How it Happened
SMU jumped out to a 9-0 lead and continued to build on it for a 40-19 halftime lead. Even with Markus Kennedy and Jordan Tolbert in foul trouble, SMU was dominant defensively. The Mustangs really took off in the second half with everyone getting involved. SMU had a great balance of scoring tonight from the freshmen to the veterans. Shake Milton really lit it up from beyond the arc as well. SMU beat up Sam Houston in every fashion of the game. The best part was of course, the first Wilfong sighting of the season.
What it Means
SMU avoided any chance at an upset to open their season with the win. SMU got to find out what it had in Shake Milton and Jarrey Foster, which as of tonight is everything SMU fans hoped for. Both did a little bit of everything tonight. Nic Moore didn't have to carry the team by any means. Outside of the foul trouble, it was a pretty good outing for the AAC champions.
Player of the Game
Ben Moore got the start and thrived as Markus Kennedy and eventually Jordan Tolbert both got into foul trouble in the first half. Moore did pick up two fouls late in the first half and got one that sent him to the bench early in the second, but his 15 points and six rebounds at the half helped SMU build a 40-19 lead at the half. From there, SMU cruised to victory. Moore finished with 15 points, eight rebounds and two assists.
Outside of Dakari Henderson and Ameer Jackson, Sam Houston State got little help from its team. Henderson and Jackson tallied 26 of the Bearkats 50 points. SMU held the Bearkats to 17-60 from the field
SMU faces Stanford on Thursday at 9:30 pm CT in Palo Alto on ESPN2.