We have played several games where we had the lead midway into the second half and lost – UTEP, Memphis, UAB, UH, ECU quickly come to mind. Saturday was no different as we lost to Tulsa at home. As in most instances, there are two sides to it: 1) it is frustrating not to win after having the lead for so long; and 2) it is encouraging to see our team continue to battle and fight to be in position to beat some of the top teams in our league.
Now we need to learn how to “finish” games. Finishing games comes with confidence, confidence that is developed through experiences. You can’t replicate these situations in practice. That is why it is called “experience”. These situations will really pay off for us in coming years. I remember as a freshman at UNC, I could always lean on senior Al Wood as he would lead us through a tough stretch in a game. Then when I was a senior I could help lead our freshman point guard Kenny Smith through some rough patches on the court. Finishing games become a lot easier when you get that type of experienced leadership. That prompted me to think about our roster - six of our top players are in their first year of playing at SMU! We start four new players. They are gaining valuable lessons that will give them the confidence they need for years to come.
I want to thank the over four thousand fans that came out to the game. Our marketing department has been doing a good job. I can only imagine how Moody will be when we are vying for a league title in the next few years! It will be rocking!
Exciting times are ahead.