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Perez scores 20, Collins leads late rally as Arizona State defeats SMU 76-74

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Jose Perez scored 20 points, Frankie Collins added 17, and Arizona State rallied in the second half to defeat SMU 76-74 on Wednesday night.

Tyreek Smith, Chuck Harris and Zhuric Phelps scored four points each — all in the paint — and the Mustangs broke open a close game near the midway point of the second half, leading 63-50. But Arizona State, which is accustomed to second-half comebacks, stormed back to take a 68-66 lead at the 5-minute mark. The 16-5 run began with a 3-pointer from Collins and was capped off by three consecutive dunks, two of them by Collins.

The Sun Devils pushed their lead to six while SMU was mired in a 1-for-10 shooting slump. SMU got within three points twice in the final minute, but Arizona State made enough free throws to lead by five with three seconds left. SMU’s Phelps made a 3-pointer at the buzzer for the final margin.

It was Arizona State’s 41st win after trailing at halftime in the Bobby Hurley era (seven seasons).

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The Sun Devils cashed in with 32 free throws in 43 attempts to overcome 36.5% shooting. SMU shot 45.3% and made 10 more field goals than Arizona State but was only 10 for 19 from the line.

Phelps led SMU (6-4) with 24 points and nine rebounds. Harris scored 17 and Smith added 12.

Alonzo Gaffney added 12 points for Arizona State (6-2).

Sparked by a personal 7-0 run from Kamari Lands, the Sun Devils built an eight-point lead near the 12-minute mark of the first half. The Mustangs came right back and after opening the game 6 of 17 from the field, they made five of their next 10 and tied it at 26 on a three-point play by Phelps. Later in the half, a 7-0 run put the Mustangs up by six points and they went on to lead 40-36 at the break.

Arizona State plays at San Diego on Saturday. SMU will visit Florida State on Dec. 16.

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