UTEP 78, Tulsa 70

Randy Culpepper scored 29 points to help Texas-El Paso remain

atop the Conference USA with a 78-70 victory over Tulsa on

Saturday.

The Miners (20-5, 11-1) put the game away early, keeping Tulsa

(19-8, 8-5) to just 25 percent shooting in the first half while

rolling to a 43-26 lead at the break.

Culpepper had 15 points in the period, including a trio of

3-pointers, while Derrick Caracter was also in double figures with

10. Caracter finished with 16 points.

The Hurricane’s loss was their second at home in a week

following a 23-game home win streak.

Ben Uzoh had 22 points, Jerome Jordan 19 and Justin Hurtt 15 for

Tulsa.

UTEP had no problems with Tulsa’s man-to-man defense, as

Caracter bulled inside and Culpepper shot 3-pointers and drove to

the basket with equal effect.