Halftime: UTEP 33, Butler 27

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Some quick thoughts...

  • Derrick Caracter scored at the buzzer to cap a very nice half, leading all scorers with 12 points and seven rebounds. He's 6-of-8 from the field and showing how important his transfer is to UTEP.

  • Randy Culpepper showed off his athleticism with a high-flying dunk on a breakaway, and he has eight points. Conference USA's player of the year is also doing on it defense with three steals.

  • Gordon Hayward has six after missing all three attempts from beyond the arc. Butler is 3-of-12 from 3-point range.

  • Shelvin Mack has six points for Butler, and the Bulldog are only 37.5 percent from the field.