No. 15 Southern Methodist stays unbeaten with 88-73 victory over Central Florida

No. 15 Southern Methodist stays unbeaten with 88-73 victory over Central Florida
SMU forward Ben Moore (00) celebrates after scoring against Central Florida in the first half Sunday. (Brandon Wade / Associated Press)

Ben Moore had a career-high 23 points, Nic Moore scored 20 and No. 15 Southern Methodist defeated Central Florida, 88-73, Sunday at Dallas.

The Mustangs (15-0, 4-0 American Athletic Conference) took control with an early 15-0 run that included a 57-second span with three three-point baskets.


Justin McBride had 20 points and nine rebounds for the Knights (8-6, 2-1).

Southern Methodist and No. 22 South Carolina (15-0) are the only undefeated Division I teams, but the Mustangs know they will play only 30 games this season because of a postseason ban as part of NCAA sanctions handed down last fall that included Coach Larry Brown being suspended for the team's first nine games.

The Mustangs have won all six games since Brown returned. But the 75-year-old coach wasn't on the bench after halftime Sunday because he wasn't feeling well. Brown experienced symptoms of vertigo.

No. 5 Michigan State 92, at Penn State 65: Bryn Forbes scored 20 points and had six of 10 three-point baskets by the Spartans (16-1, 3-1 Big Ten Conference).

Eron Harris and Gavin Schilling each scored 13 points for Michigan State.

Shep Garner had 19 points for the Nittany Lions (10-7, 1-3).

No. 11 Villanova 60, at No. 18 Butler 55: Josh Hart scored 22 points for the Wildcats (14-2, 4-0 Big East Conference), who have won six games in a row.

The Bulldogs (12-4, 1-3) were led by Roosevelt Jones with 20 points.

Butler led, 31-24, early in the second half but Villanova answered with a 14-0 run to retake the lead.

at Clemson 66, No. 16 Louisville 62: Jaron Blossomgame scored 17 points and Avry Holmes had 16 for the Tigers (10-6, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference).

Chinanu Onuaku led Louisville (13-3, 2-1) with 14 points. Scoring leader Damion Lee had six points on two-for-12 shooting and the Cardinals were three for 23 on three-point shots.

at Illinois 84, No. 20 Purdue 70: Malcolm Hill scored 30 points and Kendrick Nunn had 22 to lead the Illini (9-8, 1-3 Big Ten).

The Boilermakers (14-3, 2-2) were led by Caleb Swanigan and P.J. Thompson with 12 points each.

Illinois big men Michael Finke and Maverick Morgan helped hold Purdue's two 7-footers, A.J. Hammons and Isaac Haas, to a combined 16 points.