DALLAS -- SMU re-christened Moody Coliseum with a 74-65 upset of No. 17 Connecticut on Saturday.
Point guard Nic Moore led SMU with 20 points and Nick Russell scored 14 in the Mustangs' first game back in their home arena following a $47-million renovation.
SMU shot 47 percent from the floor and was 7-of-16 from 3-point range to pull away from UConn late in the second half.
SMU (11-3, 1-1 in the American Athletic Conference) extended its lead to double digits for the first time with 4:30 remaining when Nick Russell finished off an alley-oop from Nic Moore.
The play got the sellout crowd of 7,166 on its feet.
UConn (11-3, 0-2) suffered its second loss in as many games on its Texas swing. The Huskies, ranked No. 17 in the AP poll and No. 15 in the USA Today coaches poll, lost at Houston, 75-71, on Tuesday.
Ryan Boatright led the Huskies with 15 points.
UConn shot 36.7 percent from the floor and was out-rebounded by SMU, 37-29.
Shabazz Napier, UConn's leading scorer with 16.3 points per game, was held to two points in the first half and finished with 12.
SMU took a 45-41 lead with 13:25 to play when freshman guard Keith Frazier hit a 3-pointer, then followed with a layup on a baseline drive.
SMU's lead grew to 47-41 on a short jumper by Ben Moore with 11:30 left.
The Mustangs went up 53-44, on Russell's corner 3-pointer with 7:06 showing.
The teams traded blows in the first half until SMU surged to a 30-24 lead on the strength of three Nic Moore 3-pointers. UConn then went on a 9-2 run, capped by a 3-pointer from Boatright, to take a 33-32 lead into halftime.
NOTES: Saturday's game was the unveiling of a fully-renovated Moody Coliseum, which originally opened in 1956. Upgrades included improved seating and concourses, a plethora of high-tech video boards and a row of luxury suites. ... Until Moody re-opened Mustangs played a handful of home games this season at an arena owned and operated by a suburban school district. ... SMU won the opening tip but missed three chances at scoring the first basket in the new Moody. That honor went to UConn's DeAndre Daniels with a baseline jumper 90 seconds in.