Rapid Reaction: SMU at TCU

Patrick's rapid reaction to SMU's 75-70 win at TCU Wednesday night in Ft. Worth

How it Happened

TCU came out with a hot hand and took an 22-10 lead in the game's first eight minutes, but then went quiet as SMU used a 26-9 run to build a 36-31 lead with 1:36 to go in the first half. SMU looked like it would take a 38-37 lead into halftime, but TCU fouled Sterling Brown while he was trying to get a shot off with 0.8 seconds left. He made both free throws to send SMU to the locker room up 40-37. The Horned Frogs took a 51-50 lead with 10:18 left in the game after a Chauncey Collins three, but SMU used a 10-0 run to get back in front. TCU took adantage of SMU's zone defense and foul trouble and stormed back to a 68-65 lead with just over four minutes left and held on until Nic Moore's three tied the game at 70 with 2:43 to go. Sterling Brown's layup gave SMU a 72-70 lead with 1:41 left, which it wouldn't relinquish.

What it Means

Nic Moore showed no ill effects of his finger and shoulder injuries offensively, scoring 26 points and making five of nine three-pointers. However, his didn't have his best game defensively, especially in isolation sets and zone defense against Collins and Malique Trent. But his clutch offensive performance overshadows it. SMU made this one much closer than it could have been after its second-half 10-0 run made it 60-51 with 10:20 left by playing perhaps its worst defense of the season. In foul trouble, the Mustangs played zone defense and surrendered two quick threes to Trent, but switch to man and still gave up an easy layup to Michael Williams. But they held TCU scoreless in the final three and a half minutes of the game.

Player of the Game

Nic Moore. For the first time this season, Moore carried SMU to victory like he'd done so many times in his career. Even on a night when his defense wasn't great, Moore kick-started SMU's final comeback with his fifth and final three of the night out of a timeout. While SMU has more scoring depth and guard depth than it did the last couple years, the Mustangs still need their star guard to produce at a high level.

Side Note

Ben Moore did not get the start after his one-game suspension, but totaled eight points, six rebounds and two steals off the bench. He and Nic Moore connected on two layups in the first half that helped SMU mount an early comeback from 12 down.

What's Next

SMU returns to Moody Coliseum to take on New Hampshire at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5.

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