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COL BKB: UTEP 52, Alabama-Birmingham 50

March 7, 2010 at 12:46 AM

EL PASO, Texas, March 7 (UPI) -- Derrick Caracter netted Texas-El Paso's last six points of the game, lifting the 21st-ranked Miners to a 52-50 squeaker over Alabama-Birmingham Saturday.

Caracter's dunk coming out of a UTEP timeout after UAB's Aaron Johnson had tied it 50-50 with six seconds left proved to be the game-winner.

Caracter ended with 13 points and six rebounds while Myron Strong added 15 points as UTEP (24-5, 15-1 C-USA) closed its regular season on a 14-game winning streak and claimed the top seed in next week's Conference USA Championship tourney in Tulsa.

In the tourney, UTEP will play the winner of Wednesday's game between the eighth- and ninth-seeded teams.

Johnson led UAB (23-7, 11-5) with 16 points while Elijah Millsap chipped in with 12 points and hauled down 14 rebounds in the loss.

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