How it Happened
In their last road game of the season, the Mustangs finally were slowed down by the Connecticut Huskies, who got a big win 81-73. SMU struggled for much of the first half shooting the ball and with turnovers but was able to hang in there largely due to Yanick Moreira. Moreira finished the first half with 12 points and 2 blocks. After a slow start that saw SMU down 24-14 with just under 6 to play, the Mustangs rebounded to shoot 44% in the first half. SMU came out strong in the second half to begin but again struggled to contain Rodney Purvis and Ryan Boatright. The Mustangs continued to struggle shooting the ball in the second half but were able to get to the line frequently in the second half. Despite SMU being able to execute more efficiently they were not able to get any stops or keep Connecticut’s Ryan Boatright out of the paint. Rodney Purvis continued his big game finishing with a career high 28 points. One of the big difference makers in the second half was Daniel Hamilton who played a key role in UCONN’s late run to put SMU away. He finished with 16 points.
What it Means
This was a tough loss on the road for SMU, as they had a chance to put all the pressure on Tulsa heading into Wednesday’s game against Cincinnati. Despite the loss, SMU will now have a chance to win the conference title next Sunday with a winner take all matchup against Tulsa.
Player of the Game
Markus Kennedy: After a slow first half, Kennedy really picked it up during the second half. Kennedy led the way for the Mustangs with 18 points and 9 rebounds.
Nic Moore was called for a flagrant 1 foul midway through the first half after he was getting back up from slipping, he accidentally elbowed Terrance Samuel in the cheek while he was regaining his balance. This may be a rule they look at in the future because it was certainly not intentional.
SMU will finish out the regular season with a big matchup against Tulsa Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. CT
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