How it Happened
With two scorers in double-digits for the fourth time this season and taking advantage of Tulane's eight first half turnovers for 10 points, SMU found themselves up 37-35 at the half. After starting 0-for-2 on the game, SMU got going with a 7-2 lead. That didn't last long as Tulane tied it at 10-10 with the teams trading baskets. SMU at one point then opened it up to a 27-14 lead before Tulane clawed its way back while SMU scored just eight points in the final 8:02 and one basket in the final 2:54 of the half. Tulane's Kain Harris hit a corner three to close it to the two-point lead for SMU at the half.
SMU started with nine straight points to open the second half with Sterling Brown having five of the nine points opening the final stanza. That put SMU up 46-35 with 16:36 to go and the Mustangs never looked back. SMU dealt with an over four-minute scoreless streak during the second half, but were able to play good enough defense to maintain a 49-41 lead with 11:39 to go. SMU held Tulane to 41 percent from the field and forced 15 turnovers by the Green Wave. SMU locked it down late and cruised to a 80-64 win thanks in large part to Ben Moore's 15 points on 6-for-6 shooting.
What it Means
While SMU had its moments against the Green Wave of ice cold shooting, the Mustangs handled the Green Wave for the most part pretty easily. The Mustangs were the more talented team and could do what they wanted for the game. After the emotional and physical game against Cincinnati, SMU responded well against an inferior team.
Player of the Game: Jarrey Foster
The sophomore had one of his best games of the year as he shot 58 percent on the game for 19 points and had six rebounds, three assists and two blocks. Foster was SMU's best defender and while Ben Moore helped SMU close the game out with his 6-for-6 game from the field, it was Foster's overall play that lead the way for the Mustangs on Sunday.
SMU turned up the heat by topping the team's first half of 45 percent from the field by shooting 56 percent in the second half. After being outrebounded 19-15 in the first half, the Mustangs just edged Tulane in the rebounding department 17-16 in the second half.
SMU hosts Connecticut at 6 p.m. CT on Thursday in Moody Coliseum on ESPN2.