DALLAS (AP) — Ben Emelogu acknowledged that SMU players would have been lying if they said Cincinnati wasn’t on their minds.
The 25th-ranked Mustangs got a bit of a revenge, and in the process took a slight lead in the American Athletic Conference standings.
Emelogu hit two 3-pointers and made the tiebreaking free throw in the game-deciding 15-0 run for the Mustangs in a 60-51 win Sunday to snap a 15-game winning streak by No. 11 Cincinnati, which had also been responsible for the only loss by SMU in its previous 18 games.
“We’ve been chasing for a long time, Cincinnati’s put a lot of pressure on us,” SMU coach Tim Jankovich said. “Finally to get the opportunity to get them back here. … It does feel good to finally, finally be in this position.”
Finishing their first week as a ranked team this season, the Mustangs (22-4, 12-1 American) had their big spurt right after Cincinnati had scored 12 in a row in a 2 1/2-minue span soon after halftime to regain the lead.
The Bearcats (22-3, 11-1) made only three of their last 21 shots after that — and went without a field goal the final 4:11 of the game.
“Dug the hole, and then from that point on, played the best defense we’ve played all year,” Jankovich said.
After SMU had finished the first half with eight straight points to tie the game, and went ahead on Shake Milton’s 3-pointer, Kevin Johnson had a tying 3 to start the big spurt by Cincinnati. Johnson also had a steal for a breakaway two-handed slam before Kyle Washington’s basket to give the Bearcats their biggest lead of the game at 40-31.
But SMU got even on 3s by Emelogu, Semi Ojeleye and Milton and went ahead to stay on Emeolgu’s free throw with 11:47 left before he added another 3.
“Those momentum plays, I fed off my team, and the big shots went down,” Emelogu said. “We went up and we started locking in on defense. We took over the game.”
Ojeleye, a transfer from Duke, had 18 points to lead SMU while Sterling Brown had 13 points and 10 rebounds. Milton and Emelogu each had 11 points.
Jacob Evans had 15 points for the Bearcats, while Johnson had 13 and Washington 11. Gary Clark had 12 rebounds, but the big man was only 2-of-7 shooting.
Cincinnati had 17 field goals overall, 11 being 3-pointers.
“It’s a make or miss game,” Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin said. “They pack it in so tight and they’re so physical, especially in their own gym.”
Cincinnati: Even though the Bearcats suffered their first loss since Dec. 10 at then-No. 16 Butler, they are well on their way to another NCAA Tournament. The American Athletic Conference title is still very much in play with three weeks left in the regular season.
SMU: It seems like many people forgot about SMU when Larry Brown unexpectedly decided last summer to leave the Mustangs. But the Mustangs have overcome a short bench and been impressive under Jankovich, who was Brown’s top assistant. SMU has held 19 consecutive opponents to 66 points or less. Like Cincinnati, the Mustangs should be playing in the NCAA Tournament next month.
DID WHAT THEY SAID
During a media timeout after Cincinnati’s run in the second half, the Mustangs huddled together with a message to each other. “They made a run, so it was time to make ours,” Emelogu said. “We said it’s time right now, and made our move. It was the right moment.”
The Mustangs are 15-0 at home this season and have won 19 in a row at Moody Coliseum, where the crowd Sunday included former President George W. Bush and Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo. Jankovich is 22-0 as head coach at Moody, including nine games filling for Brown in the past.
Cincinnati: On the road again Wednesday to play at last-place USF (1-12 AAC), which the Bearcats beat by 41 at home on Jan. 29.
SMU: Stay home to play Tulane, which is 1-11 in AAC play.
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NEW YORK (AP) — Latrell Sprewell was back in the building and so were many other former Knicks.
Then the current team pulled out a defensive performance from its past.
Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points and New York salvaged the finale of a tumultuous five-game homestand by beating the San Antonio Spurs 94-90 on Sunday.
Two nights after yielding 131 points in a dismal defensive performance against Denver, the Knicks limited the Spurs to 36 percent shooting and didn’t let them reach 70 points until fewer than 8 minutes remained.
“That’s great to watch. That’s the right way to play basketball,” Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said.
Sprewell returned for the first time since Dec. 29, 2004, sitting next to James Dolan two days after the Madison Square Garden chairman banned former player Charles Oakley from the building following his arrest for an altercation with security guards at a game Wednesday.
The former players, including Larry Johnson, Bernard King, Vin Baker, Kenny Walker and Herb Williams, visited the team along with Dolan in the locker room after the game.
First, the Knicks of today showed fans they can win with defensive grit, too.
“They want us to compete. I understand that,” Anthony said. “Win, lose or draw they want us to go out there and compete on a nightly basis and if we’d have lost this game today, this would have been a game where I can say we competed and the effort was there and everything was there.”
Anthony provided offense when the Knicks needed it clinging to a two-point lead, making consecutive baskets to make it 92-86 with 33 seconds remaining.
Kawhi Leonard had 36 points for the Spurs (41-13), who had their two-game win streak snapped and failed in their first attempt to secure what would have been an NBA-record 20th consecutive winning season.
“The object is to put the ball in that orange ring,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “That’s what we are all trying to do. Play a little D at the other end. But that orange ring, that ball’s got to go in there. Thirty-six percent from the field and 20 from 3, whatever it was, that’s not going to get it done on the road.”
Spurs: The Spurs signed veteran center Joel Anthony for the remainder of the season following the expiration of his second 10-day contract. … F Jonathon Simmons missed the game because of an illness, remaining in the team hotel.
Knicks: The Knicks changed their lineup again, starting Willy Hernangomez after going with Porzingis in a small lineup Friday. … Lance Thomas returned after missing 14 games with a broken bone in his face but Joakim Noah missed his fourth straight game with a sore left hamstring. Hornacek said the Knicks would weigh sitting out Noah in their only game this week before the All-Star Game.
SPREE IN THE SEATS
Sprewell hadn’t been at MSG since playing here for the final time on Dec. 29, 2004.
Perhaps to back Dolan’s point that the franchise has strong relationships with almost all its other former players, the Knicks showed a number of them on the video board during the game.
Sprewell spent five seasons with the Knicks, helping them reach the 1999 NBA Finals, but cursed at Dolan in his first game back here after being traded to Minnesota. A Knicks official had been working for the last few years to reconcile their relationship so Sprewell could return, and Sprewell sat next to Dolan on the baseline.
Popovich wouldn’t touch any questions about Oakley or Knicks president Phil Jackson’s relationship with Anthony, but did agree that stability off the court helps his team have success on it.
“I don’t have a drama meter to prove one way or the other, but less drama makes my job easier and that’s good enough for me,” said Popovich, who added that winning in general makes things better.
“The grass looks greener and the sky’s blue more often when you win a game than lose a game,” he said.
After their tough stretch, the grass was covered by sleet and freezing rain in New York on Sunday morning.
Spurs: Visit Indiana on Monday, their first meeting of the season.
Knicks: Visit Oklahoma City on Wednesday for their final game before the All-Star break.
NEW YORK (AP) — Former Knicks star Latrell Sprewell has returned to Madison Square Garden for the first time in 13 years, just two days after Charles Oakley was banned from the building.
Sprewell sat behind the baseline Sunday next to MSG chairman James Dolan, who banned Oakley from the arena after he was arrested last week following an altercation with security while attending a game.
Perhaps to back Dolan’s point that the franchise has strong relationships with almost all its other former players, the Knicks showed a number of them on the video board during their game against San Antonio, including Larry Johnson, Bernard King, Vin Baker, Kenny Walker and Herb Williams.
Sprewell hadn’t been here since Dec. 29, 2004, when he played with the Minnesota Timberwolves. The season before, he had cursed at Dolan during a Timberwolves victory in his first game back after being traded.
Sprewell spent five seasons with the Knicks, helping them reach the 1999 NBA Finals.
What do you do when you want to hear the latest hits? Chances are, you simply stream them. Or download them to your digital device in an instant. But what if listening to music was more than easy access to the latest tunes? What if it was a warm, layered, auditory—even tactile—experience? That’s exactly what you get with vinyl records. And they’re experiencing a resurgence.
Sure, they may seem old fashioned, but you definitely won’t need to dig out or dust anything off in order to give them a try. Popular singers and bands from The Weeknd and Ed Shearan to Beyonce and The Chainsmokers have released their albums on vinyl. Vinyl sales have tripled over the past five years, and according to Forbes, 40 million are projected to sell this year alone as people build up their collections—physical libraries of music.
What’s so special about them? Music lovers of all ages enjoy the experience of holding a record in their hands—absorbing the cover artwork, sliding the vinyl out from its sleeve and placing it on the record player. Then there’s the nostalgic crackling as the needle finds its groove and releases crisp sounds into the air. Sound intriguing? Think vinyl would be music to your ears?
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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — United Airlines says it’s investigating after a pilot was removed from a San Francisco-bound flight before it left Austin, Texas.
United Airlines spokesman Charlie Hobart confirmed the pilot wasn’t in uniform when she boarded the plane Friday. He says another pilot was brought in and the flight was delayed about two hours.
Hobart also confirmed the pilot was the woman shown in a video posted on social media talking to passengers over the intercom.
Hobart says he didn’t immediately have details about the incident, including why the pilot was allowed on the plane in plain clothes or if anyone thought something was amiss before she boarded. He says the company will discuss the incident with the pilot.
ELK MOUNTAIN, Wyo. (AP) — Dramatic video of a tractor-trailer toppling onto a Wyoming Highway Patrol car shows just how windy it can get on the high plains.
The truck was driving on Interstate 80 in southern Wyoming on Tuesday when it blew over onto the parked patrol car. No one was inside the patrol car, and Patrol Lt. David Wagener says the truck’s driver and a passenger were not hurt.
Gusts up to 90 mph were recorded around the time of the crash.
A camera in another patrol car caught the wreck: Wind nudges the trailer, then knocks over the rig, which falls onto the patrol car. The skidding truck barely misses the car filming.
Wagener says troopers at the scene were away from the crash zone, helping other motorists.
He says the highway was closed to lightweight, high-profile vehicles because of the wind, and the driver was cited.