Tolbert dunks for 23 points, No. 19 SMU beats Michigan 82-54
DALLAS (AP) Jordan Tolbert got most of his 23 points on rim-rattling slam dunks and had nine rebounds as No. 19 SMU stayed undefeated with an 82-58 victory over Michigan on Tuesday night.
Nic Moore had 15 points, including back-to-back 3-pointers before assisting on consecutive dunks by Tolbert during a 13-2 run late in the first half that put the Mustangs (7-0) in total control. Tolbert had nine dunks and finished 11-of-12 shooting.
Keith Frazier also had 15 points for SMU, off to its best start since winning its first 10 games in 1997-98. Ben Moore and Sterling Brown each grabbed 10 rebounds.
The impressive start for the Mustangs comes in a season when they are banned from postseason play and coach Larry Brown still has two games left on a season-starting, nine-game suspension because of NCAA sanctions.
Duncan Robinson and Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman each scored 15 points for Michigan (6-3), which had won four in a row since consecutive losses to Xavier and Connecticut in November.
Nic Moore had two 3s in 28 seconds to start the 13-2 run before halftime, the second 3 coming on a fast break after a turnover when Sterling Brown penetrated and passed back to Moore at the top of the key.
Ricky Doyle had a slam for the Wolverines before two more highlight plays by Tolbert in 33 seconds, the later on an alley-oop pass from Nic Moore that put SMU up 31-20.
Tolbert again had consecutive slams for SMU baskets midway through the second half, first on another pass from Moore and then a two-handed slam with 11:16 left for a 59-45 lead.
Michigan: Leading scorer Caris LeVert had only five points, 14 below his season average. He shot 1 for 13. … Michigan was 10 of 36 on 3-pointers.
SMU: Markus Kennedy sprained his ankle only a minute into the game and didn't return. …The Mustangs are 5-0 at home this season, 39-3 since the start of 2013-14. … SMU had a 45-20 rebounding advantage.
FAMOUS FOLKS: Former President George W. Bush, whose presidential library is across the street from Moody Coliseum, attended the game along with his wife, Laura. Also in the crowd were Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and Dallas Mavericks player Chandler Parsons.
Michigan hosts Delaware State on Saturday.
SMU hosts Nicholls State on Dec. 16.
- Ben Moore
- Duncan Robinson
- Jordan Tolbert
- Keith Frazier
- Michigan Wolverines
- Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman
- Nic Moore
- SMU Mustangs
- Sterling Brown