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  • 25 Mar
    NEW YORK -- Until last week, Semi Ojeleye had not appeared in a game for nearly two years and even when he played at Duke, the minutes were limited.Since then, Ojeleye has been putting in the work away from the court and so far it is paying off much to the delight of SMU coach Tim Jankovich.Ojeleye continued his torrid start by scoring 20 of his 24 points in the second half and SMU defeated Pittsburgh 76-67 in the first semifinal of the 2K Classic at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night.Of course, its enjoyable when a guy sits out, (is) a transfer and you hope he has success, Jankovich said. But Ill triple that because Semis one of the most outstanding young men that you could ever be around your entire life and on top of that he is arguably the hardest worker away from practice time in terms of the time he puts in.Hes a machine, literally, and were like blown away. Weve been around a lot of hard-working guys. I have not been around a guy you set your clock by this guy. Its each and every day and he cant get enough.Ojeleye scored 46 points in 23 games in two seasons with Duke before transferring to the Mustangs following the 2014-15 season. The junior forward surpassed his point total from Duke in the first half when he shot 2 of 7 and then surged past it with several outstanding athletic plays during the second half.Just staying confident, Ojeleye said. Nothing changed in the locker room. I didnt think about what the stats were. I kept trying to do the same stuff I was doing in the first half.Ojeleye missed his first two shots of the second half before starting to roll. He made a 3-pointer about 3 1/2 minutes into the half to give the Mustangs the lead for good and capped his 9-for-17 showing by converting a transition layup in the final minute.Ojeleyes 7-for-10 showing in the final 20 minutes was part of a second half when the Mustangs shot 57 percent after missing nine straight shots to end the first half.Besides Ojeleyes impressive showing, Shake Milton added 14 points while Ben Moore contributed 12.Michael Young scored nearly half of his 22 points at the foul line for Pittsburgh. Jamel Artis added 20 for the Panthers, who had averaged 96 points in home wins over Eastern Michigan and Gardner-Webb.Hes athletic, Young said of Ojeleye. He can really get up vertically and he can make some shots. We knew that going in. He got it going in the second half and guys like that we got to take away air space and make them uncomfortable.BIG PICTURESMU: The Mustangs came into the game playing effective defense by allowing 54 points per game and for the most part they continued it. Their defense forced several traveling violations, including one with about 13 1/2 minutes left which resulted in an unsportsmanlike technical and ejection for Sterling Brown. Brown was handed the technical for emphatically applauding in the face of Artis after his defense resulted in a traveling violation.Pittsburgh: The Panthers have struggled defensively and other than the final five-plus minutes of the first half, their defensive issues continued. The Panthers have allowed an average of 82 points so far and even when Stallings started instructing his players to press, it was unsuccessful. Turnovers also continued to be an issue as Pittsburgh committed 13, resulting in 11 fewer field-goal attempts.FAMILIAR COACHING MATCHUPJankovich and Stallings worked together at Vanderbilt. Jankovich was an assistant under Stallings from 1999 to 2002 and the Commodores made two NIT appearances. Jankovich also coached at Illinois State from 2007-2012 over a decade after Stallings coached there.ANOTHER JETER IN NEW YORKFor the second college game at Madison Square Garden, there was a Jeter on the court. Unlike Dukes Chase Jeter, who wears the number two -- the same as the former Yankees captain -- Pittsburghs Sheldon Jeter wears number 21, the same as Pirates Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente. Jeter had averaged 13 points in his first two games but was held to five points on 2-of-8 shooting.UP NEXTSMU: Will play in the 2K Classic championship game Friday.Pittsburgh: Will play in the 2K Classic consolation game Friday. 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BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Orioles are heading into the final week of the season with much-needed momentum and an opportunity to take over the top wild-card spot in the American League.Hyun Soo Kim hit his fifth home run, a two-run shot in the second inning, and the Orioles completed a three-game sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks with a 2-1 victory Sunday.Baltimore is 1 1/2 games ahead of Detroit for the second AL wild card and remained 1 1/2 games behind Toronto for the top spot. The Orioles begin a crucial three-game series at the Blue Jays on Tuesday.Our guys are warriors, Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said. They grind through a lot of things. Working on short sleep, game 150-whatever. Thats a hard game to win today.Baltimore finished the regular season 50-31 at Camden Yards. It was the second time in three seasons the Orioles finished with at least 50 wins at home.Arizona has been swept 13 times this season, including six on the road.Orioles rookie Dylan Bundy (10-6) allowed the one run on three hits with five strikeouts over five innings. Bundy hasnt gone past the sixth inning in his past six starts.Zach Britton picked up his American League-leading 46th save in as many chances. Manny Machado went 2 for 4 for his team-high 54th multi-hit game.Weve been playing meaningful games in September for a while now, so its not anything new to us, Britton said. Weve been to the postseason a few times now, so I think everyone knows how to treat these next few games. Just go out and be prepared, but at the same time you cant press any more so than you would in the first month of the season.The Orioles took a 2-0 lead on Kims drive off Braden Shipley. Shipley has given up 13 homers in 12 appearances this season.That home run was a great thing and its amazing that it happened in thhe last game, Kim said through an interpreter.dddddddddddd Overall, the pitching was tremendous and it brought us the win. I am just happy for the team to win.The Diamondbacks pulled within a run off Bundy in the third on an RBI single by Paul Goldschmidt. Baltimore reliever Mychal Givens entered in the sixth and held the Diamondbacks hitless over two innings.Arizona was 1 for 7 with runners in scoring position.Shipley (4-5) allowed two runs on four hits with six strikeouts over six innings in his 10th career start.I take this loss on my shoulders, Shipley said. Im not always going to be perfect, obviously, thats how baseball is. I have to live with it.All six of the Orioles series sweeps have come at home.LOCKED DOWNGivens tied a career high with four strikeouts. He now has 95 strikeouts over 73 innings this season (11.71 strikeouts per 9 innings). Thats a pretty good bullpen, Arizona manager Chip Hale said. Givens is really, really good.TRAINERS ROOMDiamondbacks: RHP Rubby De La Rosa (right elbow inflammation) has been shut down for the season. He will see a specialist Monday in Florida.Orioles: OF Joey Rickard might not need surgery for his injured thumb, but the team will have a definitive plan to make sure he is ready for spring training, Showalter said.UP NEXTDiamondbacks: Archie Bradley (7-9, 5.02 ERA) opens the four-game series against the NL East champion Washington Nationals. Bradley is seeking his fourth win in six starts.Orioles: Right-hander Kevin Gausman (8-11, 4.21 ERA) is expected to start the series opener against the Blue Jays on Tuesday. Gausman had been battling soreness in his oblique but felt fine after a couple of work days. ' ' '