HOUSTON (AP) - Markus Kennedy scored 17 points, Nic Moore had 15 and No. 25 SMU held off Houston 75-69 Thursday night.
Kennedy and Moore combined for 23 points in the second half as the Mustangs (20-5, 11-2 American Athletic Conference) extend their lead to 17 midway through the second half and fought off a furious Houston rally.
Ryan Manuel added 10 points for SMU, which moved into first place in the conference. The Mustangs shot 54 percent from the field, including 58 percent in the second half.
Jherrod Stiggers scored 17 points, LeRon Barnes added 14 points and 10 rebounds and Devonta Pollard added 13 points for the Cougars (9-14, 1-10), who shot 41 percent from the field and made 11 of 34 (32 percent) 3-pointers.
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