via The Sports Xchange
Semi Ojeleye scored 24 to lead SMU past Pittsburgh 76-67 Thursday night in the semifinals of the 2K Classic benefiting Wounded Warrior Project at Madison Square Garden in New York.
The Mustangs (3-0) will face either Marquette or Michigan in the championship game Friday.
Ojeleye had 20 of his points in the second half and added six rebounds for SMU, which shot 57.1 percent (16-28) after the break. Ben Moore had 12 points and nine boards for the Mustangs. Shake Milton had 14 points.
Michael Young led Pitt (2-1) with 22 points and nine rebounds, and Jamel Artis scored 20. The Panther were outscored 45-34 after halftime.
The Mustangs dominated in the glass, holding a 40-27 rebounding advantage. SMU also grabbed 14 offensive boards.
SMU momentarily took control in the first half with 13-0 run to take a 31-20 lead with six minutes to go before the break. The Panthers would come back and finish the half strong, reeling off 13 straight points to take a 33-31 edge into the locker room.
Artis and Young each had 10 points, as Pitt shot 42.3 percent (11-26) in the half. Young added eight boards.
The Mustangs shot 38.9 percent (14-36) in the opening 20 minutes. Sterling Brown had a team-high seven points.
SMU took its first lead of the second half (38-37) on a 3-pointer from Ojeleye. The Mustangs would never trail again.
It was the first meeting all-time between SMU and Pitt. After the 2K Classic, the Mustangs host UC Santa Barbara on Tuesday and Pitt also returns home to face Yale.