SMU opened the 2nd half with a 21-2 run to blow past ECU, 82-54, in the American Athletic Conference opener for both teams Wednesday night. 

Jahmal McMurray scored 20 points for the Mustangs. Four other SMU players scored in double figures.

Freshman Jayden Gardner scored 16 points and hauled in 7 rebounds to lead ECU.

The Pirates fall to 7-6 on the season and host Cincinnati on Saturday at 1pm at Williams Arena.