How it happened: SMU came out strong in the second half and went on a 28-11 run. Nic Moore led the way with 20 points and seven assists while shooting 4-for-4 from deep. The Mustangs bench also played well against the Rams reserves and outscored them 42 to 33. Ben Moore had 13 points and nine boards while Markus Kennedy added nine points of his own. The team defended the paint well and had nine total blocks. They were out shot at the free throw line 66 to 45 percent but held Rhode Island to just 30 percent shooting from the field.
What means: It took a while for them to get going, but SMU picked up an easy win against a decent opponent in Rhode Island. The Mustangs early schedule is filled with plenty of tough matchups, so it's always good to get a good victory under their belts.
Side note: It was the first game the Mustangs played at Curtis Culwell Center in Garland this season. They will play all their home games there until January 4th when new Moody Coliseum opens.
Next: The Mustangs take on Arkansas in Fayetteville on Monday, November 18. The Razorbacks went 19-13 last year and are 1-0 this season after a 99-65 win over SIU-Edwardsville.
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