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Talley's free throws lift Old Dominion past UTEP 62-61

Zoran Talley scored 17 points and sank a pair of free throws with 1.8 seconds left and Old Dominion beat UTEP 62-61 on Thursday night.

Paul Thomas was called for a foul while Talley was in the act of shooting to send him to the line for the late free throws, and Omega Harris missed a heave as time expired.

Dominic Artis missed two foul shots for UTEP with 19 seconds remaining. Talley's jumper with 52 seconds left brought Old Dominion (19-10, 12-5 Conference USA) to within 61-60 just after Harris' 3 broke a tie at 58 with 63 seconds left.

B.J. Stith scored 12 points with six rebounds for the Monarch and Denzell Taylor grabbed nine rebounds.

Ahmad Caver's 3 with 7:17 left to play put the Monarchs up 51-40 before the Miners went on an 11-2 run and closed to 53-51 on Jake Flaggert's 3-pointer.

Harris led UTEP (13-16, 11-6) with 14 points, Trey Touchet 12, Artis 11, and Thomas had 10.

Conference USA Statement

On the final possession of last night’s ODU at UTEP men’s basketball game, the clock did not start when it contacted the player in bounds. From available video and precision timing reports, we are unable to determine if this was a human or technical error.
Regardless of how the error occurred, the officials correctly utilized the replay monitor and two additional timing devices (per Rules 2.7.6, 5.4 and 11.2.1). It was determined that had the clock started when it should have, the final tip would have occurred after time expired, thereby disallowing the basket.
In addition to reviewing the video, reports and the rule book, the Conference office consulted with the NCAA National Coordinator of Officials to confirm that proper protocol for the review was followed.

Bob Stull Statement

"We are very disappointed in the outcome of last night's game. However, at this point we are moving forward and focusing all our attention on tomorrow's important matchup with Charlotte.
"The crowd was tremendous last night and we hope the fans will come back one more time tomorrow at 1 p.m. to support our team, which has made an amazing in-season turnaround and is playing for a first-round bye in next week's conference tournament."

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