After averaging 18.9 points per game this season, Ojeleye has already surpassed that total Friday, as SMU has opened up a bit of a cushion midway through the second half.
Elijah Stewart hit a late 3-pointer for No. 11 seed Southern California as the Trojans upset sixth seeded SMU 66-65 Friday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Ojeleye's play is one of the key players in SMU's very short rotation, and is a big reason why the Mustangs earned a 6-seed in the NCAA Tournament. Elijah Stewart led the Trojans in scoring with 22.
Ojeleye's dunk came at a time when USC was threatening SMU's lead and helped spark a Mustangs counter-run. Also look for Shake Milton to get it done from the outside, as he is one of the premier three-point shooters in the country.
Forward Semi Ojeleye scored 24 points to lead SMU (30-5), guard Sterling Brown added 17 and Milton had 11. The Trojans used the same formula to rally past Providence in their First Four matchup in Dayton on Wednesday night. SMU defeated the Bearcats in the AAC tournament championship game and on February 25 in Dallas, and lost on January 12 in Cincinnati. Defensively, USC basketball is yielding 73.1 points per game against the opposing teams. Ojeleye averaged 19 points per game for SMU this past season, racking up almost seven rebounds per game in the process.
After winning 30 games this season, the Mustangs should make it to at least the Round of 32.