At the end of the first half, SMU led Cincinnati by a score of 32-23. From the start of the game, SMU seemed to get off to the faster start and Cincinnati came out very sluggish. SMU hit a few quick shots to jump out to a lead that they held for the entire first half.
Neither team shot great in the first half but Cincinnati struggles in making shots was far worse. Part of it was from the great defense SMU was playing but when Cincinnati had open shots, they could not hit those shots either. Cincinnati shot 24% from the field and 8% from the three-point line in the first half. In comparison, SMU shot 44% from the field and 40% from the three-point line.
SMU was led by forward Ben Moore, who led all scorers with 10 points in the first half. He also led both teams in rebounding with nine boards. Cincinnati was led by guard Jarron Cumberland, who led the team in scoring with nine points.
In the second half, it was more of the same. It seemed like every time Cincinnati would come back and make it close, SMU would always hit a big shot to take the momentum away. Cincinnati did improve their shooting slightly but it was to no avail as SMU also improved their shot-making. Cincinnati shot 39% from the field and 25% from the three-point line in the second half. SMU on the other hand shot 56% from the field and 66% from the three point line.
SMU had four players score in double figures. They were led by guard Sterling Brown, who led all scorers with 18 points. Forward Semi Ojeleye finished with 14 points, guard Jarrey Foster added 13 points and Moore finished with 12. Moore and Ojeleye also tied for the team lead in rebounds with nine.
Cincinnati also had four players score in double figures. They were led by Cumberland, who had 14 points. Forward Kyle Washington finished with 12 points and both forward Gary Clark and guard Jacob Evans added 10 points.
The SMU Mustangs are now the AAC Champions and they will likely make it in to the 2017 NCAA Tournament. Cincinnati is also likely to make it into the tournament but they are not a lock. Cincinnati will have to wait for the selection committee to make their selections in order to find out for sure if they have made it to the tournament.