Though Nic Moore was not at his best, SMU managed to defeat Tulane 74-53 Sunday afternoon, to complete the season sweep over the Green Wave and remain in contention for the American Athletic Conference regular season title.
That was a very long sentence.
The win over Tulane, moves SMU in a tie for first place in the AAC with Temple. There are just two games remaining in the Mustangs’ schedule.
It’s also SMU’s 24th win of the season, which is tied for the most regular season wins in school history.
Nic Moore finished with just five points, five assists and four rebounds. I suppose, even Superman sometimes needs a day off.
Here’s hoping he doesn’t turn that personal day into an extended vacation.
SMU managed to overcome some early mistakes and outlast a 10-19 Tulane team, but in four short days it will have to absolutely bring it against Connecticut—which, just for the record, is a 20-9 team.
The Mustangs got a welcome lift from Ben Moore and Sterling Brown, who combined for 31 points. Ben Moore also added 12 rebounds, two assists, two blocks and three steals to his 16 point effort.
He led all players in scoring and rebounding and posted his fifth double-double of the season.
Fun facts: Sunday was the second time this season Ben Moore was the game’s leading scorer and top rebounder. Also, he has only one double-double outside of this season (that means he has six total over his career).
Brown scored 15 points Sunday, while recording five rebounds, four assists, and two steals. For those keeping a track at home that makes 17 games this season that Brown has 10 points or more. He’s having a pretty good season.
He isn’t the only Mustang consistently putting numbers on the board. Jordan Tolbert finished with 11 points and five rebounds—giving him 16 double-digit scoring performances this season.
There is no way you mention having a successful season without talking about Shake Milton. The freshman guard had 14 points against Tulane, including two 3’s.
That gives Milton 50 3-pointers this season, tying him for fifth in program history for 3-pointers in a season by a freshman.
SMU needed all four of those Mustangs Sunday night to beat Tulane as it turned the ball over 18 times (12 in the first half alone).
The Mustangs also went 15-23 from the free throw line. While eight points wasn’t a difference maker Sunday against Tulane, every point will matter so much more against Connecticut. So will every possession.
Turning the ball over 18 times is disgustingly careless.
SMU might not be able to survive another game with Nic Moore MIA if they don’t tighten those issues up.
Plus it’d be a shame to bring his reign of Moody Coliseum to an end with a lackluster performance.
Do the right thing SMU—finish the right way.