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Moore has big 2nd half, Kennedy leads No. 25 SMU with 18 points in 70-55 win over UCF

  • SMU forward Markus Kennedy (5) shouts after slam-dunking a ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Central Florida, Saturday, March 1, 2014, in Dallas. (AP Photo/John F. Rhodes)

    SMU forward Markus Kennedy (5) shouts after slam-dunking a ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Central Florida, Saturday, March 1, 2014, in Dallas. (AP Photo/John F. Rhodes)  (The Associated Press)

  • SMU center Cannen Cunningham (15) takes the ball past Central Florida forward Kasey Wilson (32) to the basket during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Saturday, March 1, 2014, in Dallas. (AP Photo/John F. Rhodes)

    SMU center Cannen Cunningham (15) takes the ball past Central Florida forward Kasey Wilson (32) to the basket during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Saturday, March 1, 2014, in Dallas. (AP Photo/John F. Rhodes)  (The Associated Press)

Markus Kennedy scored 18 points, Nic Moore had 11 of his 13 in the second half and No. 23 SMU took another step toward its first NCAA tournament berth in 21 years with a 70-55 victory against Central Florida on Saturday.

The Mustangs (23-6, 12-4 American Athletic) improved to 15-0 at home, with the last nine coming at newly renovated Moody Coliseum, going into their final home game Wednesday night against seventh-ranked Louisville. The Cardinals lost to No. 21 Memphis 72-66 on Saturday.

Moore, who also had game highs with six assists and four steals, had consecutive 3-pointers for a 45-27 lead with 13:53 remaining, pumping his arms wildly as he stomped up the court with a loud roar from the sixth sellout crowd since Moody reopened in January.

Isaiah Sykes had 18 points to lead UCF (11-16, 3-13).