Miners To Meet Michigan


POSTED: Friday, November 26, 2010 - 10:53pm

UPDATED: Friday, November 26, 2010 - 10:58pm

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- Georgia Tech had runs of 12-0 and 11-0 in the second half in erasing a halftime deficit and beating UTEP, 71-61, in the semifinals of the Legends Classic on Friday in Atlantic City.

The Miners (3-2) were bumped into Saturday's consolation game and will face Michigan at 3:30 p.m. MT (5:30 ET). The game will be nationally televised on HDNet.

The Miners enjoyed three separate eight-point leads in the first half -- at 13-5, 26-18 and 35-27 -- before taking a 37-31 advantage into the locker room. UTEP shot 53.8 percent from the field over the first 20 minutes, but went cold to start the second half.

The Yellow Jackets (4-1) scored the first 11 points of the second period, and the Miners didn't collect their first bucket until 13:28 remaining when Randy Culpepper's jumper sliced Georgia Tech's lead to 42-39. The Miners recovered to take a 54-51 lead on a Culpepper jumper with 7:58 to play. But the Yellow Jackets answered with 12 consecutive points to go ahead 63-54 with 3:33 left on a layup by Brian Oliver. UTEP couldn't get closer than six points the rest of the way.

Between the 12-0 run and 11-0 run, the Miners combined to go scoreless for over 11 minutes in the second half.

UTEP shot 35.7 percent in the second half, including 2-for-12 from three-point range, in being outscored 40-24. The Miners were 8-for-17 from the line for the game, including 2-for-6 after halftime.

Oliver (15 points-12 rebounds) and Glen Rice Jr. (19 points-11 rebounds) both collected their first double-doubles for the Yellow Jackets, who outrebounded the Miners 44-35 -- including 16-6 on the offensive glass.

Culpepper scored 13 points, Christian Polk 12 and Julyan Stone 10 for UTEP. Stone and Jeremy Williams led the rebounding effort with eight boards each.

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