SMU beats Cincinnati on late shot

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DALLAS — Jordan Tolbert tipped in Nic Moore's missed shot for the go-ahead score with 28 seconds left and then had a big block as No. 15 SMU rallied to remain undefeated with a 59-57 victory over Cincinnati on Thursday night.

The short-handed Mustangs (14-0, 3-0 American Athletic Conference), off to the best start in school history, overcame a seven-point deficit in the final 3 1/2 minutes.

Moore finished with 14 points. He had two 3-pointers in the game-ending 11-2 run for SMU, which along with No. 22 South Carolina (14-0) are the only undefeated Division I teams.

But when Moore missed, Tolbert followed up to put the Mustangs ahead and then blocked Troy Caupain's shot at the other end. Ben Moore made a free throw with 8 seconds left before Farad Cobb missed a go-ahead 3-pointer on the last shot for Cincinnati (11-5, 1-2).

Cobb led Cincinnati with 18 points.

NO. 16 LOUISVILLE 77, N.C. STATE 72

RALEIGH, N.C. >> Quentin Snider scored a career-high 21 points to help Louisville beat North Carolina State.

Freshman Ray Spalding had 12 points off the bench for the Cardinals (13-2, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference). They shot 51 percent and used a 9-0 run in the second half to build a double-digit lead before having to hang on against a frantic comeback by the Wolfpack.

The Cardinals led by 16 with 3:38 left only to see the Wolfpack (10-5, 0-2) crawl to 75-72 on Anthony "Cat" Barber's three-point play with 16.8 seconds left. Barber scored 20 points to lead N.C. State.

NO. 20 PURDUE 87, MICHIGAN 70

WEST LAFAYETTE, IND. >> A.J. Hammons scored 17 points and had four blocks and Rapheal Davis added 16 points to lead Purdue past Michigan.

The Boilermakers (14-2, 2-1 Big Ten) have won eight of 10 and are 10-1 at home this season.

Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman scored a career-high 25 points on 10-of-16 shooting for Michigan (12-4, 2-1). Derrick Walton Jr. added 12 points.

NOTRE DAME 82, BC 53

BOSTON >> Demetrius Jackson scored eight of his 17 points during a 21-4 key run in the first half that carried Notre Dame over Boston College.

Bonzie Colson added 16 points, Zach Auguste had 15 and Steve Vasturia added 13 for the Fighting Irish (10-4, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference). Notre Dame shot 64 percent in the game, hitting 11 of 17 on 3-point attempts.

Eli Carter and Dennis Clifford led the Eagles (7-8, 0-2) with 13 points apiece.

Coming off an 11-point loss at then-No. 5 Virginia in its ACC opener on Saturday, Notre Dame took charge early and turned it into an easy night by halftime.

The Fighting Irish trailed 3 minutes into the game before Matt Ryan's 3-pointer from the left corner sparked the big run over the ensuing 9:07.

Notre Dame has won 10 of its last 11 against Boston College.

SIENA 91, FAIRFIELD 76

ALBANY, N.Y. >> Brett Bisping scored a career-high 28 points and Siena downed Fairfield.

Bisping was 10 of 18 from the floor, made 8 of 10 from the line and added eight rebounds. Javion Ogunyemi scored 19 points with four blocked shots, Nico Clareth had 14 points and Lavon Long scored 10 points with a career-high 14 rebounds. The Saints (10-6, 3-2 Metro Atlantic) shot over 55 percent and won the rebounding battle 50-28.

Fairfield (7-7, 1-3) was led by Marcus Gilbert with 24 points and five rebounds. Tyler Nelson had 17 points and Curtis Cobb added 11.

Siena never trailed, and a 6-2 spurt right before the half gave the Saints a 46-36 lead at intermission.

Bisping made a layup and jumper as part of a 6-0 run early in second half to push the lead to 16, and Fairfield never threatened.


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