1. Nic MooreWith Frazier out again, Moore was the offensive spark the Mustangs needed Saturday night. Moore was on fire tonight, finishing 8-11 from downtown and 28 total points. The Mustangs’ floor general was also able to find his teammates, dishing out 6 assists to only 1 turnover. Moore is finding his groove and is playing like the AAC player of the year.
Nic Moore led the team with 6 assists, but the entire team was sharing the ball on offense. The Mustangs selflessness led to open looks in the paint and less contested shots. As a whole, the Mustangs shot 51.9 percent from the field, which was thanks to each player looking for the open man.
2. Sharing on Offense
The Mustangs out-rebounded Houston 43-24, and had 13 offensive rebounds thanks to 10 boards from Ben Moore and 9 from Sterling Brown. With their unquestionable height advantage, it’s not really a surprise the Mustangs out-dueled the Cougars for so many boards, but a plus-19 margin is still impressive nonetheless.
1. Free Throw ShootingThe Mustangs free throw shooting woes continued as SMU shot just blank 68.2 (15-22) from the line today. In a closer game, blank missed points could be a dagger in the Mustangs side. All of the misses on the first half of one-and-ones also hurt the Mustangs from getting more free opportunities.
It’s not 20 turnovers, like in past games, but 12 is still a lot, especially with 5 coming just from Ben Moore. Coach Brown encourages all the passes, so turnovers are bound to happen, but teams like Cincinnati, Tulsa, UConn and Memphis will make them pay for their mistakes.
There’s no question the Virginia Tech transfer is putting in the work to make improvements to his shooting, but Emelogu still shot just 33 percent from the field (2-6). Emelogu also saw a cut in minutes in the second half after rushing a shot near the end of the first half. Against a subpar Houston team, you would’ve hoped to see him take a step in the right direction.
3. Ben Emelogu