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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Nobody will be heading into the NCAA Tournament with more momentum than SMU.
The Mustangs won their 16th straight game on Sunday, taking the American Athletic Conference championship with a 71-56 victory over Cincinnati.
DALLAS (AP) — Sterling Brown had 26 points and 10 rebounds in his final home game for No. 14 SMU, and the Mustangs clinched the outright American Athletic Conference title with a 103-62 victory over Memphis on Saturday.
Brown, one of three seniors playing their Moody Coliseum finale, was part of his school-record 106th victory as the Mustangs (27-4, 17-1) won their second conference title in three seasons.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — It was Shake Milton's turn to be SMU's hot shooter.
Milton scored 18 of his game-high 20 points in the first half to lead the 17th-ranked Mustangs to a 69-61 victory over UConn on Saturday.
The Mustangs (25-4, 15-1 American Athletic Conference) won their 11th straight and haven't lost since Jan. 12 at Cincinnati. Semi Ojeleye had 16 points, Ben Moore added 15 and Sterling Brown had 11 as four of the seven players finished in double figures.
Hartford, Conn. (AP) — Shake Milton had 20 points and seven rebounds to lead No. 15 SMU over UConn 69-61 on Saturday.
The Mustangs (25-4, 15-1 American Athletic Conference) won their 11th straight and haven't lost since Jan. 12 at Cincinnati. Semi Ojeleye had 16 points, Ben Moore added 15 and Sterling Brown had 11.
HOUSTON (AP) — Trailing by double digits midway through the first half, SMU didn't panic. The Mustangs had the confidence to dig their way out.
Semi Ojeleye had 18 of his 22 points in the second half and No. 19 SMU rallied to beat Houston 76-66 on Saturday.
Ojeleye also had nine rebounds, and the Mustangs have won 10 straight and 20 out of 21.
DALLAS (AP) — Semi Ojeleye scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half, including consecutive 3-pointers in the SMU run that finally put the 19th-ranked Mustangs ahead in an 80-75 victory over Tulane on Wednesday night.
With the rally from a 15-point halftime deficit, SMU (23-4, 13-1 American) extended its home winning streak to 20 games in a row, including all 16 this season. The AAC-leading Mustangs have a nine-game winning streak and have won 19 of their last 20 games overall
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Sterling Brown scored 24 of his 27 points in the second half and SMU rolled past Tulsa for a 76-53 win Saturday night.
Shake Milton added 19 points, Semi Ojeleye had 16 and Ben Moore collected 10 rebounds for SMU (20-4, 10-1 American), which shot 49 percent from the field to pick up its sixth straight win. Brown was 9 of 15 from the field and his 24 second-half points were the most by a Mustang since 2011.
DALLAS (AP) — Shake Milton and Semi Ojeleye each scored 19 points and SMU earned the season sweep of East Carolina with an 86-46 victory on Wednesday night.
Sterling Brown finished with 15 points, nine rebounds, and five assists for SMU (19-4, 9-1 American), while Ben Moore added 14 points and 11 boards.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Shake Milton scored 19 points, Semi Ojeleye added 14, and SMU beat UCF 65-60 on Wednesday night to win its fourth straight.
Ben Moore scored 14 and Sterling Brown made three 3-pointers for his 100th career trey for the Mustangs (18-4, 8-1 American).
Trailing 35-26 at halftime, UCF closed to 60-56 with 49 seconds left to play after B.J. Taylor's back-to-back jumpers. SMU led 62-56 after Milton's two free throws but Tacko Fall dunked to make it 62-58.
DALLAS (AP) — Shake Milton made five 3-pointers and had 23 points and six assists to lead SMU past UConn 69-49 on Thursday night for the Mustangs' 16th straight home win.
It's tied for the ninth longest active NCAA home winning streak and the third longest in SMU history.
SMU closed the first half on a 26-5 spurt — including a 16-0 run — to take a 36-15 lead at intermission. UConn's last make of the first half was at the 5:35 mark on Christian Vital's 3-pointer.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Semi Ojeleye scored 21 points and Jarrey Foster added 19 more to lead SMU to an 80-64 win over Tulane on Sunday night.
Ben Moore contributed 15 points and Shake Milton got 11 to go with nine rebounds for SMU (15-4, 5-1 American Athletic Conference), which hit 31 of 61 from the field. Ojeleye and Foster each had three 3-pointers.
DALLAS (AP) — Semi Ojeleye scored 19 points, Shake Milton and Ben Moore added 18 each and SMU beat Temple 79-65 on Wednesday night for the Mustangs' ninth consecutive victory.
Ojeleye added nine rebounds and Moore and Milton seven each as the Mustangs (13-3, 3-0 American) played only seven players. Jarrey Foster added 13 points and grabbed seven boards with SMU outrebounding Temple 42-25. Moore went over 1,000 career points.
GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Ben Moore scored 18 points and all five SMU starters finished in double figures as the Mustangs cruised to a 75-44 win over East Carolina on Saturday.
Moore finished 8 of 10 from the field and added 11 rebounds. Shake Milton finished with 14 points, Sterling Brown had 13, while Jarrey Foster and Semi Ojeleye added 12 apiece for the Mustangs (12-3, 2-0 American).
DALLAS (AP) — Shake Milton scored a season-high 17 points and SMU defeated McNeese State 92-56 on Wednesday night for the Mustangs' fourth straight win.
Milton hit 4 of 5 3-point attempts, while Semi Ojeleye made 4 of 7 for 16 points. Sterling Brown had his third career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. SMU was 12 of 23 from the arc.
DALLAS (AP) — Shake Milton scored 10 of his 13 points in the second half and SMU rallied in the final five minutes Friday night to beat Cal State Bakersfield 49-43.
The Mustangs (5-3) went on a 12-0 run starting with Jarrey Foster's free throw at 5:28 and ending on Semi Ojeleye's free throw to make it 48-40 with 13 seconds left.
Milton's 3-pointer with 3:36 left gave SMU the lead for good at 43-40.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bennie Boatwright scored a season-high 17 points and De'Anthony Melton added 15 to lead Southern California to a 78-73 victory over SMU on Friday night.
Boatwright made 4-of-7 3-pointers and Jonah Matthews scored 14 points for the Trojans.
USC (5-0) improved to 5-1 all-time against the Mustangs and shot 49.1 percent from the field.
Melton scored nine points during a 19-4 run — capped by Melton's 3 — that gave USC a 51-41 lead with 10:56 to play.
DALLAS (AP) — Semi Ojeleye scored 22 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the field to help lead SMU to an 84-57 win over UC Santa Barbara on Tuesday night.
Sterling Brown scored 14 points and added seven rebounds, while Ben Moore and Shake Milton each had 12 for the Mustangs (4-1), which improved to 3-0 at home this season.
DALLAS (AP) — Semi Ojeleye had 18 points and eight rebounds, Jarrey Foster also put in 18 points, and SMU rolled past Eastern Michigan 91-64 on Sunday.
Shake Milton and Sterling Brown added 12 points apiece with Milton passing out five assists and Brown grabbing seven boards. Ben Moore had 11 points and six rebounds as the Mustangs shot 52.7 percent and dominated the boards 44-26.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — American Athletic Conference coaches have picked Cincinnati to win the league title this season.
The Bearcats edged UConn in the poll, which was released Monday at the conference's annual media day.
Cincinnati received 95 points and six first-place votes, while UConn claimed the other five and finished with 94 points.