No. 15 SMU rallies to stay undefeated, 59-57 over Cincinnati


A referee breaks up a scrum after a whistle during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game between Cincinnati and SMU on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)


SMU guard Sterling Brown, right, and Cincinnati forward Shaq Thomas dive for a loose ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)


Cincinnati guard Farad Cobb (21) attempts a layup as SMU guard Nic Moore (11) defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)


DALLAS (AP) — Jordan Tolbert tipped in Nic Moore’s missed shot for the go-ahead score with 28 seconds left and then had a big block as No. 15 SMU rallied to remain undefeated with a 59-57 victory over Cincinnati on Thursday night.

The short-handed Mustangs (14-0, 3-0 American Athletic Conference), off to the best start in school history, overcame a seven-point deficit in the final 3 1/2 minutes.

Moore finished with 14 points. He had two 3-pointers in the game-ending 11-2 run for SMU, which along with No. 22 South Carolina (14-0) are the only undefeated Division I teams.

But when Moore missed, Tolbert followed up to put the Mustangs ahead and then blocked Troy Caupain’s shot at the other end. Ben Moore made a free throw with 8 seconds left before Farad Cobb missed a go-ahead 3-pointer on the last shot for Cincinnati (11-5, 1-2).

A referee breaks up a scrum after a whistle during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game between Cincinnati and SMU on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_108009825-656c60458b324e1f988851a2222ff461.jpgA referee breaks up a scrum after a whistle during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game between Cincinnati and SMU on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

SMU guard Sterling Brown, right, and Cincinnati forward Shaq Thomas dive for a loose ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_108009825-d7bc5b030c314f79b4e8aa66a1d21608.jpgSMU guard Sterling Brown, right, and Cincinnati forward Shaq Thomas dive for a loose ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

Cincinnati guard Farad Cobb (21) attempts a layup as SMU guard Nic Moore (11) defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_108009825-1a1008173a274c4d9ad253f3be51b89c.jpgCincinnati guard Farad Cobb (21) attempts a layup as SMU guard Nic Moore (11) defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)
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