EL PASO, Texas -- Jeremy Williams hit 6 of 7 3-pointers and scored 20 points as UTEP defeated Rice, 78-64, in Conference USA play on Saturday night.
Randy Culpepper hit four 3's and finished the game with 18 points. The Miners (22-5, 13-1) hit 12 of 25 (48.0 percent) from 3-point range.
The Owls (8-20, 1-13) were not as hot from long range hitting just 6 of 19 (31.6 percent).
Williams hit a 3-pointer with just 3-seconds left in the first half to give the Miners a 45-34 halftime lead.
The Miners were leading 62-48 with 12:02 left when they went on an 11-0 run to lead 73-48 and put the game away for sure.
UTEP finished in first place in the conference, while the Owls finished 12th (last).
Shooting guard Jaylen Nowell, ranked No. 45 in the ESPN 100, chose the Washington Huskies on Wednesday over California. As a junior he led Garfield Heights to a state championship and was named MVP of the tournament.
Donnie Tyndall has filed an appeal to reverse the 10-year show cause penalty he received from the NCAA in April for violations that occurred while he was coaching Southern Mississippi.
Top-50 prospect Jaylen Nowell committed to Washington on Wednesday. Nowell, a shooting guard, is No. 45 on the ESPN 100.
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