Scores

Final

UTEP 59

(23-8, 11-5 C-USA)

SMU 56

(17-13, 8-8 C-USA)

    3:00 PM ET, March 5, 2011

    Moody Coliseum, Dallas, Texas

    1 2 T
    UTEP 32 2759
    SMU 22 3456

    Top Performers

    UTEP: C. Polk 18 Pts, 1 Ast, 1 Stl

    SMU: P. Dia 19 Pts, 8 Reb, 1 Ast, 4 Blk

    Papa Dia not enough as SMU falls short against UTEP

    Associated Press

    DALLAS -- UTEP clinched a bye in the first round of the Conference USA tournament by defeating Southern Methodist 59-56 on Saturday.

    The Miners (23-8, 11-5), who will host the conference tournament in El Paso and carry the No. 3 seed, got 18 points from Christian Polk, 16 from Jeremy Williams and 13 from Randy Culpepper.

    Papa Dia led Southern Methodist (17-13, 8-8) with 19 points and eight rebounds. Collin Mangrum added 14 points and Mike Walker had 11. The Mustangs will be the No. 7 seed and face No. 10 Rice in a first-round game on Wednesday.

    UTEP used an 11-0 run early to take a 13-4 lead and never trailed again.

    SMU got a 3-pointer from Walker with 5 seconds left in the game to pull within 57-56, and then fouled immediately. But Culpepper hit both two free throws for the Miners and a last-second 3-pointer by the Mustangs' Robert Nyakundi was off the mark.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    UTEP
    SMU
    Points 59 56
    FG Made-Attempted 22-52 (.423) 20-47 (.426)
    3P Made-Attempted 5-12 (.417) 9-25 (.360)
    FT Made-Attempted 10-15 (.667) 7-9 (.778)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 14 (0/0) 15 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 14 2

    2010-11 Season

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