How it happened: Before the game even started, the atmosphere in new Moody Coliseum was electric. SMU fed off of that energy to jump out to a quick 10-4 lead. UConn came back on an 8-0 run, but the Ponies answered with a 9-2 run of their own. Nic Moore scored 15 points in the first half, but UConn took a 33-32 heading into halftime. But Larry Brown and company made some adjustments at the break, and SMU came out on fire. Keith Frazier scored seven points and the building erupted as the Ponies regained the lead. And the Mustangs, who were up by as many as 13 in the second half, never lost it. Nic Moore led all scorers with 20 points and six assists and Nick Russell chipped in with 14 points and seven rebounds as SMU defeated No. 17 UConn, 74-65.
What it means: This win was monumental for the SMU basketball program. The victory over a ranked opponent, the sellout crowd and the guests in attendance surely impressed all the high profile recruits in attendance. This win will go a long way for SMU basketball and legitimizes the program on a national scale. As far as this season, this is a great profile win for the Mustangs, who should be battling for an NCAA tourney bid in March.
Side note: The building was full of studs including former NBA players Dikembe Mutombo, Avery Johnson and Allen Iverson as well as New York Knicks head coach Mike Woodson. It was great for SMU to have these guys in attendance with an array of high profile recruits watching on. Five-star centers Tyler Davis, Diamond Stone and Elijah Thomas were just some of the many prospects in attendance.
Next: SMU will face another ranked opponent when it travels to Louisville on January 12. The Cardinals are currently No. 14 and boast a 12-2 record but have no impressive wins on their resume.
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