UTEP (14-10, 7-4 Conference USA) came into the game aiming to tighten its defense after the Miners' two previous opponents scored 74 and 79 points while shooting 49.5 percent from the floor. That mission was accomplished, as the Knights (17-8, 7-4) shot 20 of 62 (32.3 percent) from the floor and tied their fourth-lowest point total of the season.
A 16-4 run over a 5:43 stretch of the second half gave UTEP control. Tucker and McKenzie Moore had five points each during the surge, which culminated with Chris Washburn's jumper that made the score 57-38 with 10:22 remaining.
The Miners shot 52.9 percent (27 of 51) from the floor.
Former Michigan point guard Spike Albrecht will play for Purdue as a graduate transfer next season.
Only six major-conference teams have failed to win an NCAA tournament game since the turn of the century. When will each program snap the streak?
Bruce Weber's Kansas State team earned a share of the Big 12 title three years ago, but a lot has changed since then and the pressure is on.
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