How it happened: Markus Kennedy picked up a couple of early fouls that sent him to the pine. But Cannen Cunningham picked up the slack with a team-leading 11 points in the first half. Nic Moore and seldom-used Crandall Head also made huge impacts as the Mustangs took a 38-24 lead into halftime-- the first half was capped of by a deep Keith Frazier three that sent Moody, which was rocking all day, into a frenzy. Cincinnati crept back in the game midway through the second half after a couple of SMU miscues and cut the lead to seven. But the Mustangs responded with an 11-0 run and the game was never close again. Nick Russell and Ben Moore led SMU with 15 points. a piece.
What it means: This was SMU's first on-campus win over a top-10 team since 1967 when the Mustangs beat Indiana. It was also another profile-boosting victory and third win over a ranked opponent this season. It wouldn't be surprising to see SMU projected to be a 9 or 10 in some brackets this week-- and they might even be ranked. SMU moves to 19-5 overall and 7-3 in conference play.
Side note: SMU had plenty of star recruits on campus for this game including Tyler Davis, King McClure, Juwan Evans and Matt McQuaid. But it appears the students' favorite prospect was Elijah Thomas. In the second half, the students loudly chanted ‘Elijah Thomas!' ‘Elijah Thomas!' ‘Elijah Thomas!'
Next: SMU will hit the road and face Rutgers on Thursday. The Scarlet Knights are one of the bottom feeders of the AAC with a 9-14 overall record. These two teams met last month. SMU won handily at Moody, 70-56.
Rapid Reaction: SMU Upsets No.7 Cincinnati
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