UConn beats No. 21 SMU 68-62 in AAC

Connecticut's Daniel Hamilton (5) and Shonn Miller, left, fight for a loose ball with SMU's Ben Moore (00) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Hartford, Conn., on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Fred Beckham)
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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Amida Brimah had 16 points, eight rebounds and five blocks as UConn improved its NCAA Tournament resume with a 68-62 victory over No. 21 SMU on Thursday night.

Brimah was playing in his sixth game since returning from a broken finger.

Daniel Hamilton scored 14 points and made two key free throws late for the Huskies (19-7, 9-4 American) and Shonn Miller added 12 points and seven rebounds.

Nic Moore scored 14 points and Ben Moore had 13 points and 12 rebounds for SMU (21-4, 9-4).

A dunk by Brimah on a lob pass from Omar Calhoun capped an 8-0 run that gave the Huskies a 61-52 lead with just under 5 minutes left in the game.

SMU cut the lead to two points with just over a minute left, but missed its final four shots.

The Mustangs, who are ineligible for postseason play, are 3-4 since their 18-0 start to the season.