Billy has your rapid reaction to SMU's win over Temple to play for the AAC Championship game!
How it Happened
SMU started very slow, scoring their first basket almost five minutes into the game. Markus Kennedy kept SMU around early in the game, getting to the free throw line and being a force on the glass. Later in the first half, SMU went on a run to close the Temple lead and then tied it in the last minute of the first half. Nic Moore had been ice cold shooting the ball for much of the first half.
SMU got its first lead when Markus Kennedy hit two free throws with over 16 minutes left to go in the game. SMU battled back and forth with Temple then built its lead. Kennedy and Yanick Moreia fueled SMU on the scoreboard to extend the lead. Nic Moore even heated up a little bit, making a three that really got SMU going. SMU then pulled away from Temple and got up by as many as 12 and the outcome was never really in doubt once SMU got up by that much.
What it Means
SMU will play for its first AAC Championship tomorrow against the winner of the Connecticut-Tulsa matchup. SMU fought incredibly hard to fend off this pesky Temple squad, but ultimately SMU was too physical for the Owls and the team closed the game well.
Player of the Game
It was Kennedy’s energy that took SMU to the AAC title game. Kennedy had 17 points, nine rebounds and was great from the free throw line. Kennedy outmuscled Temple all day and if he had not been in foul trouble in the first half, who knows how big of a day he would have had.
Temple held the lead for 17:53 of the first half and SMU didn’t lead until just over 16:30 to go. SMU and Temple then traded the lead a couple times before SMU pulled away.
SMU takes on the winner of Connecticut vs. Tulsa in tomorrow AAC Championship game at 2:15 p.m. CT.
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