Matt Visinsky

Rapid Reaction: SMU Mustangs vs. Tulane Green Wave

Billy has your rapid reaction to SMU's win over Tulane.

How it Happened

SMU didn't have the first half that Larry Brown would have wanted them to with 12 first half turnovers and going 11-for-29 from the field. Nic Moore started 0-for-5 while Ben Moore and Shake Milton picked up the scoring with a combined 17 points in the first half while Markus Kennedy added seven first half rebounds. SMU dominated Tulane inside the paint for the entire game. The Mustangs outrebounded the Green Wave 42-20 and outscored them 42-22. 

SMU gave Tulane too much help this afternoon as the team's turnovers led to far too many points for Tulane. Nic Moore was pretty quiet this afternoon, but it didn't matter much for SMU. Sterling Brown, Milton and Moore all led the way in double digits for SMU. Eventually, SMU just wore down Tulane with all the different options to look to for scoring. Tulane didn't help themselves with their shooting. SMU was able to get Tulane in foul trouble and was in the double-bonus for over half of the second half. It wasn't pretty at times, but SMU rolled over a really bad Tulane squad. After finishing the first half down one, the Mustangs rolled by a huge second half.

What it Means

SMU will have plenty of film to go over heading into their matchup against Connecticut. The Mustangs were sloppy at times, but eventually blew by the Green Wave. Nic Moore doesn't look 100 percent by any means with his five turnovers and poor shooting afternoon. Some things to fix going into their huge matchup on Thursday.

Player of the Game

Sterling Brown: The junior finished with 15 points, five rebounds, four assists, two steals and a block on the day. Brown helped shut down Tulane's perimeter players and was a huge part in SMU's huge win. 

Side Note

SMU gave Tulane way too many points that were preventable with turnovers and allowing the Green Wave to grab offensive boards. Nearly half of Tulane's points came from second chance points and points off turnovers. The Green Wave had a miserable shooting the ball so if SMU wouldn't have had as many self-inflicted wounds, this could have been even uglier.

What's Next?

SMU hosts Connecticut on Thursday at 8 pm CT for senior night on ESPN2.


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