UTEP 77, Marshall 65

UTEP used a big first-half push and had six players score in

double figures as the Miners defeated Marshall 77-65 in the

quarterfinals of the Conference USA tournament on Thursday


Gabriel McCulley led third-seeded UTEP (24-8) with 14 points.

Randy Culpepper and Julyan Stone had 12 points each, Jeremy

Williams and Christian Polk 11 apiece and Claude Britten 10.

Johnny Thomas scored 13 points for No. 6 seed Marshall (22-11).

Tirrell Baines, Damier Pitts and Shaquille Johnson had 12 points

each, and DeAndre Kane added 11.

UTEP will face No. 2 seed Tulsa in the semifinals on Friday.