Chris Perry before the game and SMU exploited that with Kennedy and Yanick Moreira teaming up for 34 of SMU’s 63 points.
Speaking of Yanick Moreira, Moreira finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds and allowed SMU to outrebound USF 38-33. While SMU struggled at times with Jeleel Cousins at times, Moreira had another steady performance for SMU. The only downside was Moreira’s four fouls, but if SMU can get this night out of Moreira every night, SMU will be fine.
2. Yanick Moreira
While SMU looked out of sorts early and never as comfortable as seen against Tulane, the team turned the ball over just 12 times and had 16 assists. The ball movement was superb for SMU towards the end of the game including while breaking the press to hold on for the win.
3. Taking care of the ball
1. Free ThrowsThis game wouldn’t have been close if SMU connected on their free throws. The team left seven points on the court on the road against a pesky Bulls squad. Can’t do that anywhere, but especially on the road. Manuel and Moreira went 5-for-10 between the two of them.
Too many times did Cousins grab the rebound and fight off two Mustangs to put the ball back. Cousins wasn’t really thought of as a legit scoring option, but he exploded against SMU for 10 rebounds and six points. If Cousins could knock down a free throw…
2. Second Chance Points
I’m combining Ben Moore and Sterling Brown because the pair didn’t have an atrocious game by any means. The pair combined for eight points and seven rebounds, but made just one field goal between the two. Moore saw Cannen Cunningham get some quality minutes in the first half before Kennedy and Moreira took over in the second half.
3. Moore and Brown