Matt Visinsky

Rapid Reaction: SMU Mustangs vs. Michigan Wolverines

Hatts has your rapid reaction from SMU's loss to Michigan.

How it happened

After two frustrating losses to SMU the past two seasons, Michigan flipped the script on SMU with an easy 76-54 win over the Mustangs. With SMU starting slow, Michigan raced out to an early 8-2 lead and was in control for much of the first half leading 44-25 at the break. Michigan senior Derrick Walton Jr. led the way for the Wolverines with 4 threes to finish with 14 points in the first half. SMU struggled to execute offensively forcing a number of drives and shots in the first half. Shake Milton, Ben Moore and Semi Ojeleye each had 6 points in the first half, but it wasn't enough as SMU struggled to get anything going. Things didn't get any better for SMU in the second half as Michigan cruised out to a 23 point lead midway through the second half and eventually extending that out thanks to some easy drives for Zak Irvin and more open threes for Derrick Walton. After a quiet night in their win over Marquette, Walton had 6 threes and finished with 23 points on the night. SMU's had more turnovers, 9, than assists, 8, which was evident with how poorly they moved the ball preventing them from getting any sort of rhythm going. Jarrey Foster and Ben Moore were a few of the SMU players that came ready to play with Foster finishing the night with 10 points and Moore having 12 points and 8 rebounds. . 

What it means

This is certainly a wake-up call for SMU that they have some things to work on offensively and defensively. The Mustangs forced too many shots and allowed easy buckets throughout the night. The Ponies will go back to work knowing they will have to get to execute a lot better offensively to beat the tournament caliber teams down the road. 

Player of the Game

Derrick Walton Jr- One night after being held scoreless by Marquette, Walton had it going from behind the arc finishing 7 of 12 and 23 points overall for the game. The senior leader for the Wolverines also had 5 assists and three rebounds to lead the way. 

Side Note

After getting ejected Thursday night, Sterling Brown was not in the starting lineup, but entered early in the first half. 

What's Next

SMU returns home to host UC Santa Barbara Tuesday at 8 p.m on ESPN3.

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