Nic Moore and Markus Kennedy scored 30 of SMU's 44 points in the second half. Kennedy did not score in his six first-half minutes, but had eight points in the first 10 minutes in the second half that helped erase a nine-point deficit. Moore made all four of his three-point attempts in the second half, including two in the final minute. Each of those two narrowed SMU's deficit to one point.
SMU took more threes (23) than usual (avearged 15 per game), but made 11 of them. Nic Moore had six of the makes, but Sterling Brown's three-pointer with 3:11 left gave SMU brief lead after a Pat Birt three-pointer gave Tulsa the lead. Shake Milton missed an open three-pointer he created on a shot fake with 2:17 left, but Larry Brown said it was a shot he was comfortable with Shake taking. SMU doesn't rely on three-pointers, but they kept the Mustangs in the game, espeically late.
SMU grabbed 19 offensive rebounds to Tulsa's eight (and 18 defensive rebounds). But the high number is even a little misleading. SMU made eight of its 25 (32 percent) two-point attempts in the first half, so more offensive rebounds are expected with so many close misses. Jordan Tolbert, who gets the third-highest percentage of offensive rebounds in the nation, had just two.
Turnovers and Shot Selection
SMU's seven first-half turnovers included four steals that led to eight Tulsa fast-break points. Tulsa built an early lead using SMU mistakes. SMU forced early jump shots helped Tulsa retake the lead late in the second half. Coach Brown was displeased with Jordan Tolbert and Sterling Brown's mid-range jumper attempts that came without a pass and early in the shot clock.
Free throw shooting
SMU made 10 of its 18 free throws and attempted just five in the first half. Jordan Tolbert, a 72 percent foul shooter, made only one of his six. He missed the front end of a 1-and-1 right in the middle of Tulsa's comeback from a seven-point deficit.
Offense without Nic Moore
Moore's time on the bench felt a lot longer than seven minutes. While SMU had plenty of space with Moore out in the first half, it scored jsut one field goal in the final four minutes of the half. Moore picked up his fourth foul and headed to the bench with 7:27 left in the game and SMU leading 62-55. Tulsa used a 9-4 run in the next two minutes with him on the bench.