How It Happened: SMU had a balanced offensive attack today that got the job done against a UIC team that struggled defensively all night. SMU shot out to a 10-0 nothing lead to start the game and never trailed all game. UIC did tie the game at one point, but Yanick Moreira scored two quick buckets to put SMU back up for good. Moreira and Markus Kennedy dominated down low for the Mustangs and SMU did a lot of their offensive work in the paint. The defense was lazy at times for the Mustangs, but they did enough to win 73-65.
What It Means: SMU picks up their third straight win and put on a good show in the Chicago area for the multitude of recruits from the Illinois area. SMU also improves to 8-2 after ten games this year, a great start for the Mustangs.
Side Note: Larry Brown, who won his 200th career collegiate game tonight, started Illinois natives Ben Moore, Crandall Head and Sterling Brown with Nic Moore and Moreira tonight. The new lineup played poorly on defense but provided much of the offensive spark that had been missing at the beginning of games for SMU this year. It'll be interesting to see if Brown continues to tinker with his lineup this weekend…
Up Next: …against Hofstra at home, this Saturday at 12 o'clock.
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