Tulsa 65, El Paso 54

Friday, February 4th 2005, 6:47 am
By: News On 6

TULSA, Okla. (AP) _ Jarius Glenn scored 18 points as Tulsa beat Texas-El Paso 65-54 in a Western Athletic Conference game.

Glenn's trey gave TU breathing room at 59-53 with 2:15 left after the Miners had wiped out an early 17-point TU lead.

UTEP trailed 31-18 at intermission, but guard Filberto Rivera spurred a 13-2 run early in the second half to forge a 40-40 tie.

A 3-pointer by Brett McDade put Tulsa ahead to stay at 45-42, followed by a short jumper by Oswaldo Gonzalez. McDade made a 3-point play with 6:25 left to give Tulsa a 52-44 advantage.

UTEP pulled within 56-53 before Glenn's big 3-pointer off an inbounds play that started with three seconds on the shot clock.

Rivera had 17 points for UTEP, followed by Omar Thomas with 13.

The victory improves Tulsa to 5-and-14 overall and 2-and-8 in the conference. UTEP falls to 17-and-5 and 7-and-3 in the conference.