How it Happened: SMU's Markus Kennedy and Shawn Williams beat up on the Owls down low, scoring a combined 28 points-- mostly in the paint minus William's three-pointer. SMU played great defense and outrebounded Temple 40 to 36. Second chance points were key for SMU as the Mustangs were almost able to grab more offensive boards than Temple could grab defensive boards. Keith Frazier and Ben Moore also continued to show their development, both having nice games off the bench. With Yanick Moreira back, SMU now has some big time depth in the front court again.
What it Means: SMU got through the trap game Larry Brown was talking about. Now it is all about preparing for the Cincinnati game on Saturday. SMU will put their undefeated home record on the line, but will need to be better offensively to have their best chance to win.
Side Note: Moody was sold out again, and how about the visitor list? And I'm not talking recruits. Tony Romo, Jason Garrett, Derek Dooley, Deion Sanders, Samuel Dalembert, mayor Mike Rawlings, Orioles manager Buck Showalter, Kansas City Chiefs owner Clark Hunt and ESPN analyst Fran Fraschilla, who will be calling the SMU-Houston game, were all in attendance. Some people may say they picked the wrong game, but still saw a big SMU win.
Up Next: Maybe SMU's biggest game of the year versus No. 7 Cincinnati. Cincy is coming off a close win over UConn so the stage is officially set for this showdown at Moody on Saturday.
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