EL PASO, Texas (AP) -Randy Culpepper scored 24 points and Derrick Caracter finished with 15 points and 15 rebounds as UTEP defeated Norfolk State 93-56 in the first round of the Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational on Monday night.
The Miners (8-2) shot 59 percent in the first half to take control of the game and build a 56-21 lead.
Michael Deloach scored 18 points to lead the Spartans (1-9).
Arnett Moultrie added 19 points and Claude Britten 10 for UTEP, which shot only 27 percent in the second half but was never threatened.
The Miners will play either Air Force or Niagara in the invitational championship game Tuesday.
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