Scores

Final

SMU 45

(5-8, 0-1 C-USA)

UTEP 49

(10-3, 1-0 C-USA)

    9:05 PM ET, January 6, 2010

    Don Haskins Center, El Paso, Texas

    1 2 T
    SMU 20 2545
    UTEP 29 2049

    Top Performers

    SMU: F. Otis 9 Pts, 11 Reb, 1 Ast

    UTEP: D. Caracter 18 Pts, 5 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    UTEP 49, SMU 45

    Associated Press

    EL PASO, Texas -- Derrick Caracter had 18 points, including four straight in the closing minutes, as UTEP held off SMU 49-45 Wednesday in the Conference USA opener for both schools.

    After SMU (5-8) tied the game at 41 on a basket by Derek Williams, Caracter hit two free throws and then scored on a dunk to put UTEP (10-3) on top for good.

    Randy Culpepper added 14 points for the Miners, including a pair of free throws with 49 seconds left and a layup with 6 seconds remaining after the Mustangs had pulled within 47-45 on a 3-pointer by Williams.

    Williams had 14 points to lead SMU.

    Neither team shot well. UTEP made only 3 of 18 3-pointers and shot 42.9 percent (18 for 42) from the field. SMU was 3 for 15 from long range, 4 for 8 from the free-throw line and hit just 42.2 percent from the field (19 for 45).

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    SMU
    UTEP
    Points 45 49
    FG Made-Attempted 19-45 (.422) 18-42 (.429)
    3P Made-Attempted 3-15 (.200) 3-18 (.167)
    FT Made-Attempted 4-8 (.500) 10-11 (.909)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 9 (0/0) 7 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 32 9

    2009-10 Season

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