Old Dominion's Zoran Talley made two clutch free throws at the charity stripe to secure the victory. Talley bounced back from an 0-9 performance against Western Kentucky with 17 points against the Miners on Thursday night. B.J. Stith also hit double-digit scoring figures for the Monarchs with 12 points.
Monarch star Ahmad Caver had just six points on the night, with all of his points coming from a couple of made 3-pointers.
Four UTEP Miners had double-digit scoring performances -- Omega Harris (14), Trey Touchet (12), Dominic Artis (11), and Paul Thomas (10). Harris caught fire late in the second half, and gave UTEP a 61-58 lead with under a minute left in regulation.
Despite tonight's loss, UTEP could still secure a first round bye with a win over Charlotte on Saturday. However, if UTEP loses to the 49ers, and Rice defeats Western Kentucky this weekend, the Owls would claim the fourth overall seed and a first-round bye.
The C-USA men's basketball tournament takes place March 8–11 in Birmingham, Alabama, in Legacy Arena.