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UTEP 78, Rice 64

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).

Arsalan Kazemi led Rice with 12 points. Lawrence Ghoram added 11 points.

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).