SMU POWERS PAST MICHIGAN

by Dan M | Posted on Saturday, December 20th, 2014

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BY:  Dic Humphrey

SMU dominated Michigan on the boards to take a 62-51 win over the Wolverines in
Ann Arbor Saturday afternoon.  The best win of the season was SMU’s sixth in a row and eighth of the year against three losses.  Michigan dropped to 6-5.  With the win, the Mustangs are likely to receive votes in the polls next week.

Nic Moore came out smoking to start the game.  He scored SMU’s first eight points and finished the first half with 11.  The Mustangs never trailed, though the game was tied three times.  SMU ran the lead to as many as seven points, but went cold from the field late in the half as they made just two of their last 12 shots.  They took at 30-27 lead to the halftime locker room.

Despite the cold shooting at the end, SMU finished 11-26 from the floor (42%), while holding the Wolverines to 35%.  The Ponies sloppily committed nine turnovers to keep Michigan in the game.

SMU extended the lead to 10 points with a 9-2 run to open the second half.  However, Michigan answered with a 9-0 run to cut the lead to one point, at which point the Michigan crowd got into the game.  The Mustangs stopped the run with a Markus Kennedy free throw, but Michigan came back with a three point basket to take their first lead of the game at 41-40.

SMU had no hot shooting hand, so worked the ball inside to score.  They finally got the lead back for good at 49-48 with the “attack the basket” offense.  They dominated from there, finishing the game with a 13-3 run.  In the end, SMU’s size and athleticism proved too much for Michigan’s three point shooting.

Larry Brown was obviously pleased in his post-game radio interview.  “When you win a game and have 20 turnovers on the road, you have to be thrilled to death.  We defended like crazy.  I thought we really executed well down the stretch. That’s a huge win.  I’m going to enjoy my holiday.”

SMU used their size to win this one.  They outscored Michigan 34-10 in the paint, while out-rebounding the Wolverines 44 to 27.  Michigan was in the game because of SMU’s turnovers and their three point shooting, as they made eight treys.

Yanick Moreira finished with 19 points to lead SMU.  Nic Moore with 17 points was the other Mustang to score in double digits.  Guard Ryan Manuel had a game high eight rebounds

Markus Kennedy saw his first action of the season after regaining his academic eligibility a day earlier.  He scored within seconds of entering the game and finished with five points in 10 minutes of action.

SMU is now off for nine days as their next game is at home against Midwestern State on December 29 at 7:00 PM.  It will be the Mustangs’ final non-conference game of the season.

NOTABLE:

  • The Mustangs have out-rebounded their opponent in 10 of the 11 games.  They have an 8.2 RPG rebounding margin for the season.
  • SMU has outscored nine of their 11 opponents in the paint this year.  They are averaging 30.5 points per game in the paint while allowing their opponents 18.9 points per game.
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