1. Markus Kennedy- The big man came off the bench and had another big game for the Ponies. Once again, Kennedy did most of his damage in the second half and dominated the paint. His huge dunk put on exclamation mark on a tough road win for the Ponies. Kennedy led SMU with 15 points and seven rebounds. It wouldn't be surprising to see Larry Brown insert Kennedy in the starting lineup now that conference play is starting. It appears Kennedy is becoming the player everyone expected him to be when he transferred from Villanova.
2. Points In The Paint- SMU had a huge advantage in this category. In fact, the Mustangs outscored Wyoming in this category, 34-18. Kennedy is a big reason for that, but it was clear the Ponies had a size advantage down low, and the guards were able to slash and convert on layups and runners. This stat is even more impressive considering Yanick Moreira had an off night and finished with just four points. It should also be noted that SMU outrebounded Wyoming 39-29. SMU has outrebounded its opponents 53-23 in the second half of the last two games.
3. Bench- Again, Kennedy is a big reason why the bench finds itself in the up category. But it wasn't just all about him. Keith Frazier also had seven points and although he wasn't lighting it up, he did make some key shots including a jumper in the final two minutes to put SMU up four. He showed a lot of toughness playing through an ankle injury he suffered on Wednesday. Sterling Brown came in and scored six points and Cannen Cunningham helped out inside. The bench actually outscored SMU's starters, 32-30.
1. First Half Shooting- SMU scored just 21 points in the first half and shot 31.8 percent from the floor. The Mustangs just couldn't get anything to fall as an array of shots were halfway down but rimmed out. SMU isn't a great shooting team, but the Mustangs stepped it up in the second half and did enough to come away with a nice resume victory.
2. Ryan Manuel/Shawn Williams Offense- After a nice offensive night against UTPA, Manuel had an extremely quiet game against Wyoming. He missed both of his field goal attempts and scored just three points. Williams, as he has been all season, was a non-factor as well. As cheesepony mentioned on the board, all of Williams' misses were ugly, and Wyoming ended up sagging off of him. Williams finished with just four points and one rebound.
3. 3-point shooting- Nick Russell hit a huge three late in the game and had his best shooting night in a while. But other than that, the Mustangs really struggled from beyond the arc, shooting just 28.6 percent. The Mustangs were 1-for-5 from 3-point land in the first half. Frazier was 1-for-3 from downtown, Nic Moore missed both of his attempts and Williams missed his only attempt.
3 Up, 3 Down
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