No. 8 SMU still only unbeaten after 77-73 win over Houston

Houston guard Damyean Dotson goes up for a shot between SMU's Nic Moore (11) and Shake Milton (1) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

DALLAS (AP) Nic Moore had 23 points and had some part in five consecutive SMU baskets down the stretch as the eighth-ranked Mustangs remained Division I's only undefeated team with a 77-73 victory over feisty Houston on Tuesday night.

Markus Kennedy had 16 points and 10 rebounds, and his two free throws with 5:35 left broke the game's 12th and final tie to put the Mustangs (18-0, 7-0 AAC) ahead to stay. Kennedy's tip-in a minute earlier tied the game and was part of an 8-0 spurt.

Moore, the senior point guard, then had consecutive baskets before missing two in a row – one tipped in by Sterling Brown and the other followed by Ben Moore to make it 67-64.

Damyean Dotson was on the 3-point line for a long jumper that got the Cougars (13-5, 3-3) within a point before Nic Moore's pass to Brown for a 3-pointer.