By STEPHEN HAWKINS, AP Basketball Writer
DALLAS (AP) — Nick Russell had 15 points to go with several big steals, and coach Larry Brown's SMU Mustangs stayed undefeated at home with a 76-55 victory Saturday night over No. 7 Cincinnati, ending the Bearcats' 15-game winning streak.
SMU (19-5, 8-3 American Athletic Conference) has already beaten three Top 25 opponents in seven games since moving into the renovated Moody Coliseum on campus five weeks ago.
Before that, the Mustangs hadn't defeated a ranked opponent anywhere since December 2003, and hadn't had multiple wins against Top 25 teams in the same season since 1984-85, the last time SMU appeared in the poll.
Russell had two steals in less than a minute that led to breakaway baskets, with a 3-pointer by Nic Moore in between, to cap an 11-0 run by the Mustangs after Cincinnati (22-3, 11-1) cut the gap to 48-41 midway through the second half.
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