SMU Wins Big Over Rhode Island, 89-58

SMU Mustangs
89 58
(2-0) (1-1)

1st 2nd F
 URI 24 34 58
 SMU 37 52 89

 Points 89 58
 FG Made-Att. 36-65 20-65
 FG Percentage 55.4% 30.8%
 3FG Made-Att. 6-13 2-15
 3FG Percentage 46.2% 13.3%
 FT Made-Att. 11-24 16-24
 FT Percentage 45.8% 66.7%
 Rebounds 45 40
 Assists 21 10
 Turnovers 14 20
 Blocks 9 4
 Steals 8 5

 Individual Leaders
 Stat  SMU  URI
 Points  N. Moore - 20  E.C. Matthews - 15
 Rebounds  B. Moore - 9  I. Onyekaba - 7
 Assists  N. Moore - 7  T.J. Buchanan - 4
 Blocks  Tied (3) - 2  E.C. Matthews - 2

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 When:  Mon., Nov. 18 - 7 PM CT
 Where:  Fayetteville, Ark.
 Radio:  KAAM 770 AM
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Nov. 11, 2013


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GARLAND, Texas (AP) -- Nic Moore scored 20 points, hitting four 3-point attempts, and SMU limited visiting Rhode Island to 30.8-percent shooting as the Mustangs dominated the Rams 89-58 on Monday night at the Curtis Cullwell Center.

SMU improved to 2-0, having opened last Friday with a 69-61 victory over TCU.

Moore is one of four first-year-eligible transfers who have bolstered coach Larry Brown's roster this season. He arrived at SMU a year ago from Illinois State along with Redbirds coach Tim Jankovich, who became SMU's associate head coach.

Rhode Island (1-1) was led by freshman guard E.C. Matthews with 15 points. Junior forward Gilvydas Biruta, a transfer from Rutgers, scored 9 points and fouled out with 7:53 to play.

SMU led by as many as 15 in the first half and owned a 35-point advantage with four minutes to play.

The Rams shot 2-for-15 on 3-pointers, making them 6-for-36 from behind the arc in two games.

Through two games, SMU has held its opponents to 32.7-percent shooting.

SMU led by as many as 15 in the first half and owned a 35-point advantage with four minutes to play.

Last season SMU was 29th in the NCAA in field goal percentage defense (39.5). That was the first time SMU had kept opponents below 40 percent for a season since 1961-62.

Rhode Island won only eight games last season, but one of the victories was a 72-50 pasting of SMU at home.

SMU will play its six home non-conference games at the Culwell Center while its campus home, Moody Coliseum, is undergoing $47 million in renovations. The Mustangs are scheduled to make their return to Moody on Jan. 4 with their home debut in the American Athletic Conference against Connecticut.

The Mustangs are back in action next Monday, Nov. 18 when they travel to Fayetteville, Ark. to take on Arkansas. Tipoff is set for 7:00 p.m. CT. Full coverage of the game is available online at