NEW ORLEANS -- Konner Tucker scored 14 points and Texas-El Paso defeated Tulane 66-57 Wednesday night in the Conference USA opener for both teams.
The Miners (7-6, 1-0), who led just 28-26 at halftime, outscored the Green Wave 38-31 in the second half. UTEP scored 18 of the first 23 points after the break to open up a 46-31 lead. Tulane (12-4, 0-1) would cut that lead to single digits with just under 4:00 left, but never got closer than five points.
Tucker's 14 points included 12 on four 3-pointers. The Miners were 6 of 13 from long range, Tulane just 3 of 14.
Overall, UTEP was 24 of 48 from the floor (50 percent) while the Green Wave hit just 20 of 60 shots (33.3 percent).
Ricky Tarrant led Tulane with 18 points.
SMU has signed a second player from Australia, 6-foot-11 forward Harry Froling, to a national letter of intent. The Mustangs previously signed guard Tom Wilson from Australia.
There's nothing to suggest the Jayhawks won't end up atop the Big 12 for a 13th season in a row. But what about a return to the Final Four?
Colorado State graduate transfer John Gillon has chosen Syracuse, giving the Orange a potential starter at point guard entering the 2016-17 season.
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