HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Markus Kennedy scored 12 of his 17 points in the second half to lead No. 20 SMU into the finals of the American Athletic Conference tournament with a 69-56 win over Temple.

Cannen Cunningham and Yanick Moreira each added 11 points for the Mustangs (26-6), who came into the tournament as the league’s regular-season champions.

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Quenten DeCosey had 14 points for Temple (23-10), which lost for the first time in five games and now must wait to see if it has done enough to earn an NCAA Tournament berth.

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SMU trailed by as many as 10 points in the first half, and didn’t lead until Kennedy hit two free throws with 16:40 left in the game. That was part of an 18-4 run that turned a 34-31 deficit into a 49-38 lead and put the Mustangs in control.

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