MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Sterling Brown scored 14 points to help No. 24 SMU shake off pesky Memphis in a 69-62 victory Thursday night.
SMU leading scorer Nic Moore was held without a point in the first half, but his floater with less than a minute to play gave the Mustangs (23-4, 11-4 American Athletic Conference) a 65-62 lead. Moore finished with 12 points on 4-of-9 shooting.
Memphis led 57-56 until Shake Milton hit a 3-pointer and Brown a pair of free throws for a four-point SMU advantage.
Jeremiah Martin missed a corner shot that would have given Memphis a lead with less than a minute to go before Moore hit his floater. With his team up 65-62, Moore stole the ball and Brown drew an intentional foul and made two from the line.
Marcus Kennedy had 12 points and eight rebounds for SMU.
Dedric Lawson scored 18 for Memphis (15-13, 6-9), and Ricky Tarrant Jr. added 15 points and seven assists.
Memphis has taken some very disappointing losses lately, including to AAC cellar dwellers East Carolina and Tulane, and Saturday at South Florida.
This one was more respectable.
Memphis led 57-56 on Trashon Burrell’s bank shot with less than 7 minutes left before Milton hit his go-ahead 3.
Moore, who was averaging 16.8 points per game, made his first shot with 12:09 left. It was SUM’s second 3-pointer of the game and it tied the score at 47.
The Mustangs led 31-30 at halftime.
Memphis: The school needed to average 6,812 fans over the last two home games of the season to receive between $420,000 and $480,000 from the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies, who also play at the FedExForum. That is a prorated amount of the $800,000 the Tigers would get if they averaged 10,000 fans per game.
SMU: Junior guard Jonathan Wilfong drew his first start of the season in his hometown. Wilfong has appeared in 14 games. He played the first 4 minutes and did not attempt a shot.
SMU hosts Tulane on Sunday.
Memphis hosts Tulsa on Sunday.