SMU Postgame Notes - Dec. 4, 2013 - SMU 73, Illinois-Chicago 65

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Dec. 4, 2013

Recap

SMU 73, Illinois-Chicago 65
SMU (8-2), Illinois-Chicago (3-5)
UIC Pavilion (Attendance: 4,438)
Chicago, Ill.

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NEXT GAME:
SMU will host Hofstra on Sat., Dec. 7 at 12 p.m. CT at Dr Pepper Arena (Frisco, Texas - 5,000)
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TEAM NOTES
- Series: Tonight was the first meeting between the two programs
- Starting Lineup: Nic Moore, Crandall Head, Ben Moore, Sterling Brown, Yanick Moreira
- Head (Matteson, Ill.), Ben Moore (Bolingbrook, Ill.), Brown (Maywood, Ill.) and Nic Moore (transferred from Illinois State) all have Chicago ties
- The starting lineup played together in the first 5:56
- Nic Moore, Nick Russell, Ryan Manuel, Shawn Williams and Yanick Moreira had started the previous nine games
- Held a 36-24 edge in the paint, winning the points in the paint battle in all 10 games
- SMU is averaging 35.8 points in the paint per game
- Outrebounded Illinois-Chicago 36-29, winning the rebounding margin for the ninth time in 10 games
- Entered the game first in The American in rebounding margin at +9.8
- Entered the week 25th in the nation in rebounding margin
- SMU has held 14 of its last 19 opponents under 40%, including 8-of-10 this year
- The Mustangs allowed 65 points tonight, entered the game third in The American in scoring defense at 62.0 per game
- SMU shot 54.2% from the field, entered the game first in The American shooting 50.5%
- The Mustangs held UIC to 35.1% from the field
- Entered the game first in The American in FG% defense at 36.3%
- Entered the week 13th in the nation in FG% defense
- SMU had 16 assists on 26 field goals
- Entered the game first in The American with 16.6 assists per game
- SMU outscored UIC bench 31-10, the seventh time the Mustangs have outscored their opponent's bench this season
- Averaging 31.8 bench points this season
- The Mustangs scored the first 12 points of the game
- UIC's Jake Wiegand made a pair of free-throws 5:56 (14:04 remaining in the first) into the game to make it 12-2
- The Flames first basket was scored by Pat Birt 7:45 (12:15 remaining in the first) into the game to make it 14-6
- SMU held UIC to 0-9 shooting (0-5 from three), and turned the flames over twice in the first 7:45
- SMU tied a season-low with 10 turnovers
- SMU had 10 different players score in the first half, led by Moreira's six points
- All 11 players that played on Wednesday scored
- Ben Moore (6) and Nic Moore (7) combined for 13 of SMU's first 15 second half points (Russell floater)
- Never trailed for the second-consecutive game (McNeese State)
- The Mustangs are a combined 15-23 from beyond the arc in the last two games

 

 

Larry Brown is:
- 1676-1211 career record (includes NBA, ABA, USA Basketball and NCAA)
- 200-80 in NCAA
- 107-18 in NCAA home games
- 23-19 at SMU (2nd season)

INDIVIDUAL NOTES
Sterling Brown (#3 - G - 6-6 - Fr.)
- 3 pts and 3 rbs
- First career start

Crandall Head (#13 - G - 6-4 - Jr.)
- 2 pts
- Second career start, and his first at SMU

Markus Kennedy (#5 - F - 6-9 - So.)
- 11 pts, 7 rbs, 1 blk, 1 ast, 1 stl
- Fourth game in double figures this season
- Season-high 7 rbs
- Career-high 5 field goals made

Ben Moore (#34 - F - 6-8 - Fr.)
- 8 pts, 3 rbs
- 4-5 from the field
- First career start
- Scored 6 points in the second half

Nic Moore (#11 - G - 5-9 - So.)
- 20 pts, 7 asts, 3 rbs
- 6-11 shooting, including 3-5 from 3PT - also went 5-6 from the FT line
- Has scored in double figures in 9 of 10 games
- 26th career game in double figures
- 2nd 20+ point game of the season and the 6th of his career
- Has made at least two 3-pointers in 9 of 10 games this season (3 tonight)
- Entered the game 2nd in 3PT%, shooting 60.0% and 1st in 3PT made with 3.0 per game
- Entered the week 13th in the nation in 3PT% and 30th in 3PT made with 22
- Entered the game 4th in The American in assists per game with 4.2 (7 tonight)
- Second-straight game with 5+ asts
- Named to American Athletic Conference Honor Roll for second time this season on Monday (11/18, 12/2)

Yanick Moreira (#35 - C - 6-11 - Jr.)
- 9 pts, 7 rbs, 2 stls, 1 blk, 1 ast
- Season-high 2 stls
- Scored the first six points of the game

Nick Russell (#12 - G - 6-4 - Sr.)
- 7 pts, 3 rbs, 4 asts
- Multiple assists in all 10 games this year (4 tonight)

Shawn Williams (#2 - F - 6-7 - Sr.)
- 2 pts, 4 rbs, 1 ast
- Tied a season-high with 4 rbs