How it happened: SMU played its worst half of the season against Houston. The Mustangs were sloppy right out of the gate with four turnovers in four minutes. SMU allowed Houston to knock down open threes and draw plenty of fouls. The Ponies also just shot 26.9 percent from the floor, and Nic Moore, the team's top player, was just 1-of-9 as Houston took a 6-point lead into halftime. But Moore and the Mustangs rebounded in the second half to come away with a tough 75-68 road victory. Moore was 7-of-9 in the second half and finished with 28 points. Markus Kennedy played strong inside against TaShawn Thomas and was next with 15 points and 10 rebounds
What it means: It wasn't pretty, but SMU came away with a tough road win. A loss would have hurt SMU's RPI and given it a ‘bad' loss. Even though Houston isn't necessarily a ‘bad' team, the Cougars are just 11-9 after playing a chunk of the season with out two of their most important players. The win doesn't help much in terms of SMU's profile, but a loss would have been damaging. The Mustangs are now 16-4.
Side Note: Keith Frazier has had ankle problems all season long. Early in the first half, he went down with another ankle injury. Frazier was driving towards the basket when he stepped on Danuel House's foot, causing his ankle to twist. Frazier limped off the court with the help of Larry Brown and did not return. It wouldn't be surprising if Frazier sits out against South Florida.
Next: SMU will stay on the road and head to the Sunshine State to face South Florida. The two teams met earlier this month, and SMU destroyed USF at home, 71-54. The Bulls are on a four-game losing streak-- the latest loss was to Memphis, 80-58.
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