Matt Visinsky

Rapid Reaction: SMU at South Florida

SMU cruised to a 92-58 win vs. South Florida Sunday afternoon in Tampa, Fla., its first road win since Jan. 17.

How it Happened

The Mustangs took care of business winning 92-58 thanks to 22 points and three assists from Shake Milton, plus 15 points and five rebounds from Jordan Tolbert.  SMU got things rolling early after jumping out to an 11-0 lead, and they never looked back thanks to an all-around impressive day.  The Mustangs shot 59.6 percent from the field, and 56.5 percent from behind the arc after struggling to shoot the long ball their last few games.  They had five players in double figures with Nic Moore finishing with 17 and Sterling Brown with 12 of his own.  SMU also did a fantastic job of sharing the ball.  They finished with 27 assists on 35 makes with just nine turnovers. 

What it Means

Considering the Mustangs were facing a five-win South Florida team, the win doesn’t mean a whole lot, but SMU did get back to its winning ways after dropping its game against Houston on Monday.  SMU played the best all-around basketball they’ve played in the last five games, and they broke out of their 3-pointer shooting slump.

Player of the Game

Shake Milton—the freshman led the way for the Mustangs and led all scorers with 22 points.  Milton was also 6-9 from behind the arc and finished with just one turnover. 

Side Note

The Mustangs have five players averaging double-digit scoring during league play, and that balanced offensive production continued on Sunday.  Nic Moore, Milton, Brown, Tolbert and Kennedy all finished with at least 10 points.  

What's Next

The Mustangs return to Moody Coliseum to face a talented Tulsa team at 8 p.m. CT on Wednesday.  SMU took care of business when it visited the Golden Hurricane, winning 81-69 back in December. 

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