Milton, Ojeleye lead the way as Mustangs plunder East Carolina, 86-46

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Down 7-5 with 14:19 remaining in the first half, SMU forward Semi Ojeleye found a wide open Sterling Brown in the right corner. Brown hit the three to give the Mustangs the lead. On the next possession, Shake Milton found Ojeleye alone in the same spot, leading to another bucket from deep. Why not try it a third time? Milton’s three on the ensuing trip down the floor made it a 14-7 game with SMU doubling East Carolina’s point total in just over a minute.The Pirates would not get any closer to the lead from that point on. The Mustangs, coming off a week of rest, sunk East Carolina’s ship with a barrage of cannon fire from everywhere on the floor. SMU shot 55 percent from the floor in the first half, making the game over before it even had a chance to get started. Four Mustangs scored in double figures as SMU rocked the Pirates in its 86-46 win on Wednesday night.[embedded content]“‘What do you do with your week?’” SMU head coach Tim Jankovich said in the postgame press conference. “We chose to rest a lot and try to get them as fresh as we could. Not just for this game, but really thinking two, three, four weeks from now. Maybe it will benefit them.”The extra rest certainly seemed to be the right move on Wednesday night. The Mustangs were flying all over the floor, overwhelming East Carolina on both ends. SMU outscored the Pirates 15-6 on the fast break and 25-4 off of turnovers. “They just happened to turn the ball over,” guard Ben Emelogu said postgame. “It’s good when things work out in your favor.”More Mustangs got in on the action with seven players playing 13+ minutes. Jarrey Foster also returned for SMU after sitting out last week’s game …

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