ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) It has been a difficult season for Southern Methodist University's basketball team, but the Mustangs managed to prolong it for at least another day after defeating the University of Connecticut 80-73 in the first round of the American Athletic Conference tournament.
The Mustangs got 23 points from Ben Emelogu, 21 from Akoy Agau and 19 from Jahmal McMurray, but still needed to make seven of eight free throws in the final 37 seconds to thwart a furious UConn rally.
SMU (17-15) advances to meet top-seeded Cincinnati in today's quarterfinal game.
"Some teams break, we just bent and that's what you have to do in March," Agau said after his team saw a 19-point with six minutes to go, slip to just four in the final minute.
'"'I've got to give (Connecticut) a lot of credit, they were fighting to the bitter end," SMU Coach Tim Jankovich said. "They started pressing making the game crazy but our guys handled that very well and hit free throws down the stretch." << Read more
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