The Antelopes entered the night a share of first place with New Mexico State.
Jordan Jackson made 1-of-2 foul shots with 59 seconds left to give the Vaqueros (13-12, 5-4 Western Athletic Conference) a 67-64 lead. Carlos Johnson knotted it 14 seconds later with a 3-point play. Winn made a layup with 30 seconds left, and, after a GCU turnover, Smith added a pair of free throws to make it a four-point contest with 17 seconds to go
Damari Milstead reduced the deficit to 71-69 before the Antelopes immediately fouled Jackson to force him to the free throw line. Again he made 1 of 2 and the Lopes got the ball to Milstead who missed a 3 attempt as time expired.
Javon Levi scored 12 for UTRGV which had a 42-34 scoring advantage on the interior.
Milstead led GCU (14-8, 7-2) with 14 points, Carlos Johnson 13 and Michael Finke 10.
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Ferron Flavors, Jr. scored 21 points on five 3-pointers, five players reached double digits and California Baptist ran away from Bethesda 96-62 Friday night.
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