3 Up, 3 Down: SMU vs Midwestern State

Demo Gives you three good and three bad things from SMU's win over Midwestern State.

3 Up

1. The prodigal son returns…kind of

Ben Moore was a source of offense in the first half and had eight points in the initial frame. He finished with 10 points and 13 rebounds. Moore can be a difference maker on this team. If he gets going it takes a lot of pressure off Nic Moore, Keith Frazier, and Yanick Moreira to put up points. It’d be nice if he continued it into the second, but by then, Frazier and Nic Moore were hot, so it’s all good.

2. Shooting Discipline

SMU didn’t take a bunch of three pointers tonight and as a result, they finished the game with an average of 33 percent from three point range. The fewer three point attempts means the Mustangs were penetrating and creating better, and more high percentage shots. The end result: an efficient offensive performance.

3. Can I get an Amen?

SMU was relatively well from the free throw line. The team finished with 21-29 from the line, including four clutch freethrows from Nic Moore to ice the game.

3 Down

1. Threes growing on Trees

MSU has a bunch of sharp shooters on its roster. In total the Midwestern Mustangs hit seven three point attempts. Derrell Gibbs and Breston McNeal led the way with a combined 18 points off three-pointers.

2. Who are you and what have you done with Markus?

Markus Kennedy only had five points tonight and five rebounds. He aslo only played 16 mins, but it would be nice to see a little more out of him than what we have. It is important to remember that he is still getting in game playing shape and that will take some time.

3. Turnovers

Seriously- unless they are apple, I don’t want any more turnovers. SMU committed 10 turnovers in the first half. They ended the game with 19. MSU finished with 19 turnovers. SMU cleaned it up a little bit in the second half, but 19 is still too many turnovers. This has been a problem all season, we’ll have to see if they can fix it when conference play comes along.

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