DALLAS (AP) — Semi Ojeleye had a career-high 28 points and SMU outscored Albany by 15 points in the final 10:29 for a 71-53 win on Tuesday night.
The Mustangs (10-3) took a 63-48 lead with 5:34 left when Shake Milton’s 3-pointer capped a 14-2 run. The Great Danes (7-6) replied with a 5-2 burst to get within 12, but SMU closed out its sixth straight win by scoring all six points in the final two minutes, including 4 of 5 free throws.
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UNIVERSITY PARK, TX - DECEMBER 20: Southern Methodist Mustangs guard Shake Milton (1) looks for an opening during the NCAA men's basketball game between SMU and Albany on December 20, 2016 at Moody Coliseum in Dallas, TX. (Photo by George Walker/Icon Sportswire)
Sterling Brown added 12 points for SMU and Milton and Jarrey Foster added 10 points each. Ojeleye was 4 of 6 from 3-point range and the Mustangs went 8 for 17 from the arc.
Joe Cremo led Albany with 15 points. The Great Danes had their first lead at 16-15 and led once more at 32-31 just before Ojeleye hit a 3 to give the Mustangs a two-point lead at halftime.
The Mustangs are back in action on Tuesday, Dec. 27 when they open up conference play at Memphis. Tip-off against the Tigers is set for 8:00 p.m. CT and the game will be televised on ESPNU.