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Ojeleye leads SMU past Pitt

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Semi Ojeleye led a second half surge to lift the Southern Methodist Mustangs past the Pitt Panthers 76-67 in the semifinals of the 2K Classic Thursday evening in Madison Square Garden in New York City.

The game turned on a 23-12 run in the first 7:47 of the second half capped off by an Oleleye three pointer to put the Mustangs up 54-45 with 12:13 left. Pitt then chipped away at the lead getting the deficit to four at 63-59 with just under five minutes left but the Mustangs made the critical plays down the stretch to pull away from the Panthers.

Ojeleye, a Duke transfer scored 20 of his game high 24 points to go along with 6 rebounds for the Mustangs (3-0) while Shake Milton 14 points and Ben Moore added 12 points respectively.

Michael Young added 22 points and James Artis added 20 points for Pitt (2-1), however no other Panthers scored in double figures.

The key difference in the game was the rebounding margin with SMU grabbing 40 rebounds, including 14 offensive, compared to just 27 for Pitt. Another was Pitt's 13 turnovers which played in them taking 11 fewer field goal attempts.

The Panthers play in the third-place game tomorrow against the winner of the Michigan-Marquette game.

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