Big Men – That is exactly how they played tonight. Big. From making great moves around the basket, to blocking shots and guarding the interior, Yanick Moreira, Markus Kennedy and Shawn Williams did it all tonight and absolutely dominated down low. The level of skill they showed in their ability to make post moves and finish with finesse was a great sign. Before the game it was apparent that they could be lethal but tonight they showed why. Much credit must be given to the players around them for putting them in great positions to be effective but the job they did down low was remarkable.
Shooting – SMU shot at a high percentage all game long and took advantage of opportunities when they were given. Nic Moore adds so much to this basketball game by his ability to not only find the open man in transition but also in his ability to shoot. He and Nick Russell shot for a combined 6-of-9 from three, helping the Mustangs go 44 percent overall from behind the arc despite a horrible shooting day from Keith Frazier. The team as a whole shot 50 percent from the field and did a great job with their shot selection. Non-high percentage shots were few and far between on Wednesday night, and Larry Brown had to be pleased with that.
Defense – SMU held Texas State to 49 points, their lowest point total all season. 33 of the Bobcats' points came from three-pointers and free throws alone. SMU did a great job of protecting the rim and causing Texas State to turn the ball over. The Bobcats had a one to two assist to turnover ratio, giving the ball away 18 times. SMU held their opponent to just 32 percent from the field.
Defensive Glass – SMU didn't have many negatives in this game but giving away second chance opportunities was a problem in the first half. Too many times the Bobcats would extend possessions by snagging offensive rebounds. The good thing is, SMU wasn't outmanned or in the wrong position in most instances, many times they just had trouble holding on to the basketball. Texas State ended up with ten offensive rebounds on the night. Coach Brown had this to say about his team on the subject of being better on the glass. "As we go forward playing the schedule we have in front of us, the glass is going to be huge for us. We're playing a lot of quality teams that are physical and athletic, but we've got to rebound with five people. We've got athletic guards who can rebound the ball so we've got to do it as a group That and transition defense are two areas we've got to get a lot better at."
Turnovers – SMU had 16 turnovers this game, even though they finished with a positive assist to turnover ratio. Nic Moore had eight assists but also turned the ball over four times. Ben Moore didn't have a very good game, adding three more turnovers as did Yanick Moreira. Texas State turned those turnovers into 13 points. It didn't seem like SMU was very careless in their half court game, but mistakes were made in high speed transition. Going forward, it will be imperative for SMU to take better care of the ball.
Ben Moore – After starting off the season with three great performances, the freshman finally looked like a freshman on Wednesday. In fifteen minutes, Moore finished 0-2 from the field, grabbed one rebound, made one assist and turned the ball over three times. He just couldn't get anything going on the offensive side of the ball even though he played as hard as he usually does. Every player will have a bad game, and today was Moore's day to do so. It should be a good learning experience for him to use going forward.
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