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.
Maryland point guard Melo Trimble has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return to College Park for his junior season, sources told ESPN.
Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku, who recently underwent a medical procedure to correct a heart rhythm issue detected during the combine, will keep his name in the NBA draft pool.
Andrew White III will return to the Nebraska men's basketball team next season after removing his name from the NBA draft.
|Stephen F. Austin||18-0||-||28-6|
|Sam Houston State||12-6||6||18-16|
|Texas San Antonio||3-15||13||5-27|