How it Happened
SMU kept on rolling Saturday afternoon with an 84-65 win over USF. It was a sluggish start for SMU as the Bulls packed it in early and often in the first half. However, a Semi Ojeleye jumper, and 8 quick points from Ben Emelogu sparked an 11-1 run, the Mustangs raced out to a 16 point lead that they would maintain the rest of the first half. SMU finished the first half shooting 64% with 12 assists on 16 made baskets, by far one of their better offensive performances of the season. Equally impressive, SMU finished 8 of 14 from beyond the arc in the first half. The Mustangs came out a little sluggish in the second half, and allowed USF to get back into the game with an 11-2 run to start the second half as SMU's perimeter defense wasn't as sharp as it has been lately. SMU quickly turned it back around though with a couple threes from Sterling Brown and Semi Ojeleye to open this one up. Ben Emelogu was a big bright spot for SMU with 11 points on 4 of 6 shooting as he had one of his best games of the season to date.
What it Means
Granted it was against a struggling USF squad, but this was certainly a positive offensive performance from the Mustangs. The ball was moving and there tons of kick-outs and extra passes for open threes as everybody was looking to make the extra pass.
Player of the Game- Jarrey Foster
Jarrey Foster just continues to impress scoring from both outside the arc and crashing the boards for offensive rebounds. The sophomore guard got the scoring started for SMU with 7 early points before getting everyone else involved and USF's defense loosened up. On the night, Foster finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds in what was another very solid all around game for the sophomore guard.
Dashawn McDowell saw five first half minutes, but did not see the court until two minutes left in the game as SMU went with a six-man rotation. For the second straight game, Jonathan Wilfong also did not see any first half minutes.
SMU heads on the road to play Cincinnati Thursday at 8pm CT.