EL PASO, Texas - UTEP used a 19-5 run midway through the second half to break open a close game and take a 70-50 win against the University of Houston men's basketball team Saturday night inside the Don Haskins Center.
The Cougars moved to within 38-37 with 16:43 remaining when senior guard Darian Thibodeaux swiped a Miner pass and raced down the court to lay it up and in. Unfortunately, that would be as close as the Cougars would get the rest of the way.
UTEP used a 19-5 run during the next 9:41 and built a 57-42 lead when guard Julian Washburn hit a jumper with just 7:02 remaining. The Cougars could manage no more than three unanswered points the rest of the way.
Redshirt freshman guard Joseph Young led the Cougars with 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting, including 3-of-6 from behind the arc.
With the loss, the Cougars saw their season-long five-game winning streak come to an end and dropped to 9-6 overall and 1-1 in C-USA games. UTEP improved to 8-8 overall and 1-1 in C-USA play.
UTEP forward Gabriel McCulley led all players with 22 points and added a team-high four assists. Washburn finished with 19 points, while John Bohannon posted 14 points with a game-high 11 rebounds and two blocked shots.
The Cougars travel to the eastern end of Conference USA when they meet UCF at 6 p.m. (CST)/7 p.m. (EST) inside the UCF Arena in Orlando.
The Cougars don't return to the friendly confines of Hofheinz Pavilion until 8 p.m., Saturday, when they play host to Memphis. That game will be televised live on CBS Sports Network.
Fans can hear all Cougar Basketball games live on SportsTalk 790 AM with Tom Franklin calling the play-by-play action and Cougar legend Elvin Hayes providing analysis. The pregame show is slated to begin 15 minutes before tipoff.
Fans can follow live scoring by clicking the "GameTracker" link at UHCougars.com.
Fans also can watch live video and hear live audio via Cougar All-Access at UHCougars.com. Fans should note that a charge is required to watch and hear streamed games on-line.
Single-game tickets are now on sale at the Houston Athletics Ticket Office. In addition, fans also can purchase the Conference USA Pack, which includes eight exciting league games.
In the C-USA Pack, fans can buy Reserved seating to all Saturday men's home games for $99 with General Admission tickets available for only $75.
With the purchase of the Family Fun Plan, fans receive 2 adult and 2 youth general admission tickets to all Saturday C-USA games for only $159. Tickets for additional children are available for only $40 each in this Plan.
Fans can purchase their tickets by calling 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or by visiting UHCougars.com and clicking the Tickets tab and following the appropriate links or by clicking the Tickets link here.