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Temple avenges loss, beats Mustangs 71-64

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All six of the Mustangs losses this season have come on the road. Photo credit: Ryan Miller

Fueled by Dalton Pepper’s 24-point performance Sunday, Temple took down No. 23 SMU 71-64, putting an end to the Mustangs four-game winning streak.

The last time these two teams met, SMU was still unranked and the Mustangs beat Temple handily 75-52 Feb. 6.

On Sunday, not only did Temple avenge its previous loss to SMU, but it also knocked off its first top-25 opponent since 2010. Temple has now defeated a ranked team in its last seven seasons.

Not to take anything away from Temple’s hard fought win, but SMU beat itself just as much as it got beat: Temple had 13 more rebounds than the Mustangs, and SMU missed 12 free throws – shooting an abysmal 53.8 percent from the line.

Losing to Temple was a disappointing end to a week that saw the Mustangs enter the AP rankings for the first time in 29 years.

Temple was dead last in the American Athletic Conference and had an RPI of 175- such a loss could spell trouble for the Mustangs spot in the top 25.

The Mustangs got solid production Nic Moore, Markus Kennedy and Nick Russell who combined for 43 points.

Kennedy finished with 18 points and five rebounds, marking the 18th time he has scored in double digits.

Moore posted his 22nd double-digit performance of the season, marking the 10th time in 11 games he has scored 10 points or more.

SMU sits at 20-6 overall and 9-4 in American play. All of the Mustangs losses have come on the road, so a return to Moody Coliseum should help right the ship. SMU will host Houston Wednesday in front of a sell-out crowd. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. and the game will air on ESPNews.

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