Conference USA) led throughout most of the second half but could never run away from the Roadrunners. The Miners were ahead 64-55 with 1:58 left. Jeromie Hill hit two treys and Keon Lewis made a free throw as UTSA closed to 66-62 with 22 seconds left. Julian Washburn, who finished with 10 points, closed it out with three free throws.
The victory was the 100th victory at UTEP for coach Tim Floyd.
Hill and Ryan Bowie led UTSA (13-12, 7-7) with 14 points apiece.