UTEP 87, Mercer 74

Randy Culpepper scored 24 points to pace UTEP to an 87-74

victory over Mercer on Sunday in a regional contest for the

national Legends Classic tournament.

Christian Polk scored 17 points, Julyan Stone 13 and Jeremy

Williams 11 for the Miners (1-1), who led 45-33 at halftime.

The Bears (1-1) were led by Jeff Smith, who scored 22 points,

including 4-for-7 from 3-point range. Brandon Moore finished with a

double-double of 19 points and 13 rebounds.

The Miners shot a blistering 51 percent (25 of 49) and won the

rebounding battle 39-32.

Mercer was charged with 17 fouls in the first half, and UTEP

responded by going 17-for-21 from the line.

UTEP’s advantage reached 25 points with a little more than 10

minutes left. Mercer got no closer than 12 points with 3:15 left on

two Moore free throws.