SMU tops Eastern Washington to end skid

Dallas, TX ( – Nic Moore scored 22 points and Keith Frazier
added 17, leading 22nd-ranked SMU back into the win column with a 77-68
triumph over previously unbeaten Eastern Washington.

Yanick Moreira chipped in 13 points for the Mustangs (2-2), who were coming
off tough losses at Gonzaga and Indiana earlier this week.

Tyler Harvey scored 24 points and Venky Jois contributed 13 with 10 rebounds
for Eastern Washington (3-1), which had wins over Texas Southern, Utah Valley
and Walla Walla to open its season.

Eastern Washington kept it close early and grabbed a 10-9 lead on a free throw
by Jois, but Moore followed with a 3-pointer to ignite a 15-2 SMU run. Moreira
scored five during the burst, capping it with a layup for a 24-12 SMU edge.

The Eagles again clawed back and drew within 24-21 on a three by Felix Von
Hofe midway through the first half, but the Mustangs stayed in front and led
by as many as 10 late before taking a 43-35 margin to the break.

A Jois layup to start the second half made it a six-point game, but the
Mustangs followed with the next six to restore a double-digit advantage and a
dunk by Frazier with just under 15 minutes left gave SMU a 56-39 cushion.

Eastern Washington made it somewhat interesting late when a triple by Harvey
with 93 seconds to play pulled the Eagles within 71-66, but Moore drained four
straight free throws around a Harvey miss from beyond the arc to ice it.

Game Notes

SMU finished 15-of-16 from the free throw line and shot 49.1 percent overall
… The Mustangs had 20 assists on 28 made field goals … Eastern Washington
made 11-of-36 from beyond the arc and connected on just 7-of-15 free throws.