How it Happened
The Mustangs picked up their 15th straight win the start the season thanks to key contributions from every starter. The Mustangs continued to play their brand of team basketball on their way to a 88-73 win over the Knights. SMU did a nice job of finding the open player, while also not forcing too many passes. Nic Moore (20 points and 3 assists), Shake Milton (6 points and 5 assists) and Sterling Brown (13 points and 7 assists) shared the ball well while continuing to impress on the offensive end. Brown bounced back from his first half ejection against Cincinnati and impressed on both ends of the court. Jordan Tolbert was once again a force inside and didn’t let the size and length of Tacko Fall hinder him on his way to 19 points and 7 rebounds.
What it Means
The Mustangs, now 15-0, pick up their fourth win of conference play and avoid losing the trap game to an average UCF team. The Mustangs once again took care of business as they were expected to against a lesser team.
Player of the Game
Ben Moore—The junior forward lead all scorers with 23 points to go along with 6 rebounds and 3 assists. With Kennedy battling a reinjured ankle injury, Moore stepped up in his absence and showed that he can play aggressively on the offensive end when need be. Moore attacked the basket well, and even showed he can knock down the short jumpers that he has been working on.
Larry Brown did not return to the bench in the second half because vertigo. SMU says the Hall of Fame coach was feeling ill Sunday morning as well.
Up next for the Mustangs, the East Carolina Pirates. SMU will head east to face the Pirates on Wednesday. That game tips at 5:15 CT on ESPNews.