How it Happened
SMU went back-and-forth with Tulane for most of the first half with nine lead changes and some chippy basketball. Tulane kept it close by going 4-of-11 from three-point range in the first half, but the offense went cold in the second half. SMU got plenty of help on the offensive glass from Cannen Cunningham and SMU really dominated in the paint. It didn’t help the Green Wave that SMU got them into foul trouble quickly, but SMU played such great defense, that was the difference in getting the win.
What it Means
SMU won another game on the road. While Tulsa is still up on the AAC with their 6-0 AAC record, SMU is right behind them with only one loss in conference play. This group seems to completely lock it down defensively on the road from what we’ve seen as of late. That’s a huge quality to have as SMU continues to get through AAC play.
Player of the Game
Nic Moore: Nic Moore had an incredibly efficient night with 18 points, seven assists and one turnover. Moore also had zero fouls on the night. Incredible job by SMU’s point guard.
From the 15:12 mark of the second half to just 6:50 left in the game, Tulane was held scoreless by SMU. During that time, SMU scored 11 points and ran away with it.
SMU hosts Houston at Moody Coliseum on Saturday at 5 p.m. CT on CBS Sports Network.