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Culpepper torches Pirates

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Junior guard Randy Culpepper poured in 45 points, including 31 in a runaway first half, to propel league-leading Texas-El Paso to a 100-76 Conference USA victory over East Carolina Saturday night in the Don Haskins Center.

A game that was competitive during the first few minutes — ECU led 16-15 at the 12:52 mark — quickly transformed into a rout as the Miners exploded for 13 unanswered points in two minutes.

After a basket by East Carolina freshman guard Erin Straughn interrupted the barrage, UTEP responded with another 15-0 run over the next three minutes.

Culpepper punctuated a sensational first half performance by scoring his team's final 16 points of the frame as the Miners built a 63-33 halftime advantage.

Straughn came off the bench to pace East Carolina with 18 points on 7 of 10 from the field, including 4 of 6 from behind the arc.

Junior guard Brock Young had 13 points and freshman reserve guard Corvonn Gaines added 10 for the Pirates (8-17, 2-9 C-USA).

Junior forward Derrick Caracter supplemented Culpepper's production by contributing 13 points for the Miners (19-5, 10-1 C-USA).

Culpepper put on a shooting clinic on the night, making 14-18 field goal attempts, including 9-12 from three-point range.

UTEP boosted its margin to as much as 38 points on a three-pointer by Culpepper with 13:05 left in the game.

The Pirates returned to Greenville to spend the week before returning to Texas for another league matchup next Saturday at Rice (3 p.m.)

The Owls are in last place in the conference standings, half a game behind ECU. Rice claimed its only C-USA win when it defeated the Pirates 69-58 on Jan. 30 in Greenville.

BOX SCORE

TEXAS-EL PASO 100, EAST CAROLINA 76

Date: Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010
Place: Don Haskins Center, El Paso, TX
Attendance: 11,794
Officials: Kyle Neve, Brent Dugas, James Hicks
Technical Fouls: Young

SCORE BY PERIODS        1   2   FINAL
East Carolina          33  43 -   76
Texas-El Paso          63  37 -  100

EAST CAROLINA PIRATES (8-17, 2-9 C-USA)
PLAYER                      FG   3PT    FT   R  PTS  MIN
01 Morrow............. f   3-5   0-0   2-5   4    8   32
33 Wynn............... c   3-5   0-0   0-0   3    6   23
10 Young.............. g  2-10   1-4  8-10   2   13   30
21 Abrams............. g   3-5   1-2   1-3   6    8   20
24 Sherrod............ g   3-7   3-6   0-0   1    9   21
03 Sargent..............   0-0   0-0   0-0   0    0    1
11 Gaines...............   3-6   0-0   4-5   3   10   25
23 Straughn.............  7-10   4-6   0-0   4   18   20
30 Ellison..............   1-1   0-0   0-0   1    2    6
34 Salzano..............   0-0   0-0   2-2   0    2    1
42 Joyner...............   0-0   0-0   0-0   4    0   21
TEAM....................                     5
TOTALS.................. 25-49  9-18 17-25  33   76  200
PERCENT.................  51.0  50.0  68.0

TEXAS-EL PASO MINER (19-5, 10-1 C-USA)
PLAYER                      FG   3PT    FT   R  PTS  MIN
01 Moultrie........... f   4-7   0-1   1-2   2    9   27
04 Caracter........... f   5-9   1-1   2-2   9   13   28
34 Williams........... f   3-6   2-4   0-2   7    8   27
03 Culpepper.......... g 14-18  9-12  8-12   3   45   32
05 Stone.............. g   3-4   0-1   0-0   2    6   28
02 Tafoya...............   0-1   0-0   0-0   0    0    1
10 Mensa................   0-0   0-0   0-0   0    0    3
11 Strong...............   1-3   1-1   0-0   1    3   19
13 Portalatin...........   0-1   0-0   0-0   1    0    4
20 Gordon...............   1-1   0-0   0-0   1    2    3
31 Munoz................   0-0   0-0   0-0   0    0    1
32 Britten..............   3-4   0-0   0-0   1    6    6
41 Polk.................  3-11   2-7   0-0   1    8   21
TEAM....................                     0
TOTALS.................. 37-65 15-27 11-18  28  100  200
PERCENT.................  56.9  55.6  61.1

PAGE UPDATED 02/14/10 04:11 AM.

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