Jordan Tolbert provided a big lift for SMU off the bench with 15 points and 8 rebounds, including four on the offensive glass. With Temple’s big man Jaylen Bond out, SMU had the chance to take advantage of this matchup even more than they did. It was still an efficient day for Tolbert who finished seven for nine from the field.
The junior forward came on strong in the second half to lead the Mustangs with 19 points and nine rebounds. Brown struggled missing all four shots he took from behind the arc but was still aggressive getting to the rim and putting pressure on Temple as SMU tried to climb back into the game. Turnovers were a huge problem for SMU throughout the day; however, Brown was the only Mustang without a turnover.
SMU didn’t shoot it great throughout the afternoon but was able to stay in the game largely due to their 15 offensive rebounds. These 15 offensive rebounds led to 22 second chance points which was big considering there were just not a lot of players getting shots to fall.
1-Three Point Defense
It’s been a problem for SMU all season long and it finally led to a loss. Every time SMU looked as though they were about to make a run, Temple found somebody wide open to hit a big three. On the afternoon, the Owls finished 14 for 29 from three point land and outscored SMU 42 to nine from behind the arc. Devin Coleman was a huge problem for SMU and finished with 23 points was 7 for 7 from behind the arc. With a week off, this will be a focus all week long for the Mustangs now that it finally cost them a game.
It was a very sloppy day turnover wise for SMU who finished with 14 on the day. Many of these came in the first half on careless passes that sparked Temple’s run to close the half. The Owls capitalized on this by scoring 22 points off turnovers and a couple of big dunks that got the crowd into the game. This is another area that has been a problem for SMU that finally caught up to them.
It was a struggle again for the freshman guard from Oklahoma. Milton finished the day with 10 points and 7 rebounds however he finished 3 of 13 from the field and also had three turnovers. To Milton’s credit he didn’t stop shooting despite being cold all afternoon, however, he was not aggressive enough driving to the basket and had a couple of soft turnovers. These types of games are certainly going to happen as a freshman, and one he’ll definitely learn from heading into their matchup with Memphis.