AP Basketball Writer
DALLAS (AP) - Jermaine Sanders scored 15 points, including one of two huge 3-pointers for Cincinnati as they started to pull away late in a 62-54 win over No. 23 SMU on Thursday night.
Sanders swished a 3-pointer from the right corner with 4:40 left to put the Bearcats (16-6, 7-3 American Athletic) up 53-46.
SMU (18-5, 9-2), in its first game since getting back in the Top 25 this week, pulled to 55-52 after Sterling Brown had a putback of his own shot after he had rebounded a Cincinnati miss and drove the court only to miss a layup.
With the shot clock running down after Cincinnati got the ball back, Shaq Thomas made a 3 from the right wing.
Farad Cobb and Troy Caupain each added 14 points for the Bearcats.
Cannen Cunningham led SMU with 14 points while Brown had 12.
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