UTEP Gets 79-76 Victory Over Marshall To Snap Losing Skid

Feb. 20, 2008

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Stefon Jackson hit a jumper with 13 seconds remaining to erase a 76-75 deficit, and Victor Ramalho made the game-clinching free throws with four seconds left as UTEP ended an 11-game Conference USA losing streak with a 79-76 victory at Marshall on Wednesday.

"It's absolutely a relief because this team has not shown any signs of giving up, and not shown any signs of quitting," UTEP coach Tony Barbee said. "Everything I've asked them to do, they're trying to give me 100 percent and I'm feeling good for them because their hard work is starting to pay off."

Jackson scored 28 points, Marvin Kilgore 13 and Randy Culpepper 10 for UTEP (15-9, 6-5 C-USA), which shot 51.7 percent in the second half after trailing 40-36 at the half.

"This was a night where other guys stepped up and made a difference," Barbee said. "I know what I'm getting from Stefon, Randy and Marvin." Julyan Stone made two three pointers after hitting three in the first 23 games combined, and Jeremy Sampson broke out of a shooting slump to score six points in 10 minutes.

UTEP was outrebounded 40-29, but compensated by committing only seven turnovers.

"That's one of our goals every game, to keep our turnovers under 10," Barbee said.

Tyler Wilkerson scored 18 points for Marshall (14-11, 6-6 C-USA), which dropped to 12-3 at home this season including 4-2 in C-USA home games. Marshall had knocked off UAB, Tulsa, East Carolina and Tulane in succession on its home court.

There were 13 ties and 23 lead changes in the game. UTEP took its first lead of the second half, 45-44, on a Jackson layup with 16:46 to play and the game was nip and tuck the rest of the way.

UTEP will host East Carolina on Saturday and UAB on Wednesday. Tip-off for both games is 7:05 p.m. MST.



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