Miners Knock Off Islanders

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Stefon Jackson scored 27 points to
lead Texas-El Paso to a 77-62 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in
the first round of the NIT Season Tip-off tonight.
Randy Culpepper added 17, including five 3-pointers, for the
Miners (2-0). He also had four assists and three steals.
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (0-2) cut the lead to 50-47 on a
3-pointer by Chris Daniels midway through the second half but would
get no closer. UTEP went on a 9-3 run over the next 2½ minutes,
capped by a 3 by Jackson that made it 59-50.
The Miners scored seven straight points late in the half to push
their lead to 73-55 with about two minutes remaining.
The game was tied at 24-all with 2:49 left in the first half
before UTEP scored six straight points, half of them coming from
Julyan Stone, to lead 30-24 at the break.