Ann Arbor, MI – Led by the smallest player on the floor, 5-9 junior guard Nic Moore, and the tallest player, 6-11 senior center Yanick Moreira, the SMU Mustangs held the vaunted Caris Levert to four points and outscored Michigan 15-0 late, in a 62-51 road victory.
Moore, whose playing style is reminiscent of NBA scoring PG, D.J. Augustin, started fast with SMU’s first eight points and eleven of their first 15 points, on three triples and a long deuce. Moore’s teammates kicked in after that and helped stake the Mustangs to a 30-27 half-time lead. Of note in that half was the first appearance (academics) this season of 6-9, 245 pound power forward, Markus Kennedy, who last season averaged 12.4 ppg and 7.1 rpg after transferring from Villanova.
While Moore slowed down a bit in the 2nd half with six points to finish with 17, his slender center teammate, Moreira, scored 15 of his game high 19 pts. in the 2nd half to take up the slack. Moreira was very efficient- shooting 7-of-9 from the floor on a variety of putbacks, tips, and layups off feeds. For good measure, he stepped out to the short baseline and canned a 12-foot jumper and got to the FT line nine times – making five.
Moore and Moreira’s heroics contributed to the ongoing litany of Wolverine woes, most notably first round guard prospect Levert’s 1-of-8 from the floor, 0-of-5 from the arc and five turnovers. Levert was reportedly hampered by a sore thumb and while his teammates (Zak Irvin, 17 points, redshirt frosh C, Mark Donnal, 13 and PG Derrick Walton, 11) brought Michigan back from a ten point deficit to take a 48-45 lead with 7:57 left, SMU then went on the 15-0 run to ice the win.
SMU increased their record to 8-3 and hosts Midwestern State on Monday, while Michigan in dropping their 4th straight game, fell to 6-5 and hosts Coppin State on Monday.
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