NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP)– SMU coach Tim Jankovich knows his group may have stolen a win on Saturday night.
The Mustangs rallied from a 15- point deficit in the 2nd half to beat Vanderbilt 92-81 in overtime.
” You’re down 15 with six (minutes) to go, you generally don’t win a number of those,” Jankovich said. “However if you’re competitors you don’t give up, and in college basketball insane, insane things take place and this evening crazy things did take place.”
Vanderbilt (8-5) had a six-point lead with less than a minute to go in guideline when SMU struck 2 3-pointers in nine seconds to connect the game at77 Tyson Jolly connected on one with 28 seconds to go then the Mustangs forced a turnover and Isiaha Mike drilled a 3 with 19 seconds to send out the video game into overtime.
” We were extremely fortunate, but it was a heck of a win for us,” Jankovich said.
Kendric Davis scored 24 points and Jolly included 21 to lead SMU (11 -2).
The loss eclipsed an outstanding efficiency by Vanderbilt’s Aaron Nesmith.
Vanderbilt coach Jerry Stackhouse was predictably down after the video game.
” Everything that perhaps might go wrong at the end of that video game did go wrong for us,” Stackhouse stated. “For us not to walk away with a win, that stings.”
Ethan Chargois added 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Feron Hunt scored 12 and took down 11 boards for SMU. Emmanuel Bandoumel broke in 10.
Scottie Pippen Jr. had 15 for Vanderbilt.
With 10: 14 to enter the game, Vanderbilt went on a 9-0 go to take its biggest lead at 72-57 Nesmith hit his 8th 3-pointer of the game to end the run.
Chargois scored 11 of the Mustangs’ very first 13 points as SMU got out to a 13 -5 lead to begin the game.
SMU extended its lead to 20 -8 on an Isiah Jasey layup with 12: 56 to go, however Vanderbilt answered with a 10 -0 run that consisted of at alley-oop dunk by Maxwell Evans on a pass from Saben Lee.
Jolly made a layup at 7: 20 to put the Mustangs back up by 10, but Vanderbilt broke away till Nesmith hit his fifth 3-pointer of the half with 15 seconds delegated connect the video game 40- all at the half.
SMU: The Mustangs struggled from the free-throw line in the very first half going 3-for-7 (429%).
Vanderbilt: Forward Clevon Brown missed his fourth straight video game after hurting his knee versus Liberty on Dec.14
SMU: The Mustangs outrebounded Vanderbilt 41-29 and have actually now pulled down more boards than their opposition in 10 of 13 games this year.
Vanderbilt: The Commodores were only 1 of 7 from the field in the overtime duration, while SMU went a best 5-for-5.
SMU hosts Central Florida on Wednesday.
Vanderbilt opens SEC use the roadway versus Auburn on Wednesday.