No. 18 SMU moves to 8-0 after rout of Nicholls State, 86-42

Published: Dec 16, 2015 23:31pm EST
By Michael Owen, Sports Writer for Konsume Sports

Please Note: This article was updated Dec 16, 2015 @ 11:31pm EST


By Michael Owen
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DALLAS TX -- In front of a crowd of 6,460 at Moody Coliseum Ben Moore had 22 points and 15 rebounds while Jordan Tolbert scored 18 and pulled down a career high 23 boards as No. 18 SMU started fast and no match for Nicholls State 86-42 on Wednesday night.

Playing without starters Keith Frazier and Markus Kennedy, Mustangs who only suited up only 7 players took a 12-0 lead and never looked back.

The Mustangs used all seven players, including walk on Jonathan Wilfong who logged a a career high 21 minutes. SMU was down to only the seven players due to three key injuries.

Freshman Shake Milton tied his season high with 20 points and Sterling Brown added 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Mustangs. Altogether the SMU had four players in double figures including three with double-doubles.

"I was really pleased and surprised to play as well as we did tonight" Associate Head Coach Tim Jankovich said after the game. "We have been a very good rebounding team all year" Jankovich continued. "And we can't sit here and not talk about Jordan Tolbert rebounding. Anytime you get 20 rebounds, I don't care who you're playing, that's pretty good."

When asked when the last time was that he had 20 or more rebounds Tolbert responded "I think that was my first 20 rebound game at any level."

T.J. Carpenter led the Colonels (3-6) with 12 points. Nicholls State was limited to 25.4 percent shooting.

The Mustangs outrebounded the Colonels 62-25 (including 21 offensive rebounds) and shot 50.8 percent. They went into the game shooting 51.3 percent from the floor, ranking third in NCAA Division I.

Brown opened the scoring with a pair of 3-pointers from the left corner. After Nicholls got on the board with a short turnaround by Liam Thomas 4:20 into the game, the Mustangs responded with the next eight points to move ahead 20-2.

Nicholls State missed all 10 of its 3-point shots in the first half and trailed 48-17 at the break.

The Colonels remained winless on the road while unbeaten at home.


Nicholls State: The Colonels continue their road trip in Colorado on Friday.

SMU has a quick turnaround and plays at home against Hampton on Thursday. When asked aboout his concerns about playing another game so soon while being short handed Jankovich flatly said "Hampton is fresh. They haven't played since December 5th. Rusty? That's what we're hoping for, but they're going to be fresh.

The game tips off in less than 24 hours at 6 pm CT in Moody Coliseum.

(Photo by Vladimir Cherry)



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