The freshman showed up tonight when SMU badly needed him to with 8 points on three for five shooting in the second half. With a number of guys taking poor shot after poor shot, Shake Milton drove to the bucket and made a couple of nice runners in the lane. It wasn't the flashiest of performances but Milton's 14 points on six of eleven shooting were huge in this game. To go along with that, the 6-5 guard also chipped in with five rebounds including two on the offensive glass. In a tough game when things weren't always going right, Milton was a calming influence throughout the game that helped keep SMU afloat.
Nic Moore took a lot of shots tonight and only made seven of his 18 shots. However, late in the game when SMU really needed him, he hit a couple of big shots to help SMU claw their way back. SMU's leader also chipped in four assists and three rebounds on the night. One negative for Moore, and others, is he took a couple of bad shots early in the second half that Brown will certainly point out during this break before conference play begins. Despite this, with a couple of huge buckets late, Moore was able to turn a struggle of a night into another big win for SMU over a very good Colorado squad.
Points in the Paint
SMU did not make a single three from outside, but rather did a lot of their work in the paint. Thanks to a solid effort from the likes of Markus Kennedy, Ben Moore and Jordan Tolbert, the Mustangs outscored Colorado 44-18 in the paint. It was a contrast in styles with the Buffalos taking a lot of shots from the outside, SMU used this to their advantage though to get some quality looks even if they didn't go down as much as they would have hoped.
With the success SMU was having in the paint, it was puzzling to see the number of quick shots that the Mustangs took throughout the game. These provided some fast break opportunities for Colorado but the troubling part was a number of these shots were with someone draped all over them early on in the shot clock. SMU had a chance up 5 coming out of the break to really take control of this game, but quick shots allowed the Buffalos to go on a 14-2 run that had them up 6 late in the second. This got better late in the game, and coincidentally, SMU was able to climb back into this game.
One night after putting up his second double-double, Keith Frazier had a night he'll be happy to soon forget. Frazier finished the night with just two points going one of six from the field with just one rebound to go with it. Too many times tonight, Frazier was looking to force shots up and the one time he did make one was off a good set play that got him a good look. When Frazier can get his shots in the flow of the game, he can be a huge weapon for SMU, but on nights like tonight where he forced up a number of shots, it really hurt the flow of SMU's offense. Frazier didn't contribute much else on the court tonight and will certainly be looking to get back on track when SMU heads to Tulsa next week.
Three Point Defense
SMU knew Colorado was probably going to come out and shoot a lot of threes, and yet SMU allowed them early on in the game to get any look they wanted. This story repeated itself throughout the game, and the Mustangs did catch a break as Colorado started to miss some shots, however the Buffalos 12 threes were a big reason why they were able to stay in this game. The Mustangs will have to be ready when they play Tulsa next week, another team as SMU knows that loves to shoot threes.