UConn falls to SMU, 79-75
Dallas — Feron Hunt scored a career-high 23 points and was 4-for-4 at the free throw line in the last 16 seconds as SMU held off UConn, 79-75, Wednesday night.
Hunt scored double his season average going 8-for-9 from the floor with a pair of 3-pointers and seven rebounds. Kendric Davis added 19 points on 7-for-11 shooting with six assists, Emmanuel Bandoumel scored 13 points with six rebounds and three steals as the Mustangs (17-6, 7-4 American Athletic Conference) shot 55% as a team (28-for-51).
Freshman James Bouknight scored over 20 points for the third straight game, finishing with 21 to pace UConn (13-11, 4-7).
The Huskies trailed by as many as 15 after halftime before rallying to within seven points or fewer for the final six minutes.After Hunt buried a 3 that gave SMU a 59-44 lead, Bouknight scored on a drive to begin an 18-10 rally for the Huskies and he capped it five minutes later with a 3-pointer making the score 69-62.
UConn came within a basket six times down the stretch but SMU had an answer each time and Hunt sealed it from the line in the final seconds.
Freshman Jalen Gaffney added 13 points and sophomore Brendan Adams 11 for UConn, which had won three of its last four games prior to Wednesday. The Huskies have lost eight games by single digits this season.
They've never won at SMU, losing all seven trips there. The Mustangs improved to 13-1 at home this season.
SMU matches up against Houston at home on Saturday. UConn host Memphis on Sunday afternoon in Hartford.
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The Huskies (24-3, 14-0) had already clinched their seventh AAC regular season title.
UConn can accomplish something on Wednesday it failed to do in the previous three seasons.