The Mustangs played some of their best basketball against the Bulls and did a terrific job of making the extra pass to the open man. USF threw some zone at the Mustangs as well, but they were still able to penetrate the paint and either score from there or find an open shooter on the outside. The Mustangs had 27 assists on 35 makes.
SMU made 60 percent of the shots they took, and tied a season-high with 14 made 3-pointers. While part of it was playing a subpar Bulls team, the Mustangs shot so well thanks to their passing. The Mustangs never settled for a bad shot, and they did a fantastic job of finding the cutting man or the shooter sitting behind the three-point line.
Of late, the Mustangs have struggled some limiting second-chance points for their opponents, but today they did a better job of grabbing rebounds and pushing the ball in transition. SMU outrebounded the Bulls by 11, and while they still gave up 8 offensive rebounds, they held USF to 43 percent shooting from the field, so their defense limited second-chance points.
While it didn’t come back to hurt them this game, the Mustangs will have to be wary when facing better teams. Ben Moore, Sterling Brown and Jarrey Foster all finished with four fouls, and were limited minutes-wise. If the Mustangs were in a tight battle, that could have hurt them down the stretch.
The junior forward, who was in foul trouble all day, was held scoreless until late in the second half and finished with just 1 point. Moore still played 25 minutes, but only took two shots. Even though the rest of the offense was clicking, Moore needs to remain a focal point of the offense because of his versatility.
Markus Kennedy’s Ankle
While it doesn’t seem to be serious, Kennedy looked like he reinjured his ankle that he has had trouble with all season long. It won’t cost the senior any games, but it is something to monitor as the week goes on before the Mustangs’ game against Tulsa.