SMU erases halftime deficit to top West Virginia

Zhuric Phelps had 17 points and 12 rebounds and SMU recovered from an 11-point halftime deficit to notch a 70-58 victory over West Virginia on Monday night to reach the championship game of the Fort Myers Tip-Off in Florida.Ricardo Wright scored 12 points on four second-half 3-pointers, and Chuck Harris also scored 12 for the Mustangs (4-1). Keon Ambrose-Hylton added 10 points for SMU, which will face Wisconsin in Wednesday’s championship game.Jesse Edwards had 18 points, nine rebounds and three blocked shots for the Mountaineers (2-2). Quinn Slazinski added 13 points for West Virginia, which will meet Virginia in the consolation game.The Mustangs made 48.3 percent of their attempts and were 8-of-23 from behind the arc. Wright missed just one of his five 3-point attempts.West Virginia shot 37 percent from the field, including 5 of 16 from 3-point range.SMU trailed 38-27 early in the second half before erupting on a 15-3 run to take a one-point lead.Harris scored five straight points and Wright knocked down a pair of three-pointers during the surge that gave SMU a 42-41 edge with 14:20 to play.Edwards and Kobe Johnson responded with baskets to give the Mountaineers a three-point lead with 12:39 left.