SMU (5-3) hosts Delaware State (2-6) on Sunday at 2 p.m. This is the second contest in a six-game homestand. The Mustangs are 4-0 at home this season after a 49-43 victory against CSU Bakersfield on Friday. SMU is 36-3 at home since the start of the 2014-15 season and has 18 straight home wins against non-conference opponents.
Junior Semi Ojeleye leads SMU in scoring (17.5, 5th AAC) and rebounding (7.9, 10th). Shake Milton is second on the team in scoring (11.4, T-25th AAC) while leading in assists (4.4, 7th AAC), steals (1.9, 5th AAC) and assist-to-turnover ratio (2.2, 7th AAC). Four Mustangs average double digits in scoring with Ben Moore (11.0) and Sterling Brown (10.8) joining Ojeleye and Milton. SMU has outrebounded 7 of 8 opponents so far with a +11.3 rebound margin (2nd AAC, 9th NCAA). Six Mustangs average 3.0 or more rebounds with Ojeleye, Moore (7.5, 11th AAC) and Brown (5.9, 17th AAC) leading the way.
LAST GAME (W, 49-43 vs. CSU Bakersfield on Dec. 2): DALLAS (AP) -- Shake Milton scored 10 of his 13 points in the second half and SMU rallied in the final five minutes Friday night to beat Cal State Bakersfield 49-43. The Mustangs (5-3) went on a 12-0 run starting with Jarrey Foster's free throw at 5:28 and ending on Semi Ojeleye's free throw to make it 48-40 with 13 seconds left. Milton's 3-pointer with 3:36 left gave SMU the lead for good at 43-40. Sterling Brown added 10 points, Ojeleye had nine points and eight rebounds, and Ben Moore grabbed 12 boards to go with five points. Cal State Bakersfield (5-4) trailed 29-24 early in the second half before taking the lead with an 8-0 run. The Roadrunners still led 40-36 on Jaylin Airington's 3-pointer with 5:49 left but missed their next 10 shots from the field. Damiyne Durham led the Roadrunners with 14 points.
UP NEXT: SMU continues its six-game homestand against rival TCU on Wednesday at 7 p.m. THe homestand continues against McNeese State (Wednesday, Dec. 14), Stanford (Monday, Dec. 19) and Albany (Tuesday, Dec. 20). The Mustangs then start American Athletic Conference at Memphis on Tuesday, Dec. 27.
THE SERIES VS. DELAWARE STATE (0-0): This is the first meeting.
HEAD COACH TIM JANKOVICH... is in his first season at the helm at SMU after four seasons as the associate head coach. He is in his 34th season as a collegiate coach, and his 12th as a head coach. In 2015-16, the Mustangs finished 25-5, finishing the season ranked No. 24 after reaching a high of No. 8. SMU was the last unbeaten team in the country, starting 18-0, winning the Las Vegas Classic title during the season-opening streak. In 2014-15, the Mustangs claimed the American Athletic Conference regular season and tournament championships en route to the NCAA Tournament. SMU was the top seed in the 2014 NIT, reaching the title game. This is his 10th season as the leader of a Division I program, including five as head coach at Illinois State (2007-12) and four at North Texas (1993-97). As a head coach, he is 171-124 (.580) [14-3 at SMU]. That includes a 104-64 mark at ISU where his teams recorded four top-three finishes in the Missouri Valley, reached the conference tournament final three times and earned four NIT bids. As an assistant or head coach, his teams are 628-375 (.626) with six regular season conference championships, four league tournament titles, nine NCAA Tournament appearances and eight NIT bids.
- 6 Conference Titles (Colorado State - WAC '89, '90; Kansas - Big 12 '05, '06, '07; SMU - AAC '15)
- 4 Conference Tournament Titles (Illinois - Big Ten '03; Kansas - Big 12 '05, '06; SMU - AAC '15)
- 9 NCAAs (CSU '89, '90; Oklahoma State '93; Illinois '03; Kansas '04 RF, '05, '06, '07 RF; SMU '15)
- 8 NITs (CSU '88, Vanderbilt '00, '02; Illinois State '08, '09, '10, '12; SMU '14 Final)
ATTENDANCE: SMU has surpassed 100,000 in attendance the past three seasons. In 2014-15, SMU set a season attendance record of 124,986 total and 6,944 average. The New Moody single-game attendance record of 7,395 was set against Connecticut (Feb. 14, 2015). SMU has sold out 41 of 52 games in Moody Coliseum since the renovated facility opened Jan. 4, 2014.
SMU Season Home Attendance Total
124,986 2014-15 AAC Champions (15 sellouts in 18 games)
117,420 2015-16 (13 sellouts in 17 games)
107,412 2013-14 (9 sellouts in 19 games - 13 games in Moody Coliseum)
27,408 2016-17 (4 sellouts in 3 games)
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