Tarrant scores 22 as Tulane beats UTEP 66-58Tulane guard Ricky Tarrant (2) scores over UTEP guard C.J. Cooper (5) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in New Orleans, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)
NEW ORLEANS (AP) Ricky Tarrant scored 22 points, including seven in the last 1:09, to lead Tulane to its first Conference USA victory this season, 66-58 over UTEP on Saturday night.
Tarrant's layup and free throw gave the Green Wave (13-6, 1-4) a 56-51 lead after the Miners (10-10, 3-3) had trimmed a nine-point deficit to two. The freshman guard added two more free throws with 45 seconds left and two more with 22 seconds to play that made it 62-53.
Tulane never trailed after Jordan Callahan's 3-pointer gave them a 41-38 lead with 14:19 remaining, and the Green Wave led by as many as nine points, 51-42 with 6:46 left, after an 8-0 run.
Tre Drye contributed 13 points off the bench for Tulane, whose reserves outscored UTEP's 23-7.
Michael Perez scored 14 points, and Julian Washburn and John Bohannon scored 13 each for the Miners, who had won two in a row.