How it Happened: The SMU big men dominated down low both offensively and defensively. Markus Kennedy and Yanick Moreira were very strong around the basket and showed their skill and athletic ability both facing up and playing with their back towards the basket. SMU shot a great percentage from the field because they were patient. They didn't force shots at all and passed incredibly efficiently. Other than SMU again struggling on the defensive glass, they played a very complete basketball game to win 70-49.
What it means: SMU is finally starting to gel. They are beginning to establish an identity as a team who will run up and down the court, force turnovers and use their size as an advantage. They also proved that they can knock down shots on the outside. Tonight they had a clear size advantage but when the Bobcats began to guard the paint, the Mustangs hit a plethora of wide open threes. SMU still needs to do a better job of guarding the outside shot in the future but their ability to cause turnovers and turn them into points more than made up for it. SMU looked exactly like the team everyone thought they could be with all of their key additions playing well and their confidence should be fully restored going into their next game on Sunday.
Side Note: Everyone was wondering if Keith Frazier would play and he had quite a bit of minutes on the floor tonight although he didn't particularly shoot well going 1-for-5 from the field. The Mustangs had three guys in double digits tonight with Nic Moore and Nick Russell putting up 14 points and Yanick Moreira with 11.
Who's Next: The Mustangs will be back at the Curtis Culwell Center on Sunday to take the court vs. Arkansas Pine-Bluff. The game will tip-off at 1:30 p.m. The Golden Lions are 2-2 and are currently on a two game losing streak.
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