UTEP Rolls Over East Carolina, 100-76


POSTED: Saturday, February 13, 2010 - 11:22pm

UPDATED: Thursday, February 18, 2010 - 4:26pm

Randy Culpepper scored 45 points – tied for the second-highest total in both UTEP and Conference USA history – as UTEP ran away from East Carolina, 100-76, on Saturday at the Don Haskins Center. The Miners maintained their perch atop C-USA with their ninth straight conference victory, tying a school record originally achieved during the 1954-55 season. UTEP is now 19-5 overall and 10-1 in league action. The Miners will shoot for their second consecutive 20-win season – and 23rd overall – when they return to action on Saturday, Feb. 20 at Tulsa. The game will be nationally televised on CBS College Sports beginning at 2 p.m. MT. The 2009-10 Miners are the 11th team in school history to enjoy a winning streak of nine games or more. UTEP had never started 10-1 in league play in 67 seasons of conference affiliations. Culpepper set UTEP and C-USA records for points in a half by exploding for 31 in the opening 20 minutes versus the Pirates (8-17, 2-9 C-USA). He finished 14-for-18 from the field, 9-for-12 from three-point range and 8-for-12 from the line. Two years ago, UTEP’s Stefon Jackson scored 30 points in the second half versus East Carolina in the Haskins Center. The UTEP record for points in a game is 51 by Jim Barnes versus Western New Mexico on Jan. 4, 1964. Culpepper matched the 45 scored by Antoine Gillespie in an overtime game at Hawaii on Feb. 17, 1994. "What can you say about Randy (Culpepper)," UTEP coach Tony Barbee said. "Just an electric performance. When he gets it going like that, it's like he's shooting a golf ball into that hoop." "It was a great feeling," Culpepper said. "I haven't shot like that since I've been here at UTEP. Once I hit those couple of 3’s I told Julyan Stone, 'Keep coming to me, tonight is going to be a career night'. Tonight it felt like I was in high school all over again, because during my high school days I did that consistently.”

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