No. 25 SMU halts No. 11 Cincinnati’s 15-game winning streak

Forward Gary Clark attempts to grab a loose ball against Southern Methodist Mustangs forward Ben Moore and guard Sterling Brown and forward Semi Ojeleye in the second half. (Photo Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports)

DALLAS–Semi Ojeleye scored 18 points and No. 25 SMU snapped No. 11 Cincinnati’s 15-game winning streak, defeating the Bearcats 60-51 on Sunday.

Ben Emelogu drained two 3-pointers and made the tiebreaking free throw during a 15-0 run by the Mustangs (22-4, 12-1 American).

With the victory, SMU moved into sole possession of first place in the American.

After the break, Cincinnati (22-3, 11-1) recorded 12 straight in under three minutes to regain the lead before the Mustangs came barreling back.

Sterling Brown tallied 13 points and grabbed 10 boards. Emelogu and Shake Milton both added 11 points apiece for SMU.

Guard Jacob Evans shoots in the first half against the Southern Methodist Mustangs. (Photo Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports)

Jacob Evans had 15 points for the Bearcats. Kevin Johnson had 13 and Kyle Washington added 11. Gary Clark grabbed 12 rebounds.

Milton gave the Mustangs the lead 27 seconds into the second half, sinking a 3 but Cincinnati capped a 12-0 run on Washington’s jumper to go ahead 40-31 with 16:09 left.

SMU swished three straight from beyond the arc to tie the game at 40-all.

The Mustangs then scored four more points to take a 50-42 lead. Brown made two free throws to push the lead to 56-46 with 4:40 left.

Johnson hit a 3-pointer with 4:12 remaining to keep the Bearcats alive and Troy Caupain made two free throws to pull within five points with 2:02 remaining.

But Brown pushed SMU’s lead back to seven and Evans missed a 3-pointer to seal the Mustangs’ win.

The loss was Cincinnati’s first since Dec. 10 at then-No. 16 Butler.

SMU shot 42 percent from the field, 48 percent from 3-point land and 71 percent from the charity stripe.

The Bearcats shot 35 percent from the floor and 34 percent from 3.

Cincinnati turned the ball over 12 times, including three miscues during the Mustangs 15-0 run.

SMU will remain at home when Tulane comes to town on Tuesday.

The Bearcats will travel to Tampa to take on USF on Wednesday.

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