Nic Moore scores 16 points, No. 21 SMU beats Memphis 66-57
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Nic Moore scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half and No. 21 SMU pulled away to beat Memphis 66-57 on Thursday night.
Moore’s 3-pointer with 3:27 left capped a 15-4 run for the Mustangs (23-5, 14-2 American Athletic Conference), breaking open a 48-all game. Ryan Manuel and Yanick Moreira added 11 points each to help the Mustangs win their fifth straight and 21st in 23 games.
Shaq Goodwin led Memphis (17-11, 9-6) with 17 points and seven rebounds. Nick King added 14 points, connecting on five of seven shots — including both from outside the arc.
The loss snapped Memphis’ winning streak at three games.
Cannen Cunningham started the key SMU run, scoring all six of his points in the stretch. Moore added a jumper and a 3-pointer.
Moore’s 3-pointer gave SMU a 63-52 lead. The Tigers would get no closer than six points the rest of the way.
Memphis suffered with turnovers in the second half, committing eight.
SMU led 30-28 at the break after a physical first half in which neither team shot better than 36 percent.
Goodwin already had 13 for Memphis, but Austin Nichols, the Tigers’ leading scorer at 13.7 points a game, was limited to only two points. He missed seven of his eight shots.
Moreira had nine points to lead the Mustangs.
SMU would end the night going 13 of 24 from the line, while Memphis shot only seven free throws, making six.
SMU led by seven early, but Memphis clicked off a 10-2 run to retake the lead. During that span, the Mustangs missed eight of their nine shots.
The game became emotional at times during the first half, SMU coach Larry Brown begging for officials to call a flagrant foul against Memphis at one point, while Tigers leader Josh Pastner spent his own time heavily lobbying officials for calls.
On two occasions in the first half, play was stopped after Memphis players took shots to the head, including Markel Crawford, who didn’t return from an injured jaw.
With just more than a minute gone in the second half, Memphis starting guard Kedren Johnson drew his fourth foul, then added a technical for his fifth, sending him to the bench the rest of the game.
SMU: The Mustangs beat Memphis 73-59 on Jan. 8 in Dallas.
Memphis: Nichols finished with six points, going 2 for 11 from the field. ... Guard Pookie Powell did not dress for the game because of illness, further depleting the Tigers’ guard depth.
SMU visits UConn on Sunday.
Memphis hosts Tulsa on Saturday.