The Miners (13-6, 6-1 Conference USA) went on a 12-2 second-half
run to break open a tight game for a 45-35 lead with 8:06
Henderson hit two 3-pointers in that run and three of six for
UTEP maintained that lead at 50-42 with 3:30 left after a steal
and slam by Williams.
Tulsa (7-13, 2-5) tried fouling to get back in the game and sent
the Miners to the line 30 times in the final 3:14. The Miners made
just 17, but Tulsa could not capitalize and never came closer than
63-57 with 45 seconds left.
For the game, UTEP set a Reynolds Center record for free throws
by a Tulsa opponent with 45 attempts, making 25.
The Miners shot 45 percent while holding Tulsa to 41.8 percent.
Tulsa led 24-22 with 11 seconds left in the first half, but
Henderson hit an uncontested 3-pointer as the clock expired to take
a 25-24 halftime lead, and Tulsa never led again.