Matt Visinsky

Rapid Reaction: SMU Mustangs vs. Connecticut Huskies

Hatts has your rapid reaction to SMU's 68-62 loss vs. Connecticut

How it Happened

It was the same old story for SMU in a tough 68-62 loss to the Connecticut Huskies. SMU struggled to keep UCONN off the glass and just couldn't figure out how to stop Amida Brimah and Daniel Hamilton from getting easy baskets. After a slow start to the game, SMU finished the first half on a 7-2 run to head into the break tied at 31. Ben Moore once again gave the Mustangs that second option along with Nic Moore finishing with six points and five rebounds in the opening half and 13 points and 12 rebounds for the game. The second half continued to be a grind it out battle with SMU not able to do much against a strong UCONN interior. However thanks to a couple timely shots by Nic Moore and Shake Milton, the Mustangs were able to hang around. After being locked in a tight battle much of the second half, the Huskies broke free with an 8-0 run to take a 61-52 lead with just over 4 minutes to play. The run was capped fittingly by an Amidah Brimah dunk who was a difference maker all game long. SMU wasn't done however and came back with a late run to bring the Mustangs within 4. However two missed free throws by Kennedy late that would have made it a one possession game proved to be costly for SMU.

What it Means

SMU’s conference title hopes took yet another big hit on the road. SMU now sits a full game behind Temple with just a couple games to go. With no more matchups against the Owls, SMU is going to need a lot of help to win their second straight AAC title.

Player of the Game

Amida Brimah- Who knows where UCONN would have been today without Brimah but he was a flat out difference maker with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 5 blocks. Brimah also altered countless other Mustangs shots and completely kept SMU out of the paint.

Side Note

Markus Kennedy was held scoreless in the first half until he finally got his first bucket with 15 minutes remaining in the second half. On the night, Kennedy finished with just 2 points and  6 rebounds as his struggles in conference play continued.

What's Next?

Up next for the Mustangs, the East Carolina Pirates.  SMU hosts the Pirates Sunday afternoon at 1pm CT on ESPN News. The Mustangs defeated the Pirates 79-55 earlier this season.

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