How It Happened: SMU got off to a quick start in the first half, running the fast break and getting Memphis out of rhythm. When Larry Brown took Nic Moore out of the game for a breather, Memphis went on a run punctuated by SMU fouls and turnovers. The Mustangs managed to tie the game before the half through strong play from Moore and Keith Frazier. After halftime, SMU went on a ridiculous run lead by Frazier's hot shooting, Sterling Brown's gritty play, and Markus Kennedy's muscle in the paint. In no time, the Mustangs had built a 20-point lead and never looked back. The Tigers were not prepared to match SMU's energy out of the half and seemed flustered by the Mustangs' play and Moody's rocking crowd.
What It Means: SMU has their second win over a ranked opponent this season (both coming at Moody sellouts) and the miserable South Florida loss is firmly in the rearview mirror at this point.
Side Note: It cannot be overstated how loud the SMU crowd was today. Moody was rocking before the game even started and they kept the noise up even when SMU fell behind in the second half. They were in the face of the Memphis coach and players and you could tell how pumped it made the SMU players. Emmanuel Mudiay got an ovation of his own during a timeout in the second half.
Up Next: SMU hosts the Temple Owls (6-13) on Thursday in what can be seen as a warm up for the rematch against Cincinnati next weekend.
Rapid Reaction: SMU Pounds No. 22 Memphis
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