ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -Randy Culpepper had 20 points before fouling out and UTEP handed St. Mary's its first loss of the season Thursday with a 75-62 victory in the first round of the 76 Classic.
The more athletic Miners built on their 40-27 halftime lead with a 10-0 run to open the second half for their largest advantage.
St. Mary's responded by scoring 11 straight points to make it 50-38, but never threatened UTEP again. Gaels' center Omar Samhan had eight points during that run and led St. Mary's (3-1) with 20 points and 14 rebounds.
Senior guard Stefon Jackson, UTEP's second all-time leading scorer, finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Arnett Moultrie added 15 points and Kareem Cooper had 12 points for UTEP (3-1).
St. Mary's guard Patrick Mills, the West Coast Conference Newcomer of the Year last season, made just 5-of-20 field goals and missed all six 3-point attempts for 16 points.
He made two free throws with 2:19 remaining to cap a 7-2 run to pull the Gaels as close as 68-60.

NCAAB Headlines

More inNCAAB News  

NCAAB Top Stories

Thumbnail Simmons-less Tigers begin new chapter The Ben Simmons Experience, at least collectively, ultimately went down as a major disappointment for LSU. With head coach Johnny Jones feeling the heat, can...
Thumbnail Cardinals to attack ACC all over again Louisville’s 2015-16 campaign couldn’t have ended on a more ignominious note. This year, however, essentially begins in paradise.
Thumbnail Michigan State ready to get back to business The preliminary matchups for the 2016 Battle 4 Atlantis were revealed yesterday, with Michigan State set to take on St. John’s in the first of three...
Thumbnail Trimble returning to Maryland The Maryland Terrapins got some good news last week as Melo Trimble announced he will be returning to the team for his junior...
Thumbnail Texas to contend in 2016-17? Now with a year at Texas under his belt, can Shaka Smart expect bigger things from the Longhorns in 2016-17?
More inNCAAB Articles  

NCAAB Team Pages