MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - The ball just didn't bounce their way.
That's the sentiment from Memphis Tigers coach Josh Pastner after the his team fell in another tight one, 69-62 to 24th ranked SMU.
Sterling Brown scored 14 points to lead the Mustangs, and SMU leading scorer Nic Moore, who was held scoreless in the first half, finished with 12 points.
Memphis led 57-56 until Shake Milton hit a 3-pointer and Brown a pair of free throws for a four-point SMU advantage.
The Tigers had a chance late, but Jeremiah Martin missed a wide-open 3 from the corner with less than a minute to go that would have given Memphis the lead.
"I just hate to lose. I've never lost so many games in a season," said Dedric Lawson, who finished with a game-high 18 points. 'It's just the will of not wanting to lose and the competitive nature of wanting to go out there and play, no matter what our record is. We still have a chance to do what we need to do."
"I was proud of our guys' effort; they battled, they competed," Tigers Head Coach Josh Pastner said. "You have to give SMU credit. I thought what hurt us today was second-chance points. They had 16 second-chance points. We obviously had a few too many turnovers [and] we didn't execute on some things down the stretch, but, however, I was really proud of our young men…but we came up short. We have to be ready to go on Sunday and try to get a win on Sunday versus Tulsa."
The Tigers fall to 15-13, including 6-9 in the American Athletic Conference. Next up, Memphis plays it's final home game of the season, a 3 p.m. tilt against Tulsa on Sunday, February 28.