Scores

Final

UTEP 59

(21-5, 12-1 C-USA)

Southern Miss 56

(16-11, 6-7 C-USA)

    8:00 PM ET, February 24, 2010

    Reed Green Coliseum, Hattiesburg, Mississippi

    1 2 T
    UTEP 28 3159
    USM 29 2756

    Top Performers

    UTEP: D. Caracter 17 Pts, 8 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Southern Miss: G. Flowers 15 Pts, 9 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Pair of 17-point efforts rescue 25th-ranked Miners from Southern Miss upset

    Associated Press

    HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- Derrick Caracter and Randy Culpepper scored 17 points each and Texas-El Paso (No. 25 ESPN/USA Today, NR AP) survived a scare to beat Southern Mississippi 59-56 on Wednesday night.

    The Miners (21-5, 12-1 Conference USA) led 58-53 after Caracter's jumper from the top of the key with 53 seconds left, but a 3-pointer by Gary Flowers, who led Southern Miss with 15 points, made it 58-56 six seconds later.

    Angelo Johnson got a steal for the Golden Eagles (16-11, 6-7) on the ensuing possession, but a couple of missed jumpers gave the ball back to UTEP. Culpepper's free throw with 13 seconds left gave the Miners their final margin.

    Southern Miss' Josimar Ayarza's 3-point attempt at the buzzer rimmed out.

    UTEP opened the second half with a 15-6 run to lead 45-35 with 10:32 left. But Southern Miss wouldn't go away, putting together an 18-6 run in the final 7:36 to keep the game close.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    UTEP
    USM
    Points 59 56
    FG Made-Attempted 20-54 (.370) 20-60 (.333)
    3P Made-Attempted 3-11 (.273) 6-18 (.333)
    FT Made-Attempted 16-25 (.640) 10-16 (.625)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (0/0) 20 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 15 9

    2009-10 Season

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