SMU, ranked fourth in the nation in field goal percentage (51.9), continued their hot shooting against UCF. The Mustangs shot 55.7 percent from the field, and 56 percent from behind the arc, on their way to 88 points. The Mustangs not only shot the ball well from three-point range, but they also did a great job of finding the best possible shots on the court.
The junior forward had a career-high 23 points and added 6 rebounds to his impressive performance. With Markus Kennedy seeing just 14 minutes of action because of an ankle injury, Moore did a fantastic job of attacking the paint and finishing at the rim. The Illinois native is playing some of the best basketball of his career as of late, and should continue to see a boost in shots with the Mustangs’ short bench.
Coming off of a first-half ejection against Cincinnati, Brown showed why he’s referred to as an important glue guy for the Mustangs. The junior racked up 13 points, but added 7 assists and 3 rebounds as well. Brown, as usual, was hustling for loose balls and pushed the ball well up the court.
Once again, the senior big man underperformed, scoring just 2 points in 14 minutes of play before fouling out. Kennedy, who is still dealing with a sprained ankle, is still trying to get back some of his condition according to associate head coach Tim Jankovich. Jankovich also added that Kennedy has not been practicing much because of the injury, so as the senior big man practices more, his numbers and conditioning should improve.
While the Mustangs continue to pass the ball well and find the open man on the offensive end, they still racked up 13 turnovers. While it didn’t hurt them against UCF, committing that many turnovers against Memphis, UConn or Gonzaga would likely lead to a loss.
3-Larry Brown’s Illness
Brown did not return to the bench in the second half after dealing with vertigo Sunday morning and throughout the first half. Jankovich said that he expects Brown to be okay, but he also admitted he had not seen the Hall of Fame coach since the game ended. Even with Brown well into his 70’s, it sounds like there should be no cause for concern, but it is something to keep an eye on for now.