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SMU puts 4 in double figures to beat South Florida 83-49

January 1, 2015

PARK, Texas (AP) — SMU opened the American Athletic Conference with a bang on Wednesday, walloping South Florida 83-49 with Ben Moore scoring 15 points and Keith Frazier 14.

The Mustangs (10-3, 1-0) won the opening tip, scored within seconds on a Yanick Moreira jumper and knocked down three of their first four shots to lead 7-0 in a little over two minutes. They never trailed and went into halftime 49-15 on back-to-back-to-back 3-pointers.

Justin Martin scored 11 and Moreira added 10 as SMU finished with 52-percent shooting and canned 5 of 9 3-pointers.

Chris Perry scored 12 for South Florida (6-8, 0-1) and Bo Zeigler added 11.

The 49 points was the most in the first half for SMU, who rang out the old year on an eight-game winning streak. The Mustangs’ losses came within eight days of each other to teams now ranked or receiving votes — No. 7 Gonzaga, Indiana and Arkansas.

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