UNCASVILLE, Conn. -- Kahleah Copper scored 22 points and Tyler Scaife added 18 to help No. 24 Rutgers rally to beat SMU 68-49 on Saturday in the American Athletic Conference quarterfinals.
Trailing 35-31 early in the second half, the Scarlet Knights (22-8) went on a 18-4 run to take control. Scaife had six points and Copper had five during the spurt.Scaife's two free throws made it 49-39 with 8:20 left in the game. SMU couldn't get closer than seven the rest of the way.The Scarlet Knights will play Connecticut in the semifinals on Sunday afternoon. The Huskies won 72-42 over Cincinnati. UConn beat Rutgers by 30 points on the road and by 37 in Storrs last week.Keena Mays scored 23 points to lead SMU (17-13). She helped the Mustangs build a 30-24 halftime lead hitting five 3-pointers in the first half. SMU scored the first five points before Rutgers went on a 16-0 run. Then Mays took over as the Mustangs outscored the Scarlet Knights 25-8.