TOP 25: No. 13 Louisville 82, Temple 58
Montrezl Harrell scored a career-high 22 points and visiting Louisville built a 30-point, first-half lead en route to an easy victory over Temple on Friday night.
Russ Smith added 15 points to help the Cardinals (20-4, 9-2 American Athletic Conference) improve to 7-1 in their last eight games.
Wayne Blackshear finished with 13 points, Luke Hancock scored 11, and Harrell had 10 rebounds and four blocks in the game postponed a day because of a snowstorm that hit Philadelphia.
Anthony Lee and Will Cummings led Temple (6-17, 1-10) with 14 points apiece. The Owls shot 37.3 percent from the field to drop their fourth game in a row and fall into a tie for last place in the conference with Central Florida.
Dalton Pepper, Temple’s leading scorer, was held to seven points on 3-for-10 shooting.
No. 23 SMU 77, Rutgers 65
Nic Moore scored 16 of his 21 points in the second half and visiting Southern Methodist won as a ranked team for the first time in 29 years.
Nick Russell had 16 points and Cannen Cunningham scored 10 off the bench as the Mustangs (20-5, 9-3 American Athletic Conference) reached the 20-win plateau for just the second time in 13 years.
Myles Mack had 17 points and Kadeem Jack scored 15 for the Scarlet Knights (10-15, 4-8), who were swept in the season series against surging SMU.
The Mustangs led for the game’s final 32 minutes to win their fourth in a row and for the ninth time in 10 games.
SMU was playing its first game as a ranked team since the 1984-85 season,
SMU held Rutgers without a field goal over the final 6:17 of the first half and went into halftime with a 36-29 advantage.
The Scarlet Knights used a 7-0 run to rally within 41-40 with 15 minutes to play, but Moore drilled three 3-pointers during a 14-2 run to extend the Mustangs’ advantage to 12.
Rutgers, which lost to SMU 70-56 in Dallas on Jan. 21, never got within six points the rest of the way.
Moore made five of his nine 3-pointers, helping SMU shoot 8-for-18 from beyond the arc.