On Wednesday night, Nic Moore was a having himself a good time—broken pinky and all.
The senior point guard lit it up from 3-point range—knocking down five 3-pointers on his way to 26 points, three rebounds, six assists and a steal. With his offensive outburst, SMU managed to outlast long-time rival TCU 75-70.
SMU is now 105-85 all-time against TCU and has won the last four matchups.
What’s more, No. 22 SMU remains undefeated this season—one in which it can’t even play in the post season.
But man oh man was it good to see Nic’s whole arsenal—especially after missing the game against Brown.
With this supporting cast around him he doesn’t need to carry the team like he did today. However its games like this that will keep defenses honest.
That is why Nic is so valuable. He can affect a game just by suiting up. And as we saw today, when the other guys aren’t cutting it, he can flip that switch and put numbers on the board.
It’s the kind of performance that puts teams on notice and reminds them who the reigning AAC player of the year is.
I also want to point out that SMU did another solid job of protecting the ball. Ten turnovers is still hovering around that danger zone for me, but its back to back games for them with less than 12 turnovers.
Furthermore, they held TCU to just 13 points off those turnovers.
SMU also did solid job rebounding and limiting second chance opportunities for the Horned frogs. . With TCU making nine 3-pointers on 33 percent shooting it was pivotal the SMU rebounded well and they did. The Mustangs out rebounded TCU 44-32 and had 24 second chance points to TCU’s 11.
Shout out to Jordan Tolbert for snagging nine boards, especially those six on the offensive side of the court.
Markus Kennedy has been Mr. Consistent all season long and he didn’t stay against TCU—he finished with 15 points, six boards and a block. His 15 marks a new season high and his blocked shot brings him to a total of 71 for his career (11th all-time at SMU).
Sterling Brown also had a solid performance and finished the game with 12 points, 8 rebounds, and a steal.
Because Ben Moore missed two free throws and finished with just eight points, Wednesday’s win was the first game in which SMU didn’t have four players score in double-figures this season.
So boooooooooo, Ben, boooooooooo. But nice to see you back on the court—try not to violate team rules again.
We have enough trouble trying to follow the NCAA’s rules let alone our own. So let’s not draw any more attention to ourselves, okay?
But seriously guys, with all the sanctions and Larry Brown’s suspension, could we have asked for a better start from this group?
If nothing else, you got to love the culture Brown has brought here, because this team is playing the right way when it’d be so much easier to take one of the many outs in front of them.