Reed Leads Rebels To 68-58 Win Over UTEP

Dec 23, 2001

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EL PASO, Texas (AP) - Justin Reed scored 21 points to lead Mississippi to a 68-58 win over Texas-El Paso in the championship game of the Sierra Providence SunClassic Basketball Tournament on Saturday night.

Trailing 29-28 with 17:41 remaining in the second half, Mississippi (9-2) went on a 19-4 run to take a comfortable 47-34 lead with 8:37 left.

After Brian Stewart's basket at the 19:46 mark of the second half, UTEP went 14 minutes without scoring from the floor, missing 13 straight shots.

Reed, who was named the tournament's most valuable player, was 11-of-12 from the free throw line and scored nine of his points during the Rebels' crucial second-half run.

Derrick Allen, Aaron Harper and Emmanuel Wade scored 11 points apiece for the Rebels. Allen, who was also named to the all-tournament team, led the Rebels with nine rebounds.

Jason Harrison led Mississippi with six assists.

UTEP (5-6) was led by Eugene Costello, who finished with 18 points. Costello, who was UTEP's representative on the all-tournament team, hit all eight of his free throw attempts but was 0-for-7 from beyond 3-point line.

Stewart was the only other Miner in double figures with 11 points.

The Rebels were 30-of-37 from the free throw line while the Miners were 17-of-22.

 

 

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