SMU hosts New Hampshire, wins 98-44

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SMU PG Nic Moore drives to the basket late in the first half. Photo credit: Ryan Miller

The Mustangs remain undefeated after beating UNH Saturday afternoon 98-44 in Moody Coliseum.

The Mustangs started forwards Ben Moore and Markus Kennedy and guards Sterling Brown, Keith Frazier, and Nic Moore. The Wildcats started forwards Jacoby Armstrong and Tanner Leissner and guards Jaleen Smith, Daniel Dion and Ronnel Jordan.

Frazier scored 23 points, securing the Mustangs’ lead throughout the game with 20 points made during the first half. SMU player Shake Milton also added 20 points, his personal best at SMU, to which Associate Head Coach Tim Jankovich said Milton had his “break out” game today during a press conference.

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SMU led 50-20 by the end of the first half. The UNH Wildcats tried to come back during the second half thanks to their starting players.

Wildcat guards Smith and Dion held their own, with Smith bringing in 14 points and Dion scoring 10 of the total 44. Forwards Leissner and Armstrong came into assist, together scoring 13 points.

But SMU continued to lead, widening the gap by bringing in 48 more points by the end of the second half.

SMU forward Ben Moore scored 17 points while point guard Nic Moore brought in 13. Jordan Tolbert also gave a standout performance with multiple assists and rebounds to bring in 12 points.

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SMU forward Ben Moore goes up strong against the UNH defense. Photo credit: Ryan Miller

Jankovich said the Mustangs were more on task for a longer period of time than they have been all year to bring home a big win.

“We were where we were supposed to be, with the intensity we were supposed to have and the communication that we needed,” Jankovich said. “Without question, [this was] the best defensive effort we’ve had.”

The Mustangs play again Tuesday against Michigan 8 p.m. at Moody Coliseum.

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