How it Happened
SMU out rebounded and out shot Tulsa on its way to a sixth straight win. The Mustangs grabbed 38 rebounds to Tulsa’s 23—nine of those rebounds came on the offensive glass for SMU and led to 10 second chance points. SMU also shot 49.1 percent from the field, 44.4 percent from 3-point range while holding Tulsa to 36.7 percent from the field and 36.4 percent from beyond the arc.
Sterling Brown, Semi Ojeleye, and Shake Milton were a three-man wrecking crew—combining for 62 points. The trio also combined for 11 of SMU’s 12 3-pointers. Milton finished the night with 19 points, 12 coming via the 3-ball. Ojeleye finished with 16 points and hit a pair of 3-pointers to go along with six rebounds.
What it Means
SMU has now won six consecutive games and is 10-1 in American Athletic Conference play. The win also allows SMU to keep pace with Cincinnati (21-12, 10-0) whom SMU plays more than a week from now. With just seven games remaining in the conference schedule, SMU is quickly running out of opportunities to catch the Bearcats. It certainly doesn’t help that Cincinnati isn’t losing, but SMU has a chance to take matters into its own hands after first taking care of Temple.
The Mustangs lost a close one to the Bearcats (66-64) on January 12, so as long as SMU handles it’s business at Temple first, then against Cincinnati in Moody Coliseum, SMU will control its own destiny for the AAC regular season title.
Player of the Game
Sterling Brown turned in another great game, finishing with a game-high 27 points, five rebounds, while shooting 60 percent from the floor and going 4-of-7 from 3-point range. Time and time again Brown reminds us how incredibly efficient he is on the offensive end and how reliable and effective he can be on the defensive end—truly one of SMU’s most valuable players on the entire roster.
Sterling Brown scored a career-high 27 points in the win. James Pyle scored his first career points in the final minutes of the game. He finished with two points.
SMU ends a two-game road trip at Temple Thursday at 9 p.m. CT.