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The Associated Press

DALLAS Nic Moore and Nick Russell each scored 16 points as SMU rallied from a 10-point first-half deficit to defeat LSU 80-67 on Monday night to advance to the third round of the NIT.

The Mustangs (25-9), seeded first in their region, will host the winner of Monday night's late game between No. 2 Arkansas and No. 3 California on Wednesday.

LSU (20-14), seeded fifth, finished with its most wins since 2008-09. The Tigers were led by Johnny O'Bryant III with 16 points.

An alley-oop pass from Anthony Hickey to Jarell Martin gave the Tigers a 38-28 lead with 3:35 to play in the first half. SMU closed the gap to 40-35 at halftime, and then went on a 26-9 run over the first 81/2 minutes of the second half to put the game away.

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