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NCAA Game Summary - UTEP vs. Kansas



(Saturday, November 30th)

Final Score: (2) Kansas 67, UTEP 63

Nassau, Bahamas (SportsNetwork.com) - Perry Ellis paced all scorers with 19 points, while Wayne Selden Jr. chipped in with 14 as the second-ranked Kansas Jayhawks defeated the UTEP Miners, 67-63, in the third-place game of the Battle-4-Atlantis.

Naadir Tharpe scored 11 points for Kansas (6-1) and freshman phenom Andrew Wiggins was held to six points on 2-of-9 shooting.

McKenzie Moore led UTEP (4-4) with 15 points, while Justin Crosgile and Vince Hunter scored 14 and 10 points, respectively, off the bench for the Miners.

Playing a night after a heart-breaking loss to Villanova, Kansas showed no hangover effects and jumped out to a 15-2 lead in the first nine minutes of action.

The game was scoreless for the first four minutes before Selden hit a jumper then buried a 3-pointer to spark the run. Selden would add another trey, and Joel Embiid's three-point play capped the run at 10:57.

UTEP closed to within seven after a Matt Willms free throw with 33 seconds left in the half, but Selden hit a jumper with five seconds remaining to give the Jayhawks a 34-25 advantage at the break.

The Miners hung around for most of the second half, staying in striking distance of the Jayhawks and pulling to within seven after a 10-2 run with just over 11 minutes left in the game. McKenzie Moore capped the run with a 3- pointer to cut the deficit to 44-37.

The margin remained seven before Kansas used a 9-2 run to pull away, as Ellis' jumper extended the lead back to double digits, 59-45, with 2 1/2 minutes to play.

UTEP did not go away, however, countering the Kansas run with a 9-0 spurt of its own to cut the deficit to 59-54 with a 40 seconds left on the clock.

Kansas made 8-of-10 free throws down the stretch, but UTEP answered every time, including Moore who made three free throws after being fouled by Frank Mason with seven seconds left to pull within three, 66-63.

Ellis made 1-of-2 from the stripe and C.J. Cooper's 3-pointer was off the mark as Kansas held on.

Game Notes

The Miners have lost seven straight to ranked opponents since beating then-No. 25 UAB on Jan. 30, 2010, and 21 of the last 22 overall ... This was the first win for Kansas over UTEP. They lost the previous three matchups ... Kansas will travel to Colorado with a meeting against the Buffaloes next Saturday ... UTEP will face Sacramento State at home next Saturday.

11/30 22:51:45 ET

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Local
Final
CAR 4
TOR 1
Final
DUKE 66
UCONN 56
Final
CHI 103
NYK 97
Final
HOU 90
NOP 99
3rd
SAC 71
MIL 68
 
2nd
GSW 60
OKC 52
 
Final
RICE 72
STTHOMASTX 61
 
Final
UVA 70
CLST 54
Final
LIU 69
FIU 58
 
Final
STET 67
GSOUT 76
 
Final
QUIN 80
LEH 65
 
Final
SFLA 69
SHU 89
Final
RICH 65
SALA 54
Final
CAN 60
USB 59
 
Final
DEL 62
TEMPL 82
Final
WCU 56
WRST 69
 
Final
VERM 56
YALE 57
 
Final
SDKST 75
IDST 72
 
Final
RIDE 62
MRGST 48
 
Final
LATU 79
NICST 54
 
Final
CHAR 75
APP 65
Final
MISS 71
CCAR 68
 
Final
DUKE 66
UCONN 56
Final
BRAD 80
EUREK 38
 
Final
PEAY 76
OAKC 52
 
Final
JST 66
SMISS 46
 
Final
SD 55
MNTST 53
 
Final
UAB 70
LSU 79
Final
EVAN 81
OHIO 69
 
2nd
CSFU 62
CSDH 43
 
2nd
ORST 65
DEP 42
 
2nd
PAC 48
NEV 44
 
2nd
USF 77
PORST 37
 
2nd
IDAHO 75
WALLA 31
 
2nd
UTST 37
CALST 28
 
Final
PIT 1
COL 0
Final
PHI 1
FLA 2
Final
CAR 4
TOR 1
Final
CLB 4
WAS 5
Final
MON 1
ANA 2
2nd
SJS 2
EDM 1
 
2nd
LOS 1
STL 3
 
Final
JAC 21
TEN 13