SMU beats Texas-Pan American 82-56

The Associated Press

GARLAND, Texas (AP) -- Markus Kennedy came off the bench to score a team-high 17 points, 14 in the second half, as SMU closed out the home-away-from-home portion of its 2013-14 schedule by defeating Texas-Pan American 82-56 on Wednesday night.

The 17 points represented a season high for Kennedy, in his first season with SMU after transferring from Villanova. Ryan Manuel added 14 for SMU, and Nick Russell contributed a season-high 9 assists.

UTPA trailed 26-22 with 7:14 to play in the first half before SMU went on an 11-3 run to build a 12-point advantage, its largest of the opening half.

Three minutes into the second half, the SMU lead was only 43-38 before the Mustangs scored six consecutive points on a combination of drives and layups to move ahead 49-38. SMU's largest lead was 25 points.

SMU was nearly as efficient from behind the 3-point arc (7 of 15) than it was at the free-throw line (15 of 32). The Mustangs outscored the visitors 30-20 on points in the paint, outrebounding UTPA 45-35 after being outrebounded 21-14 during the first half.

SMU freshman guard Keith Frazier, a highly recruited hometown prospect averaging 6.0 points and 17.6 minutes off the bench, hurt his right ankle midway through the second half and didn't return to the game.

The Mustangs (9-2) swept six home games played at the Curtis Culwell Center in an eastern suburb of their hometown of Dallas while their long-time campus arena, Moody Coliseum, underwent $47 million of renovations. SMU will next play a home game at Moody on Jan. 4 against Connecticut in its home debut as a member of the American Athletic Conference.

UTPA (4-9), in its first season in the Western Athletic Conference, suffered its fifth consecutive defeat. The Broncs were led by Javorn Farrell with 23 points and Shaquille Boga with 12.

The Broncs went into the game averaging just under 17 3-point attempts per game but exceeded that figure in the first half alone in trying to counter the taller Mustangs. UTPA hit 5 of 17 3-point shots during the first half then went 1 for 11 from behind the arc in the second half.

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