EL PASO, Texas (AP) - D'Andre Wright scored 25 points to help Tulsa secure a 74-70 victory over UTEP on Saturday night. Wright, who has missed several games this season due to injury, came into the game averaging 7.1 points per game.
"We got beat by a team that played better than we did," UTEP coach Tim Floyd said. "They got in the lane more than we did and, as a result, had higher percentage shots. We made a star out of D'Andre Wright. We didn't know who he was before tonight."
Tulsa (13-11, 5-5 Conference USA) also got 13 points from Kauri Black and 12 points from Rashad Ray.
Wright had eight rebounds, Shaquille Harrison had eight assists and Black had three steals.
Tulsa had a 44-21 scoring advantage off the bench and 34-24 edge in the paint.
Konner Tucker led four men in double figures for UTEP (13-9, 6-3) with 17 points, including three 3-point baskets.
McKenzie Moore scored 14, Jacques Streeter had 11 with three 3-pointers and Julian Washburn had 10. Cedric Lang was the game's top rebounder with 15.
The Golden Hurricane gave the Miners fits with good defense and built a 35-27 advantage. However, UTEP made a game of it, taking a 51-50 lead with just over five minutes to play.
But Tulsa bounced back, making clutch free throws and getting a clutch three-pointer from senior Scottie Haralson down the stretch. TU made 9-of-12 free throws in the final 3:09 of the game to hold on for the win.