1. Markus Kennedy: Coming off his best game of the season against Memphis, the SMU big man picked up where he left off tonight. To start, Kennedy scored eight points and grabbed five rebounds in the first four minutes of the game. He finished with 14 points and nine rebounds on 6-for-9 shooting. Kennedy also did a terrific job on the defensive end. He helped hold Temple big men Anthony Lee and Devontae Watson to just 12 combined points on 5-for-9 shooting and controlled the paint. Kennedy also collected two blocks and three steals in this game. He has been nothing but a beast lately for the Mustangs and that continued tonight.
2. Paint Play: SMU did a great job controlling the paint tonight against Temple. Along with Kennedy's great game, the Mustangs got really good production from Ben Moore and Shawn Williams as well. Moore finished with 10 points and six rebounds, while Williams added 14 of his own. In Yanick Moreira's first game back from injury, the big man didn't looked 100 percent but played hard on both ends and collected four rebounds. SMU ended up outscoring Temple 40 to 22 in the paint and had an 8-point advantage in second chance points. They also out-rebounded Temple by six. The Mustangs had been dominating the paint all season, but this might have been their most complete performance thus far.
3. Defense: The Mustangs showed why they are considered one of the best defensive teams in the country tonight. They held Temple to just 20 points in the first half, which was the team's fewest points in a half all season. The Owls also shot just 30 percent from the field and 20 percent from three, while only scoring 52 points all game. SMU didn't let Temple get any open looks from the outside and made it difficult to score in the paint. Nick Russell did another terrific job on Temple guard Will Cummings by holding him to just 10 points on 3-for-11 shooting. Overall, Larry Brown has to be proud of how his team played defense tonight.
1. Turnovers: This young SMU team has had their problems with turnovers all season and it continued tonight. The Mustangs turned the ball over 15 times and allowed Temple to score nine points off those turnovers. When Nic Moore is off the floor, SMU lacks another true point guard to run the offense. Markus Kennedy had four turnovers and Nick Russell and Keith Frazier had three each. Russell and Ryan Manuel need to learn how to be more effective running the team or else the turnovers will continue.
2. Three Point Shooting: SMU has struggled from the three-point line this year, and they had some problems again tonight in their win over Temple. Besides Keith Frazier, the team shot just 2-for-8 from deep. Frazier was the team's only consistent outside shooter tonight. He went 3-for-4 from three and scored 11 points. Nick Russell missed both his three-point attempts and even sharpshooter Nic Moore was just 1-for-4 in this game. The Mustangs were happy to see Frazier shooting well, but they haven't got consistent enough outside shooting this year. With this performance, they are now at just 36 percent from the three for the season.
3. Free Throw Shooting: The Mustangs also struggled shooting free throws once again tonight. The team was 8-for-14 from the charity stripe for just 57 percent. Markus Kennedy was 2-for-4 and Sterling Brown and Ryan Manuel both missed their only attempts. This wasn't as big of a problem tonight as it's been in the past few games, but there wasn't a lot the Mustangs did wrong tonight. If they can fine tune their free throw shooting to help them score more on offense, this team has a chance to be really dangerous come tournament time.
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