Polar Opposite Shooting Nights
SMU was on fire from 3 tonight, while Memphis was ice cold. The Tigers missed their first 14 3-point attempts, and drew a sarcastic cheer from The Mob when they finally made one. Memphis is a poor shooting team on the season, hitting just 30.4 percent on the season from beyond the arc. Their inability to get a good look combined with their lack of shooting, made this a putrid night for Memphis. SMU, on the other hand, executed perfectly. At one point in the game, the Mustangs were 13-for-23 from 3. They were getting open looks in transition, off of set plays, pick and pops, drive and kicks and pretty much any way there is to get an open three. All six of SMU's main rotation players hit a 3, including the first of Ben Moore's career. Memphis finished 4-for-26 from 3; SMU finished 14-for-28.
SMU Handles Dedric Lawson
Lawson, who will likely finish second to Semi Ojeleye for AAC Player of the Year could not get anything going against SMU's defense. SMU was content to let Lawson settle for jumpers, and he proved that he could not beat them from the outside. On the other end, Moore and Ojeleye were both able to attack Lawson for buckets. In what will likely be Lawson's final college regular season game, he finished with 13 points on 4-for-12 shooting, five rebounds and four turnovers.
Sterling Brown does it all
In his final home game, Sterling Brown showed how far his offensive game has evolved. Mainly used for his defense and rebounding ability as a freshman, Brown is SMU’s fourth-leading scorer as a senior. Saturday, he scored 26 points on 9-for-13 shooting, including 4-for-8 from 3-point range. It was one off his career-high of 27. It’s how he did it that was impressive. In a span of three straight possessions, Brown hit a step-back 3, beat KJ Lawson off the dribble for a lefty layup, and went around another defender for a right-handed scoop layup. Earlier in the first half, he made a 3-pointer off a curl designed for him. It’s an impressive evolution from the guy who was, at one point, primarily catch-and-shoot guy who took fewer than two 3-pointers per game, though he was efficient then. He also threw two 70-foot passes on inbounds, both perfectly placed. One resulted in a Semi Ojeleye dunk, the other put Jarrey Foster at the foul line. Always versatile, Brown added 10 rebounds, a steal and a block.