EL PASO, Texas -- Randy Culpepper scored 24 points to pace UTEP to an 87-74 victory over Mercer on Sunday in a regional contest for the national Legends Classic tournament.
The Miners shot a blistering 51 percent (25 of 49) and won the rebounding battle 39-32.
Mercer was charged with 17 fouls in the first half, and UTEP responded by going 17-for-21 from the line.
UTEP's advantage reached 25 points with a little more than 10 minutes left. Mercer got no closer than 12 points with 3:15 left on two Moore free throws.