After a couple tough games for Nic Moore, he willed the Mustangs to a big road victory. Although he was roughed up a couple times in the second half, Moore finished with 23 points and 7 assists while providing this team with some toughness and leadership they sorely needed. This was the type of game, SMU needed someone to step up and just put the team on their back to stay in the conference race and Moore did just that. It was a tale of two halves for Moore but both were positive. Early on, it was all about getting others involved as Moore had 5 assists in the first half before he broke out for 14 second half points. Overall, this was an impressive performance by Moore but the focus will now shift to how healthy he is for Thursday’s matchup with Houston.
It’s been a tough season for Cannen Cunningham at times, but the past two games have been huge games for him. Cunningham had 16 points, 2 rebounds and 3 blocks to cover up what was a rough night for Markus Kennedy and Ben Moore. Cunningham has also given the team a lift from the outside hitting a couple shots from the top of the arc, as well as, from the corner.
Yanick Moreira struggled to get anything going in the Mustangs loss to the Bearcats Thursday but Saturday night, the big man dominated with his 13 points and 13 rebounds. Moreira had a couple nice moves down low and was able to get a couple big blocks during SMU’s big run in the second half to open the game up. Another positive was Moreira being one of the only big men to stay out of foul trouble.
1. Markus Kennedy
Chalk this one up to foul trouble and just a rough night for Markus Kennedy. The SMU forward only played 13 minutes before fouling out with 4 minutes to go in the game. On the night, Kennedy finished with 2 points, 5 rebounds and 1 assist in limited action. Kennedy has been on a tear lately however, and the rest of the squad picked him up to get the victory.
2. Ben Emelogu
A week ago, the excitement was high that Ben Emelogu might have snapped out of his funk with 3 threes against UCF. But Saturday was another struggle for Emelogu where for a while it looked like he was forcing up shots hoping one would go in. On the night Emelogu finished with no points, 1 assist and 1 turnover in 18 minutes of action. The more troubling aspect is a couple of these shots were challenged when he took them. This is something down the stretch the team cannot afford to have happen.
3. Perimeter Defense
Tulsa was able to stay in this game largely due to the play of James Woodard and Shaquille Harrison. Woodard finished with 15 points on 5 3 pointers, some of which were way too open coming off screens. While he was strong in the first half, SMU allowed way too much penetration from Harrison in the second half, which was an area they actually struggled with all game long.
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