3 Up, 3 Down: SMU vs. Connecticut

Hatts has your 3 up, 3 down for SMU's loss to Connecticut.

3 Up

1. Markus Kennedy

Markus Kennedy did not have a great start to the game but really picked it up in the second half. Kennedy finished the game with 18 points and 9 rebounds. The SMU forward also picked up 3 offensive rebounds and showed a nice array of moves down low to keep Brimah more off balance in the second half.

2. Yanick Moreira

Yanick Moreira started fast again for SMU with 12 points in the first half to keep SMU afloat until some of his teammates got it going. Despite Moreira struggling in the second half, this likely would have been a much bigger climb for SMU in the second had it not been for Moreira. The Angolan big man finished the day with 14 points, 3 blocks and 4 rebounds.

3. Sterling Brown

Sterling Brown was another bright spot for SMU today with his much improved outside shooting. Brown finished the day with 13 points, 3 assists and 3 rebounds, but it was his 3 threes that were huge for SMU in the second half. All of Brown’s buckets today came from behind the arc or at the free throw line, the only downside for Brown is that he did only take 5 shots and had a few too many turnovers.

3 Down

1. Nic Moore

It is not often Nic Moore finds himself on this list, but today was just one of those days for him. Moore finished with just 9 points on 3-13 shooting including 1-6 from behind the arc. Connecticut did a great job on Moore but he also had a couple of wide open looks he just couldn’t get to go. Moore did do an ok job not turning the ball over with only 2 turnovers but just was not able to get in a rhythm all day long.

2. Ben Emelogu

Once again Ben Emelogu was just a non-factor for the Mustangs. Coming into the year, we knew Emelogu would likely be a streaky shooter, however in a lot of games he just has not looked comfortable on the court and that was again the story today. Emelogu finished with 2 points, 1 assist, 1 turnover and was only 1-2 from the field. Emelogu had been looking to drive the ball to the basket more lately but wasn’t even looking to do much of that today.

3. Perimeter Defense

In SMU’s first matchup against UCONN, they did a good job containing Ryan Boatright and Rodney Purvis in their blowout win. Today however, was a different story as Boatright and Purvis combined for 51 points for the Huskies. Both guards, but Boatright especially, were able to penetrate into the lane at will allowing for floaters in the lane or easy dunks for Amida Brimah and others. Between those two guards, they also got to the line 16 times which turned into 14 points for the Huskies.

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