Ben Moore did not have the easiest task today going up against UCONN's front line but put up a strong 13 points and 12 rebounds. Moore did run into some foul trouble in the second half, however, by the time he had fouled out this game was over. Moore was strong on the glass where he picked up four tough offensive rebounds that led to a couple put back buckets. Last year in these types of games, we saw Moore shy away a bit but tonight he stepped up and gave SMU a chance late into the game.
2-Three Point Shooting
SMU could not get anything going inside with Amida Brimah there ready to block anything that came his way. The Mustangs countered this by having a hot day from outside the arc to keep the Huskies on their heels. Shake Milton and Sterling Brown were both three for five from the three point line and SMU shot 54 percent from three, something they have struggled with lately. If SMU is looking for a positive from this game, Shake Milton hit a number of timely shots early in the game to keep SMU afloat.
The Mustangs were up against some stingy defense all night but still had 15 assists on 25 made baskets. With much of the attention on slowing down Nic Moore all night, he did a pretty goob job of finding his teammates for open buckets by driving into the paint and kicking it out to Milton or Brown for threes.
SMU did a nice job slowing down a number of UCONN's playmakers including Rodney Purvis, who had three points on one of six shooting, but couldn't figure out a way to slow down Amida Brimah. The 7-0 foot junior from Ghana finished the game with 16 points, 5 blocks and 8 rebounds with six of those coming on the offensive end. Brimah also affected countless other shots and made life difficult for Jordan Tolbert and Markus Kennedy who finished a combined five for seventeen.
2-Kennedy and Foster
SMU's starters combined for 58 points on the night including have four of the five starters in double figures. Foster and Kennedy however contributed a grand total of four points and eight rebounds. Neither could get anything going offensively and struggled guarding UCONN on the other end of the floor.
3-Forcing and Capitalizing Off Turnovers
When going against a tough defense one of the best ways to combat that is to force turnovers and get out and run. SMU didn't do this nearly enough forcing only seven turnovers which turned into seven points off those mistakes. Too often to be successful, SMU had to line up against a set defense which is even tougher when there is a playmaker like Brimah anchoring the back end of the defense.