SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Justin Seymour and Brandon Taylor have been watching most of Utah's games from the end of the bench.

Against SMU, the two freshman guards found themselves playing key roles in Utah's 62-53 win on Tuesday night.

Seymour scored 11 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer, and Taylor scored 10 points in 12 minutes for the Utes, who avenged a 62-55 loss Nov. 28 at SMU.

"These young guys gave us an instant spark," said senior Jason Washburn, who had 10 points. "It's good for our program to see freshmen play like that. It makes the future look pretty bright."

Cannen Cunningham, who had 12 points for the Mustangs (8-3), had made a follow shot to tie the game at 51 with 3:04 to play. After Seymour's big shot, Jordan Loveridge muscled a tip-in just before the shot-clock buzzer to put Utah (7-3) ahead 56-51.

Nick Russell made a layup to cut the lead to 56-53, but the SMU bench complained throughout the ensuing timeout that a foul should have been called on Loveridge's basket. Coach Larry Brown and an assistant were both assessed technical fouls, and Jarred DuBois made four free throws to clinch the victory for the Utes, who have won five straight at home.

"That was just a referee trying to embarrass a team. You don't end a game like that," Brown said. "That being said, you have to be smarter than I was."

The Mustangs built an eight-point lead by holding the Utes scoreless for nearly six minutes in the first half. Sparked by three quick steals, the Utes battled back with a 15-4 run capped by Aaron Dotson's layup to make it 28-25 Utah.

After playing just 14 combined minutes over the last five games, Taylor was pressed into action because of Glen Dean's foul trouble. The 5-foot-10 guard made 4 of 6 shots and changed the complexion of the game.

"I was under control tonight. Even though I hadn't played a lot, I had no fear," Taylor said.

Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak thought Taylor played like "a seasoned veteran" and praised him in front of the team after the game.

"In our locker room, we keep the win total posted in the upper right of our team board. Our player of the game had to get on the stepstool because he couldn't reach it to change it from six to seven wins as the team cheered him on," Krystkowiak said.

Seymour posted his highest scoring total since the season opener and made the Mustangs pay when they collapsed on dribble drives in the final minutes of the game.

"Coach had been telling us all game that if we drive, they are going to collapse and we need to kick it out. At the end of the game (DuBois) drove and I was just in the corner lining it up," Seymour said.

Nick Russell led the Mustangs with 13 points but made just 6 of 21 field-goal attempts as SMU dropped its second straight after winning eight of its first nine games.

The Mustangs held the Utes to 41 percent shooting and forced 15 turnovers but allowed Utah a 35-27 rebounding advantage. The game featured eight lead changes, and neither team ever led by double digits.

"We knew it wasn't going to be easy, but there were times during the game I was ready to throw up," Krystkowiak said.

Cedric Martin, who started Utah's first nine games and is the team's best wing defender, missed the game with a groin injury.