Tulsa 88, UTEP 76

Sunday, February 10th 2002, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

EL PASO, Texas (AP) _Kevin Johnson paced a balanced scoring attack with 20 points to lead Tulsa to an 88-76 victory over Texas-El Paso on Saturday night.

UTEP kept it close as Tulsa (20-4, 11-2 Western Athletic Conference) led 61-59 with 12:08 left. But Tulsa went on a 21-7 run to take an 82-66 lead with 5:43 left.

UTEP didn't get any closer than 10 points the rest of the way.

Dante Swanson scored 17 points for the Golden Hurricane while Greg Harrington and Jason Parker added 14 points apiece.

Antonio Reed scored 11 points and dished out seven assists.

Justino Victoriano had 19 points to lead UTEP (9-16, 3-10).

Eugene Costello added 15 points, Victor Luces scored 12 and Roy Smallwood had 10.

Tulsa went 10-of-20 on 3-point attempts, including 7-of-11 in the first half.