3 takeaways from SMU's 82-74 loss to Temple: Mustangs miss opportunity for key

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Here are a few takeaways from SMU’s 82-74 loss to Temple on Wednesday:

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The Joy of Painting

SMU’s offensive fingerprint vs. Temple was quite different than what we’ve seen from the Mustangs in recent weeks. Rather than relying on 3-point shooting to hang around against the Owls, SMU made a concerted effort to attack the rim and high post. The Mustangs’ ratio of 2-point field goals attempted noticeably increased, leading to higher than average production in the paint. The Mustangs scored 44 points in the paint (!) and grabbed 18 offensive boards. Every player who checked into the game grabbed a rebound. Sophomore forward Ethan Chargois was very active inside, scoring 12 points before the half and 17 on the evening. 

Cooling

The casualty of SMU changing its offensive philosophy for the night was Isiaha Mike’s dominance from the perimeter. Mike, who had shot over 60 percent from 3-point range in SMU’s previous seven games, sunk only 1 of 5 three-balls.

It’s hard to complain, however. Mike posted a double-double (12 points, 11 rebounds) and extended his streak of double-digit scoring to eight games.

Missed opportunity

While this wasn’t a one-possession loss like SMU has suffered in recent weeks, this game also felt like a missed opportunity. Beating Temple — who currently sits on the NCAA Tournament bubble — on the road would have been a nice way to rebound entering the season’s final games. The Mustangs trailed by one point with just over three minutes remaining, but couldn’t finish strong.