UTEP holds off SMU 49-45 in conference openerJan 7, 2010 - 4:30 AM EL PASO, Texas(AP) -- Derrick Caracter had 18 points, including four straight in the closing minutes, as UTEP held off SMU 49-45 Wednesday in the Conference USA opener for both schools.
After SMU (5-8) tied the game at 41 on a basket by Derek Williams, Caracter hit two free throws and then scored on a dunk to put UTEP (10-3) on top for good.
Randy Culpepper added 14 points for the Miners, including a pair of free throws with 49 seconds left and a layup with 6 seconds remaining after the Mustangs had pulled within 47-45 on a 3-pointer by Williams.
Williams had 14 points to lead SMU.
Neither team shot well. UTEP made only 3 of 18 3-pointers and shot 42.9 percent (18 for 42) from the field. SMU was 3 for 15 from long range, 4 for 8 from the free-throw line and hit just 42.2 percent from the field (19 for 45).
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UTEP 49 FINAL
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HALFTIME 1ST 2ND TOTAL
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SOUTHERN METHODIST 20 20
UTEP 29 29 HALFTIME
HIGH SCORERS AT HALFTIME
SOUTHERN METHODIST - PAPA DIA 4, JUSTIN HAYNES 4, DEREK
UTEP - DERRICK CARACTER 8, RANDY CULPEPPER 8,
TWO PLAYERS WITH 4
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