Cougars Earn C-USA Third Seed With 74-67 Win Over UTEP

    Marcus Malone scored 19 against the Miners (File Photo)
    Marcus Malone scored 19 against the Miners (File Photo)
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    HOUSTON (AP) - Robert McKiver and Marcus Malone each scored 19 points, and Houston clinched the third seed in the Conference USA tournament with a 74-67 win over UTEP on Saturday night.

    Malone and McKiver combined to make eight 3-pointers for Houston (16-4, 10-6), which won its seventh straight at home and avenged a road loss to the Miners earlier this season.

    Stefon Jackson led UTEP (15-15, 6-9) with 25 points and Victor Ramalho had 10 rebounds. Jackson was 10-of-14 from the floor, but his teammates combined to shoot just 27 percent from the field.

    Jahmar Thorpe added 14 points for the Cougars, who set a school record for Conference USA wins in a season.

    The Miners, who are 2-9 in their 11 games, will be the No. 10 seed in the conference tournament.



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