SMU guard Sterling Brown (Photo by Matt Visinsky)

Rapid Reaction | SMU destroys Memphis 103-62 on Senior Night, winning outright AAC Championship

SMU took care of business in a big way on Senior Night, drumming Memphis 103-62 on Saturday to win the AAC Championship.

How it Happened

Senior Sterling Brown started hot with seven points and three rebounds in the first 4:53 of the game. That was just the beginning for the Mustangs though. SMU built a monster lead on Senior Night and rolled over the Tigers by shooting 61 percent from the field and 50 percent from three-point range. Led by Brown's 26 points, SMU got balanced scoring all night included 16 points each from Jarrey Foster and Ben Moore. 

Memphis meanwhile shot just 4-for-26 from beyond the arc, a miserable night for the Tigers overall. SMU was dominant in every fashion of the game. This one was never in doubt as SMU rolled over the Tigers after building a huge halftime lead of 24 points.

What it Means

SMU left no doubt. The Mustangs will be raising a banner when next season starts without "Co-Champions" on it, but rather one that simply reads "Champions." SMU already had the No. 1 seed in the AAC Tournament locked up, but the team earned its second conference championship for this senior class. The team now turns its attention to the AAC Championship, where 

Player of the Game: Sterling Brown

The senior guard from Maywood, Ill. finished one point short of tying a career-high, finishing with 26 points and 10 rebounds. Brown got SMU going early with seven points early on in the game to set the tone. Brown finished 9-for-13 from the field and 4-for-8 from beyond the arc.

Side Note

SMU came close at times to matching Memphis' worst loss in program history, which was by 49 points. The Mustangs led by as many as 48 with 11:03 left in the game. As the backups came in, Memphis closed the gap a little bit, but this game was never even close.

What's Next? 

SMU heads to Hartford, Ct. for the AAC Tournament as the No. 1 seed and earned a first-round bye, playing its first game on Friday at 11 a.m. CT.

SMU Senior Night

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