Hot Shooting Second Half Lifts SMU Past Pitt

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NEW YORK (EYT) – A hot-shooting second half lifted SMU to a 76-67 win over Pitt in the 2K Classic Benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project Thursday night at Madison Square Garden in New York.

(Photo courtesy of Pitt Athletics)

The Mustangs (3-0) shot 57.1 percent (16 of 28) after the break while outscoring Pitt (2-1) 45-34 in the second half to erase a 33-31 halftime deficit.

Semi Ojeleye led SMU with 24 points while hitting on 9 of 17 shots. He added five rebounds, as SMU used a balanced rebounding effort to beat the Panthers, 37-30, on the boards including 14 offensive rebounds.

Shake Milton added 14 points and five assists for SMU, who also got 12 points from Ben Moore. Ben Emelogu had a team-best seven rebounds off the bench.

Forty-two of Pitt’s 67 points came from two men.

Michael Young led the Panthers with 22 points including going 10 of 12 from the line. He chipped in eight rebounds and three assists.

Jamel Artis also reached the 20-point plateau for Pitt with 20 points and four boards. Sheldon Jetter added five points and eight rebounds, while Cameron Johnson had nine points.

Pitt was just 1 of 7 from 3-point range in the second half and shot 6 of 19 (31.6 percent) for the game. The Panthers shot 44.2 percent from the field on the night compared to 47.6 percent from SMU, which hit on just 40 percent (14 of 35) shots in the first half.

The Panthers are back in action at 4:30 p.m. Friday at Madison Square Garden against Marquette. SMU will take on Michigan at 6:30 p.m.


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