3 Up, 3 Down: SMU vs. UCF

Scott has your 3 up, 3 down from SMU's win over UCF.

3 Up

1. Ben Emelogu

It looks like all of the extra time in the gym shooting before practice has finally paid off. Emelogu was red hot from downtown hitting all three of his three-pointers, and most importantly, regaining his confidence. With Keith Frazier out for the foreseeable future, it’s even more important for Emelogu to keep improving his play as the season progresses, and it looks as if he’s headed in the right direction.

2. Ryan Manuel

The senior continues to surpass expectations, this time on the offensive side of the ball finishing with a season-high 20 points on 9-10 shooting, to go along with 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Not only is Manuel looking more and more like former Mustang Nick Russell on the defensive end, but on the offensive end as well now.

3. Sharing is Caring

Once again, the Mustangs shared the ball quite well, finishing with 20 assists on 29 field goal makes. SMU continues to play unselfish basketball, and there’s no doubt the Mustangs are at their best when sharing the ball. Nic Moore, despite a below-average shooting night, made his impact with 10 assists.

3 Down

1. Sterling Brown Foul Trouble

Sterling Brown got into foul trouble early and played just 12 minutes, which meant an early appearance from walk-on Jonathan Wilfong. With Emelogu having an improved night shooting, the Mustangs didn’t miss a beat, but Brown has been the glue of this team since being inserted into the starting lineup, so having him on the court would obviously be more beneficial.

2. Nic Moore Struggles Again

Nic Moore finished with 10 assists and 4 steals, but the junior guard shot just 3-8 from the field and was held to 8 points, his second below-average offensive night in a row. Despite the poor shooting night, Moore did do a few other things well, including turning the ball over just three times.

3. Free Throw Shooting

It’s no secret the Mustangs, besides Nic Moore, have struggled from the charity strike all season long, and tonight was no different. The Mustangs were just 13-22 from the free throw line, and it’s just a matter of time before it comes back to bite this team in the behind.

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