Falcons Fall to UTEP, 58-47, in Sun Bowl Title Game
Dec. 30, 2009
EL PASO, Texas (AP) - Randy Culpepper and Christian Polk had 14 points each to lead UTEP in a 58-47 victory over Air Force in the championship game of the Sun Bowl Invitational Tuesday night.
Derrick Caracter grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds to go with nine points for the Miners (9-2).
Michael Lyons scored 10 points to lead Air Force (7-5), which shot just 25 percent (4-of-16) from three-point range.
UTEP led 25-18 at halftime and built a 36-25 advantage with 14:42 to play. The Falcons clawed as close as 38-36 with an 11-2 run, sparked by seven points from Lyons, but never got any closer.
With UTEP leading 50-44 with 4 minutes left, a layup by Polk sparked an 8-0 run as UTEP sealed the victory.
The Miners scored 18 points off of 16 Air Force turnovers. The Falcons converted 16 UTEP miscues for just four points.
Culpepper was named the tournament's most valuable player, while Air Force junior Evan Washington was named to the all-tournament team.
The Falcons return home to face Texas-Pan American in their final non-conference game on Saturday, Jan. 2 at 7 p.m.