Texas-El Paso vs Memphis

UTEP 60, Memphis 58


MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Michael Perez scored 15 points and Jacques Streeter added 14 as Texas-El Paso used a second-half rally to defeat Memphis 60-58 on Saturday afternoon.

The Tigers' Will Barton clanked a 3-pointer off the rim as time expired, giving the Miners (13-13, 6-6 Conference USA) their third straight win. UTEP had trailed 51-44 with 6:25 left, but used a 13-4 rally to overtake Memphis with 1:19 left.

The Miners would never relinquish the lead the rest of the way as Streeter finished the night shooting 4 of 5 from the field, including making both of his shots outside the arc.

Tarik Black led Memphis (19-8, 9-3) with 26 points and 10 rebounds.

UTEP was able to hold the lead down the stretch by converting 7 of 8 free throws in the final two minutes. Gabriel McCulley split a pair of free throws with 23.6 left to give the Miners their biggest of the game, 60-55.

Barton connected on a 3-pointer with 17.8 seconds left, and the Tigers forced a turnover on the ensuing inbounds pass for a chance to win. But Barton's last shot was off.

Memphis opened by scoring the game's first nine points as the Miners started 0 for 7 from the field. The Tigers' start allowed Memphis to hold a first-half lead of as many as 13, despite shooting under 40 percent.

Memphis was getting the ball inside to Black who was 5 of 7 in the half for 13 points to lead Memphis.

Both teams displayed inaccurate shooting in the first half, Memphis hitting at a 34.8 percent from the field (8 of 23), while the Miners hit 32 percent (8 of 25). Both teams had a handful of turnovers.

But nothing about the half seemed fluid. Even when Memphis jumped out to the early lead, it looked tolerable because UTEP was misfiring on everything.

Still, Memphis led 28-19 at the break.

UTEP cut into the Tigers lead with a 9-2 run to open the second half. Streeter's drive with 17:20 left pulled the Miners within 30-28.

Despite UTEP staying close the rest of the half, they were unable to overtake Memphis until a pair of free throws by Cedrick Lang with 1:19 remaining, gave the Miners their first lead of the game at 57-55.

UTEP would end the night shooting 44.2 percent (19 of 43), while Memphis was 37.5 percent (18 of 48).

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Texas-El Paso Miners
J. Washburn, F384-100-23139
G. McCulley, F363-93-412239
C. Lang, F182-42-22246
J. Streeter, G404-54-431114
M. Perez, G353-77-911315
J. Bohannon263-61-29257
J. Ragland70-20-00110
Totals 19-4317-2330102060
Memphis Tigers
T. Black, F3710-136-10100226
F. Hall, F121-22-22114
W. Barton, G343-92-25329
A. Barton, G321-50-04213
C. Crawford, G261-60-01243
J. Jackson301-64-42117
W. Witherspoon221-73-53155
D. Stephens70-01-20021
Totals 18-4818-2527101858
Western Athletic
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
New Mex. St.0-07-2108
Grand Canyon0-06-2211
Utah Valley0-06-471
UT-Rio Grande Valley0-06-6281
Chicago St.0-02-10316

Conference USA
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Middle Tenn.0-07-112
La. Tech0-07-252
Old Dominion0-07-377
Western Ky.0-06-328
So. Miss0-05-4306
North Texas0-06-5257
UT-San Antonio0-06-5244
Other games
Louisville 90 Final
DEP 82
MU 79 Final
UConn 64
Wich St 91 Final
UNLV 45 Final
N Mexico 65
Florida St 76 Final
MD 44 Final
Virginia 71
K-State 57 Final
Baylor 56
Missouri 71 Final
Tx A&M 62
SDSU 56 Final
AF 58
Ole Miss 62 Final
Kentucky 77
CLEM 52 Final
NC 74
Florida 98 Final
Arkansas 68
STMA 51 Final
GTOWN 63 Final
GONZ 65 Final
San Fran 66
TXTCH 50 Final
Kansas 83
Ohio St 51 Final
Michigan 56
ND 74 Final