Larry Brown leads SMU to first win over ranked opponent since 1993 in 74-65 victory over no. 17 UConn

Dec 20, 2013; Laramie, WY, USA; Southern Methodist Mustangs head coach Larry Brown reacts against the Wyoming Cowboys during the first half at Arena-Auditorium. The Mustangs won 62-54. Mandatory Credit: Troy Babbitt-USA TODAY Sports

When former NBA and NCAA coaching legend Larry Brown took over the SMU basketball program in April of 2012, some were skeptical as to whether or not even someone of his stature could make the program relevant. Following the 15-17 first season, that skepticism grew. However, Brown signed a dynamite recruiting class which is always a good way to start in reinvigorating a program.

You know what else helps? When you begin to beat ranked opponents and that’s exactly what Brown and his team did on Saturday when they defeated 17th-ranked UConn at home, 74-65.

SMU was led by guard Nic Moore who dropped in 20 points on the afternoon with six assists and three rebounds. They also received a huge boost off the bench in the form of guard Lasan Kromah who added in 12 points and six rebounds with three assists.

UConn led by just one point at the half, but the Mustangs outscored the Huskies in the final 20 minutes, 42-32.

With the win, Brown and the Mustangs now sit at 11-3 on the year and a .500 record in the American Athletic Conference at 1-1. The loss drops UConn to 11-3 and 0-2 in AAC play to start the year.

Topics: Larry Brown, SMU Mustangs, UConn Huskies

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