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NCAA Game Summary - UCF at SMU



(Saturday, March 1st)

Final Score: (23) SMU 70, UCF 55

Dallas, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Markus Kennedy scored 18 points, Nick Russell had 15 and No. 23 SMU beat UCF 70-55 on Saturday to win its first home game as a ranked team in 29 years.

Nic Moore added 13 points and Ryan Manuel scored 10 for the Mustangs (23-6, 12-4 American), who have won three in a row and 12 of their last 14 games.

Isaiah Sykes had 18 points to lead UCF (11-16, 3-13), which has lost three of four.

Ranked in the top 25 this season for the first time since 1985, SMU continues to look like a lock to make its first NCAA tournament since 1993.

Saturday's game was the first for the Mustangs at home as a ranked team since March 9, 1985. The next will come Wednesday against No. 7 Louisville, which fell to Memphis on Saturday. SMU also has a regular-season game left against Memphis.

Mustangs coach Larry Brown, despite the 15-point win, said he didn't like the way his team played.

"I have a lot of respect for Central Florida. I watched them come back the other night from 19 down," Brown said. "But we didn't play like a ranked team. We took bad shots."

SMU moved to 15-0 as the home team this season, leading all the way against UCF after opening the game on an 18-4 run. Russell had 10 points during the surge, connecting on a pair of 3-pointers.

The Mustangs held the Knights to 37.5 percent shooting, including 28.6 percent from 3-point range.

UCF cut its deficit to four points with a 13-3 surge later in the first half but SMU built its lead to 34-23 at halftime and it wasn't in single digits again until late in the second half.

Kennedy had five points in a 6-1 burst that moved it back to double digits for the last 1 1/2 minutes.

Game Notes

UCF's remaining regular-season games are against Temple and Houston ... SMU beat UCF on the road 58-46 on Jan. 18.

03/01 22:22:22 ET

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