The SMU Mustangs defeated the LSU Tigers on Wednesday night in front of a sold out and crazy Moody Coliseum. While the final score was 80-67, the game wasn’t always in hand for the Mustangs. The Tigers seemed to control the first half and kept the game in their control for the better part of the first half. LSU came out and seemed to find ways to keep LSU against the ropes during the early part of the game. SMU also had a slow start in their first round match up against UC Irvine, but much like the last game, SMU was able to find some rhythm to get back in the game.
LSU went into the half up 40-35, and they seemed to control the rebounds and the tempo of the game, but the biggest thing they did was keep the crowd under control for most of the first half. While LSU seemed to control the game early, you could feel the Mustangs were on the verge of making a run and getting back control of the game on their home floor.
Once the teams returned to the court for the 2nd half the mood in the arena changed right from the get go when SMU decided to make some big momentum runs to take control early on. Behind the early heroics of Nic Moore who finished the night with 16 points, the Mustangs jumped out and started to build a lead on the tigers. But towards the end of the game other players like Nick Russell and Markus Kennedy jumped into the fray and kept the Tigers on the heels.
Once it was all said and done, the Mustangs were once again victorious at Moody and are prepared to take on the winner of California and Arkansas on Wednesday night at 8pm. The Mustangs are 17-1 at home this year and will try to keep the winning tradition going in round three of the NIT. The Mustangs are also 5-2 in post season games at Moody.
If the same crowd shows up on Wednesday night, that was in Moody for Monday’s game, then the Mustangs should all but be able to punch their ticket to New York for the Semi-finals in the NIT.Please be sure to follow me on Twitter and Facebook