UTEP 66, Tulsa 54

Randy Culpepper scored 26 points to lead UTEP to a 66-54 victory

over Tulsa in the Conference USA semifinals on Friday.

The third-seeded Miners (28-5) went on an 18-5 run in the second

half to take the lead for good.

UTEP will face the winner of the East Carolina-Memphis matchup

in the conference championship Saturday.

Justin Hurtt led the No. 2 seed Golden Hurricane (19-13) with 17

points while Joe Richard scored 11 and Jordan Clarkson 10.

The Miners made just 9 of 20 shots from the field in the first

half but hit 66.7 percent in the second to outscore Tulsa

39-26.

Christian Polk finished with 13 points for the Miners.