Texas-El Paso 73, San Diego St 71 OT
EL PASO, Texas (AP) _ Antoine Gillespie hit a 12-foot jumper with 2.1 seconds left in overtime to lift Texas-El Paso over San Diego State 73-71 Thursday night.
Gillespie, who led UTEP with 21 points, also set the school’s all-time scoring mark in the game.
Texas-El Paso (17-7 11-4 Western Athletic Conference) looked to be running away from San Diego State (8-15, 3-12) when it opened the second-half with a 15-6 run to pull to a 43-30 lead.
But San Diego State, led by Chad Nelson’s 11 points in the final 10 minutes of regulation, tied the game on a 3-pointer by Ron Martin with 12 seconds remaining in regulation to send the game into overtime.
Nelson finished with 15 points, Martin with 12.
In overtime, SDSU took its first lead since the opening minutes of the game with 3:25 left on a bucket by Kevin Curry.
SDSU went up 71-67 when Marc Carter, who led with 23 points, banked a jumper at 2:03.
UTEP fought back on a layup by Kevin Beal with 1:40 left and Gillespie tied the game at 71 on a 5-footer with 59 seconds left.
A miss by Carter set up Gillespie’s game-winner.
On hand to watch Gillespie break the all-time scoring mark was former record holder Tim Hardaway of the Golden State Warriors. Gillespie entered the game one point behind Hardaway with 1,585 points and broke the record on a layup four minutes into the game.
The game was halted shortly after and Gillespie was presented with the record-breaking ball.