1. SG Keith Frazier:
The most aggressive player on the floor for SMU was clearly Keith Frazier. It floored me that after having a few nice shots, hustle plays on both ends and just general smart play that he sat for last few minutes of the first half. Frazier returned to the floor with a vengeance in the second half, getting SMU back into the game with 10 points in the second half. Frazier’s energy was key out there tonight. Both of Frazier’s two fouls came in the first half.
2. Second Half Scoring:
SMU was held to just 22 points in the first half, had 16 turnovers and couldn’t really do anything right. SMU exploded in the second half, shooting nearly 60 percent from the floor. Although SMU notched just two threes in the game, the team did a good job taking the ball in the fast break and scoring – going from zero to 13 points on the fast break in the second half. SMU also got a lot better in the paint, finishing with 32 points after just 10 in the first half.
3. Yanick Moreira:
SMU’s only big man that played well tonight only really showed in the second half, but Moreira took advantage of Bobby Portis’ foul trouble, scoring 18 points and grabbing six rebounds to finish with 20 and 10 on the night. Moreira also finished with zero turnovers. While Moreira was quiet early and mishandled a couple balls in the first half, SMU’s seven-footer stepped up with Ben Moore and Cannen Cunningham struggling tonight.
1. Free Throws:
SMU hasn’t been the best free throw shooting team, but the Mustangs weren’t even close a lot of the times. SMU shot 79.2 percent from the line in the second half, but SMU missed key free throws down the stretch. Ben Moore got to the line, but went 5-9 from the line and Moreira went 2-5. That’s a tough day at the line for the bigs.
2. Ben Moore:
Ben Moore has been SMU’s best big man during the first four games, but Moore just couldn’t get it going tonight. Moore finished with one basket, but with seven points and four rebounds. Moore also had four assists and four turnovers in 38 minutes of play.
16 turnovers in the first half. SMU finished with 19 in the Indiana loss. The Mustangs finished with after totaling only in the second half. The turnovers came from all over. Errant passes, loose balls, you name it and SMU did it. SMU cleaned them up in the second half and that was a big reason why SMU went off for 50 points in the second half. SMU’s horrible start to the game was mainly due to turnovers. SMU has to clean those up.