SMU Postgame Notes - Dec. 2, 2013 - SMU 88, McNeese State 59

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Dec. 2, 2013

Recap

SMU 88, McNeese State 59
SMU (7-2), McNeese State (2-6)
Curtis Culwell Center (Attendance: 3,252)
Garland, Texas

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NEXT GAME:
SMU will travel to play Illinois-Chicago on Wed., Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. CT at the UIC Pavilion (Chicago, Ill. - 6,958)
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TV/Internet: Comcast Chicago/Horizon League Network/ESPN3

TEAM NOTES
- Series: SMU vs. McNeese State: 2-0, 1-0 at home
- SMU is now 5-0 at the Curtis Culwell Center
- Same starting lineup in all 9 games (Nic Moore, Nick Russell, Ryan Manuel, Shawn Williams and Yanick Moreira)
- Held a 34-14 edge in the paint, winning the points in the paint battle in all nine games
- Outrebounded McNeese State 42-25, winning the rebounding margin for the eighth time in nine games
- Entered the game second in The American in rebounding margin at +8.9
- Entered the week 25th in the nation in rebounding margin
- SMU has held 13 of its last 18 opponents under 40%, including 7-of-9 this year
- The Mustangs allowed 59 points tonight, entered the game third in The American in scoring defense at 62.4 per game
- SMU shot 59.6% from the field, entered the game first in The American shooting 49.3%
- The Mustangs held McNeese State to 32.8% from the field
- Entered the game second in The American in FG% defense at 36.8%
- Entered the week 13th in the nation in FG% defense
- SMU had 23 assists on 34 field goals
- Entered the game first in The American with 15.8 assists per game
- Fourth game this year with 20+ assists
- Most assists since 11/22/06 against Louisiana-Monroe (24)
- The Mustangs have averaged 81.2 points per game at home this season
- SMU has a +126 point margin at home this season (25.2/game)
- SMU outscored McNeese's bench 49-10, the sixth time the Mustangs have outscored their opponent's bench this season
- Highest bench point total this season
- The Mustangs made 10+ 3PT FGs (10 tonight) for the first time since 3/3/12 when the Mustangs went 10-30 against UTEP (W, 57-48)
- SMU shot 71.4% from beyond the arc tonight, tied for the third-highest mark in program history
- The Mustangs scored 52 points in the first half, the most by an SMU team in the first half since 12/7/09 when the Mustangs led Texas State 52-41 at halftime (W, 94-86)
- Nic Moore hit his first 5 3PT attempts in the first17 minutes of the game
- SMU shot 71.4% in the first half on 20-28 shooting and 77.8% from beyond the arc on 7-of-9 shooting
- The Mustangs held McNeese State to 18.8% shooting in the first half (6-of-32) and 10.5% from three (2-of-19)
- First time a player (Nic Moore) went 5-for-5 from beyond the arc since Rodney Clinkscales on 11/12/2010 against Arkansas-Little Rock
- 13 different Mustangs scored

 

 

Larry Brown is:
- 1675-1211 career record (includes NBA, ABA, USA Basketball and NCAA)
- 199-80 in NCAA
- 107-18 in NCAA home games
- 22-19 at SMU (2nd season)

INDIVIDUAL NOTES
Sterling Brown (#3 - G - 6-6 - Fr.)
- 5 pts, 6 rbs, 1 stl
- Season-high 5 pts

Cannen Cunningham (#15 - C - 6-10 - Jr.)
- 8 pts, 4 rbs, 2 asts, 1 blk
- 8th at SMU with 84 career blocked shots
- Season-high 2 asts

Kevin Dunleavy Jr. (#10 - G - 6-2 - Jr.)
- 2 pts, his first career pts

Keith Frazier (#4 - G - 6-5 - Fr.)
- 8 pts, 1 rb, 1 ast
- 3-4 from the field and 2-2 from beyond the arc

Crandall Head (#13 - G - 6-4 - Jr.)
- 6 pts, 3 rbs, 2 asts
- Career-high 6 points
- Season-high 2 asts

Markus Kennedy (#5 - F - 6-9 - So.)
- 6 pts, 5 rbs, 2 stls, 1 ast
- Tied a season-high in steals

Ryan Manuel (#1 - G - 6-4 - Jr.)
- 8 pts, 5 rbs, 4 asts, 1 blk
- Season-high 4 asts

Ben Moore (#34 - F - 6-8 - Fr.)
- 12 pts, 6 rbs, 5 asts, 1 stl
- Season-high and game-high 5 asts
- 6-7 from the field
- In double figures for the 3rd time this year, and the first time since at Arkansas (19 pts on 11/18/13)

Nic Moore (#11 - G - 5-9 - So.) - 15 pts, 3 rbs, 3 asts, 1 stl
- 5-6 from the field, 5-5 from beyond the arc
- 4+ 3PT made for the fourth time this season (5 tonight)
- Has scored in double figures in 8 of 9 games
- 25th career game in double figures
- Has made at least two 3-pointers in 8 of 9 games this season (5 tonight)
- Entered the game 4th in 3PT%, shooting 55.0% and 2nd in 3PT made with 2.8 per game
- Entered the week 13th in the nation in 3PT% and 30th in 3PT made with 22
- Named to American Athletic Conference Honor Roll for second time this season (11/18, 12/2)
- Entered the game 3rd in The American in assists per game with 4.4

Nick Russell (#12 - G - 6-4 - Sr.)
- 9 pts, 3 rbs. 4 asts, 1 blk
- Multiple assists in all 9 games this year (4 tonight)