UTEP Rips Alcorn State For Second-Biggest Win Ever

Dec. 19, 2009

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Derrick Caracter had a double-double for the second straight game as UTEP routed Alcorn State, 101-41, on Saturday afternoon for its second-largest win ever.

The 60-point margin of victory trails only the Miners' 109-47 trouncing of Fort Lewis on Nov. 26, 1988. UTEP scored over 100 points for the first time since Dec. 29, 2007 at Texas Southern, and for the third time under head coach Tony Barbee. The Miners are 24-0 all-time at home when hitting the century mark.

As expected, Alcorn State (0-11) provided the perfect foil for a UTEP team coming off back-to-back heartbreaking losses. The Braves have dropped 15 straight games dating back to last season.

Alcorn State did hang around for the first 13 minutes, trailing 22-16, before UTEP (6-2) closed the half with a 21-4 run to take a 43-20 lead into the intermission.

The Miners had runs of 16-0 and 8-0 in the second half as they stretched their lead to as many as 64 points before emptying the bench.

Jeremy Williams scored 19 points to lead nine UTEP reserves who combined to tally 42. The 19 points by Williams marked the most he has scored in a Division I game; he had 18 while wearing a Colorado uniform at Baylor during the 2007-08 season.

Arnett Moultrie (13 points), Christian Polk (13), Randy Culpepper (12) and Claude Britten (10) also scored in double figures for the Miners. UTEP had six players in double digits for the first time since Dec. 19, 2006 versus Texas State.

JaMarkus Holt had 13 points and 11 rebounds for Alcorn State, which shot 29.6 percent from the field, missed all six of its three-point attempts and was 9-for-20 from the line. The Braves turned the ball over 27 times, leading to 40 points for the Miners.

UTEP will face Oklahoma (8-3) as part of the Sonic All-College Basketball Classic on Monday at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City. Tip-off is set for 4:30 p.m. MT. In the nightcap of the event, Oklahoma State will meet La Salle at 6:30 p.m. MT. Both games will be nationally televised on ESPN2.



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