Recap: Southern Methodist 74, Connecticut 65
Southern Methodist 74, No. 15 Connecticut 65: Nic Moore matched a career high with 20 points and handed out six assists as the host Mustangs handed the Huskies their second straight surprising loss in the state of Texas.
Nick Russell added 14 points and seven rebounds for SMU (11-3, 1-1 AAC), which won for the sixth time in seven games. The Mustangs, who entered Saturday ranked third in the country in field-goal percentage defense, held Connecticut (11-3, 0-2) to 36.7 percent.
Ryan Boatright scored 15 points while Lasan Kromah and Shabazz Napier contributed 12 apiece to pace the Huskies. DeAndre Daniels chipped in with 11 for Connecticut, which also lost its conference opener at Houston on Tuesday.
Moore tallied 15 first-half points, including 10 during a 17-6 surge, to help SMU establish a six-point advantage before Boatright sank a 3-pointer in the closing seconds to put Connecticut ahead by one at the break. The lead switched hands four times early in the second half until Keith Frazier knocked down a 3-pointer to spark a 7-0 spurt and give the Mustangs a 47-41 advantage.
Napier drained a jumper to pull within three, but the Huskies went nearly five minutes without a field goal while Russell began to take over with nine points during a 16-7 run to stretch the Mustangs' margin to 12. Markus Kennedy carried the offense thereafter, contributing eight of SMU's final 10 points to seal the victory.
GAME NOTEBOOK: SMU, which played in front of a home sellout crowd for the first time since 2001 following the completion of a $47 million renovation at Moody Coliseum, has won both all-time meetings between the schools. … Connecticut, which shot 46.5 percent beyond the arc during its season-opening nine-game winning streak, is converting 30.4 percent from the 3-point line since after a 5-for-16 effort Saturday. … The Mustangs have held 12 of their 14 opponents below 40 percent from the field.
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