How it Happened
SMU again struggled out of the gate in what was a boring game to be honest in the first half. It was 32-25 at the end of the first half with SMU having eight turnovers and the Tigers hanging around just a little too close for SMU fans. The Tigers shot the ball well in the first half, while SMU struggled to hit open threes.
In the second half, SMU got hot, from three-point range, going 6-8 from beyond the arc. SMU also shared the ball a little more, improving ball movement and tallying 10 of their 18 assists in the second half. SMU took advantage of turnovers, scoring 27 points off turnovers.
What it Means
SMU gets on track after a tough, physical game against Arkansas. While it wasn’t pretty and SMU has plenty to work on, the Mustangs got a little confidence tonight. Nic Moore shot the ball better than he had been, which is a big boost. Moore was everywhere for SMU tonight.
Player of the Game
Nic Moore: SMU’s point guard has had a less than stellar start to his season, but showed big time improvement against Texas Southern. Moore finished with 7-9 shooting, including 3-4 from three-point range. Moore had 17 points, five assists, and a career-high seven rebounds in 35 minutes. Most importantly, Moore managed the game well for the most part with only three turnovers and two fouls.
Keith Frazier has scored in double-figures in four out of SMU’s six games this year. Frazier’s three highest career-scoring games have come in the past three, scoring 17, 16 and 16. Even more importantly, Frazier has also grabbed seven and six rebounds respectively in his last two games.
SMU takes on Monmouth on Sunday at 6 p.m. CT in Moody Coliseum.