Culpepper’s 29 points lead UTEP past Tulsa 78-70
TULSA, Okla. (AP)—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.