Center Yanick Moreira was a force inside for the Mustangs, leading all scorers with 19-points on 7-of-9 shooting, also grabbing five rebounds. Nic Moore was the trigger man in the early going for SMU, scoring 11 of his 17 points in the first half, including 3-for-6 makes from downtown.
For Michigan, Zak Irvin led the way with 17-points but converted just 3-of-11 attempts from three-point land. Derrick Walton Jr. reached double figures as well with 11-points shooting just 30-percent from the field, while the Mustangs limited Caris LeVert to four-points.
Mark Donnal was the surprise for Michigan, actually benched in favor of Ricky Doyle, the redshirt freshman came off the bench scoring 13-points and providing some much needed energy for the Wolverines.
Moore’s three three-pointers over the first six minutes put the Mustangs up 15-10 right out of the gate as Michigan began the game shooting 4-for-9 from the field with two turnovers.
After an Irvin make Michigan missed their next six attempts from the field as the Mustangs increased their lead to 25-18 as Moreira and Cannen Cunningham began to use their length inside.
Eight Irvin points including two makes from behind the three-point line put Michigan down 30-27 to SMU after 20 minutes of play.
In the second half, Michigan couldn’t have started off worse.
A Moreira dunk along with three free throws gave the Mustangs a 35-29 lead with 17:58 to go, the Wolverines beginning the second half with an Irvin turnover, a foul on Doyle and misses from both LeVert and freshman Kameron Chatman.
Over the next two minutes Michigan would go scoreless including an 0-for-4 mark from beyond the arc as LeVert turned the ball over twice. SMU’s lead stretched to 10 at 39-29.
But as was the case in Michigan’s previous home losses to NJIT and Eastern Michigan, the Wolverines made a run.
Of all people Donnal was responsible for providing the spark Michigan desperately needed. After a LeVert make and two free throw conversions by Irvin, Donnal knocked down a contested mid range jumper at the free throw line as the shot clock expired.
After an SMU timeout, Spike Albrecht misfired from three but Donnal secured the rebound going up strong for a finish and the foul, invigorating the crowd. Donnal would sink the free throw to make it 39-38 Mustangs.
Michigan would then go on to take their second lead of the game, the first since it was 2-0 early in the first half, both Walton Jr. and Irvin connecting on threes to open up a 44-42 advantage.
After another three by Walton Jr. pushed Michigan’s lead to 48-45 with 7:57 remaining in the game, the Wolverines went 7:08 without recording a point.
SMU took advantage, going on a 17-0 run over that period keyed by eight points in the paint from Moreira.
The Mustangs led by as many as 14 at 62-48 before a Donnal three ended Michigan’s scoring drought with just 49 seconds left in the game.