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Southern Meth. 74, Kent 68

December 7, 1996

KENT, Ohio (AP) _ Jay Poerner scored 23 points, including 13 in the second half as Southern Methodist overcame a 20-point deficit to defeat Kent 74-68 Saturday.

Stephen Woods and Bobby Dimson each had 14 points and Jermeil Rich 12 as the Mustangs (4-1) staged what SMU sports information officials at the game said was the biggest comeback in school history.

D.J. Bosse put in 25 points and Art Robertson 23 for the Golden Flashes (1-4).

Kent led by as much as 41-21 on a 3-pointer by Scott Effertz with 4:07 left in the first half, but SMU scored the last seven points of the half to make the score 41-28 at the break.

An 11-0 run in the second half was the key to the Mustangs’ comeback. Kent had gone ahead 60-48 on a basket by Bosse with 9:39 to play, but the run reduced the margin to 60-59 with 6:12 to go. Woods made 3-pointers at the beginning and end of SMU’s streak.

The Mustangs went ahead for good 63-62 on a layup by Rich with 3:32 left and never trailed after that.

SMU was 16-for-28 from the floor for 57 percent in the second half after going 12-for-29 for 41 percent in the first half. Kent made 16 of 30 field goal attempts for 53 percent in the opening 20 minutes, but was held to 9 of 25 for 36 percent in the final half.

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