Shake Milton (Photo by Matt Visinsky)

Rapid Reaction | SMU tops Temple 79-65

Pony Stampede has your rapid reaction to SMU's 79-65 win over Temple in Moody Coliseum to move to 13-3.

How it Happened 

SMU built a 18-point halftime lead by outrebounding Temple 20-12 and shooting 45 percent from beyond the arc in the first half. SMU started slowly going down 8-2, but allowed just 14 points in the final 17:18 of the first half. SMU also stayed out of foul trouble and by not allowing Temple to shoot a free throw and only having just four turnovers in the first half. SMU lead 40-22 at the half and really it was all SMU from 13:21 to go in the first half when SMU tied it up. 

In the second half, SMU rode Ben Moore's big 14-point second half to move to 3-0 in AAC play as Temple continued to press SMU in the second half. Even though SMU allowed Temple's Obi Enechionyia and Shizz Alston, Jr. to go a combined 8-for-17 from beyond the arc and committed eight second half turnovers, it wasn't enough for an Owls comeback. SMU held on to grind out a win with four players in double figures and three just short of the 20-point mark. 

What it Means

SMU's hot streak continued with the win over Temple. It got dicey there in the second half especially when SMU was pretty much down to a six-man rotation without Sterling Brown fouled out, but SMU got it done. That'll be something you potentially hear a lot of in AAC play if SMU is having success. With a tight rotation, SMU will have to grind things out at times to get it done. By staying generally clean on the foul side of things outside of Sterling Brown, SMU was able to grind it out for the win. 

Player of the Game: Shake Milton

SMU's point guard stepped up with timely shots, great defense and a well-rounded game. The sophomore finished with 18 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Milton hit free throws down the stretch to keep Temple out of it as well. Another solid game operating the offense even though he finished 5-for-13 from the field.

Side Note

SMU made 24-of-34 from the line and allowed just 10 free throws on the night for the Owls. That was the difference in the game. While Brown managed to foul out, Moore finished with four fouls and Emelogu finished with three as the rest of the roster stayed in check as far as fouls go. 

What's Next?

SMU takes on USF on Saturday at 4 p.m. CT on ESPNews.


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