Scores

Final

Tulsa 59

(7-7, 0-1 C-USA)

UTEP 69

(13-3, 1-0 C-USA)

    9:05 PM ET, January 5, 2011

    Don Haskins Center, El Paso, Texas

    1 2 T
    TULSA 30 2959
    UTEP 29 4069

    Top Performers

    Tulsa: S. Idlet 9 Pts, 9 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Blk

    UTEP: R. Culpepper 29 Pts, 3 Reb, 1 Ast, 3 Stl

    UTEP 69, Tulsa 59

    Associated Press

    EL PASO, Texas -- Randy Culpepper scored 29 points Wednesday night to lead UTEP past Tulsa 69-59 in the Conference USA opener for both teams.

    Culpepper was 12 for 12 from the free-throw line and kept the Miners (13-3) close in the first half with 15 points. Tulsa raced to an 8-0 lead and led 19-9 midway through the half before UTEP cut the deficit to 30-29 at the break.

    The Miners only shot 29 percent in the first half, but improved to 46 percent in the second half and finished at 38 percent. They also committed just five turnovers compared to 21 for Tulsa.

    Christian Polk chipped in 12 points for UTEP and John Bohannon grabbed nine rebounds.

    Justin Hurtt led the Golden Hurricane (7-7) with 21 points, making 4 of 10 from 3-point range. Bryson Pope scored 10 and Steven Idlet had nine rebounds for Tulsa.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    TULSA
    UTEP
    Points 59 69
    FG Made-Attempted 17-41 (.415) 19-50 (.380)
    3P Made-Attempted 8-18 (.444) 4-11 (.364)
    FT Made-Attempted 17-19 (.895) 27-35 (.771)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 27 (0/0) 19 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 10 14

    2010-11 Season

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