EL PASO, Texas -- Randy Culpepper scored 24 points and UTEP shot almost 60 percent in an 82-74 victory over Marshall on Wednesday night.
UTEP (22-8, 10-5 Conference USA) is tied with Tulsa for second place, one game behind UAB.
Tirrell Baines' double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds paced the Thundering Herd (20-10, 8-7), whose five-game winning streak ended. DeAndre Kane added 20 points, including four 3-pointers, and Damier Pitts scored 12.
UTEP shot 59.6 percent (31 of 52) to 38.9 percent (28 of 72) for Marshall. But the Herd outrebounded UTEP 47-31.
The Miners did not trail after falling behind 11-10 with 15:28 left in the first half, but they never led by more than 12.
Terrance Ferguson, a lottery possibility for the 2017 NBA draft, has withdrawn his commitment to Arizona and will play overseas next season.
College basketball coaches across the country will hit the recruiting trail hard in July to target the Class of 2017's top prospects. Which players are the nation's top programs targeting?
With only a handful of players expected to return after next season, John Calipari has Kentucky in the mix for nearly every elite 2017 prospect.
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