UTEP 67, SMU 57
Christian Polk scored 18 points and Randy Culpepper added 14 as
UTEP remained atop the Conference USA standings with a 67-57
victory against SMU on Saturday night.
The Miners (19-5, 7-2) are percentage points ahead of UAB, who
improved to 8-3 in league play by beating Rice on Saturday.
Papa Dia had 18 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks for the
Mustangs (15-9, 6-4). Collin Mangrum and Jeremiah Samarrippas
scored 12 points each.
A layup by Mangrum got SMU within 61-57 with 2:53 remaining, but
the Mustangs were limited to one shot on their next three
possessions, and all missed. UTEP sealed the victory with four free
throws in the final 23 seconds.
Julyan Stone scored 11 points and Jeremy Williams 10 for the