In SMU’s first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1993, rhe Mustangs were edged out by the UCLA Bruins in the final seconds.
With 10 seconds left, Yanick Moreira was called for goaltending on what would be Bryce Alford’s 10th three pointer.
UCLA held on to win 60-59.
Alford led UCLA with 30 points- all coming off threes.
The Mustangs got off to yet another slow start on Thursday, and UCLA took a 34-30 lead into the second half.
After a rough start to the second half, SMU clawed its way back into the game. A three by Nic Moore followed by a Ryan Manuel dunk moments later to pull the Mustangs within one- sparking another SMU comeback.
The Mustangs were led by Nic Moore’s 24 points.
SMU finished the night shooting 37 percent from the field while the Bruins shot 42.6 percent.
With 1:36 left Moriera got a layup to go in and ten seconds later Manuel had a breakaway dunk to put SMU up by seven.
Alford answered with yet another three, his eight of the night, to cut the lead to four. Norman Powell then sunk two clutch free throws to bring UCLA within two with 22 seconds left to play.
The loss ends SMU’s season and their first NCAA tournament appearance in 22 years.