Cunningham and Moreira Q&A Q&A
Brown Q&A (Part 1)
Brown Q&A (Part 2)
The sophomore from Bolingbrook filled up the stat sheet in his first career start, with 22 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists. He dominated on offense by showing his quickness to the hoop with the ball. He showed his length on defense, adding a steal and a block, although he did live a couple rebounds out there.
Free throw shooting
Poor foul shooting hurt SMU in a lot of the games last year, but the Mustangs shot much better from the stripe on Friday night, going 22-27. Ben Moore was 6-8 from the stripe. SMU needs to keep this trend up to succeed against the tough teams it will play in non-conference and in AAC play.
Larry Brown has said since the beginning of October that he wants his team to look to get dunks or layups. SMU showed patience waiting for them to open up, thanks in part to good ball movement. The Mustangs did a good job of feeding Ben Moore, Moreira and the rest of the bigs the ball all game long, while also mixing in some well-timed jumpers.
Turnovers were SMU’s other big issue last season, and the Mustangs had a few dumb ones Friday. They had seven in the first half, most coming on errant or poorly timed passes. Keith Frazier and Nic Moore had 2 turnovers each in the first half. The issues was cleaned up in the second half, where they had just 3.
Lamar owned SMU on the glass in the first half, outrebounding them for the first 15 minutes before SMU cleaned it up. Lamar had more offensive rebounds, some of which the Mustangs let slip through their fingers. SMU needs to jump on the loose balls and 50/50 rebounds. SMU outrebounded Lamar for the game, but only 33-29
Lamar only made five of 21 three-pointers, but a lot of those misses came on open shots. The Cardinals simply do not shoot the ball well. SMU started last season playing great three-point defense, but faded down the stretch. Good shooting teams like Gonzaga and Michigan loom on SMU’s schedule, so the three-point defense has to be corrected soon.