3 Up, 3 Down

We share three positives from SMU's win and three negative!

3 Up

1. Nic Moore: SMU's point guard was terrific yet again tonight. He had 15 points on 5 of 6 shooting and was a perfect 5 for 5 from deep. Moore has done a great job running the team on offense all season, and it continued tonight. Although he has been lighting it up from the three-point line, Larry Brown was most pleased with Moore's defensive performance. "I could care less about a guy making shots," Brown said. "He is a great shot maker, but I look at all the other things. They were more important to me tonight because he guarded well. He kept people in front on defense and played with more energy."

2. The Freshmen: Larry Brown was very pleased with the performance of his freshmen tonight. Although he had three turnovers, Keith Frazier had eight points on just four shots and played terrific defense throughout the game. The team also got a contribution from Sterling Brown, who had five points in his 14 minutes, and even Jonathan Wilfong managed to hit a jumper towards the end. Still, the most impressive freshman was Ben Moore, who had 12 points on 6 for 7shooting. Larry Brown said he believes Moore has the chance to be really special. "That kid has a chance," Brown said. "Every minute he gets to play, I'm thrilled to death because he is learning a lot, and he is a great kid."

3. Defense: The SMU defense was incredible all night. The Mustangs kept McNeese State from getting inside the paint a lot, which resulted in them going just 2 for 19 from the three-point line in the first half. The Cowboys ended up shooting only 10 for 34 from deep for the game and scoring 59 total points on 33 percent shooting. The Mustangs also managed to outscore McNeese State by 20 points in the paint and had 39 more points off the bench. "We executed really well," Brown said. "Our defense the first half was the game. We challenged three-point shots and they average 71 points, so that was what I was most excited about.

3 Down

1. Second Half: Larry Brown was not pleased with how the Mustangs lost focus in the second half. They were sloppy on offense with seven team turnovers and allowed McNeese State to shoot 53 percent from deep in the second half. The team looked much less focused and actually lost the half by six points to the Cowboys. "I couldn't wait for the game to be over because we were terrible in the second half," Brown said. "We got a little bit selfish. But at the end of the game, we got some kids in, which was fun. I was hopeful we could get them in a lot sooner, but it's a win."

2. Shawn Williams: The senior was been struggling recently, and he wasn't much better tonight. Williams finished with three points and three rebounds on 1 for 5 shooting. Although he does a nice job being vocal on the defensive end, Williams has struggled shooting the ball on offense all year and turned the ball over on an offensive foul call. Coach Brown has said he wants to start cutting down his rotation soon, so don't be surprised to see Markus Kenenedy replace Williams in the starting lineup.

3. Turnovers: The Mustangs haven't done a great job taking care of the ball this season, and they lost the turnover battle again tonight. SMU had 13 turnovers compared to just 10 for the Cowboys, and McNeese State scored 14 points off those mistakes. Keith Frazier led the team with three turnovers and Yanick Moreira added two of his own. Since the Mustangs led all game, it wasn't much of problem tonight, but they definitely need to fix this problem going forward.

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