COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) -- 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 on Tuesday night.
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 2 1/2 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.
Guard Naz Mitrou-Long, whose 2015-16 season ended in December due to hip problems, has been granted a hardship waiver for the coming season, Iowa State said.
As the Sooners look to life without superstar Buddy Hield and his sidekicks, it's clear their unseasoned players will need to grow up fast.
The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association says it won't move its headquarters, its basketball tournament or other conference championships from North Carolina, despite
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