How it happened: After losing to Louisville on the road, SMU came out with incredible intensity and passion on both sides of the floor. The fans at Moody bore witness to a 21-4 run by the home team, and Larry Brown's team never looked back. They were led by Markus Kennedy who came out aggressive on both ends of the court. He was able to out skill and out-man USF on the inside, and he made it look easy ending up with 18 points and 10 rebounds double-double. Shawn Williams was also able to get his game going early, fighting relentlessly for rebounds and tough baskets on the interior. He ended up with 16 points and seven rebounds for the evening. SMU's playmakers were fired up and they came out prepared to dominate. Most of all, it looked like they were having fun out there. They were calm and relaxed as if they were running against each other in practice. Of course that's pretty easy to do when you're winning by double digits the entire game but nevertheless, they gave SMU fans a great show.
What it means: SMU is still undefeated at home and with its upcoming schedule, it should be that way for a while. Two out of their next three games are at Moody Coliseum against Rutgers and Hofstra-- teams SMU will be heavily favored to defeat. It also means that on Monday morning, SMU should be 4-2 in the AAC only having lost to the top two teams in the conference. Of course, the Mustangs can't count their chickens before they hatch, but it isn't far-fetched to think they could be on a four-game win streak heading into their next big contest at Houston on January 26.
Side Note: SMU held yet another opponent to under 35 percent shooting. USF shot 17-53 for the game, good for 32.1 percent. SMU is ranked second in the nation for opponent's field goal percentage.
NEXT: SMU will face their other Florida conference opponent in UCF on Saturday at noon, airing on ESPNews. The Golden Knights are currently 9-5 overall and 1-2 conference play.
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