SMU had to be nearly perfect to win at Koch, and they were

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) -- Southern Methodist University handed Wichita State a sobering 83-78 loss Wednesday night, their first of AAC play.

It was also their first loss at Koch Arena after 27-straight wins, a stat the Mustangs kept in mind.

"I felt coming in here that we had to play a perfect game. You can't play a perfect game, but a near perfect game," SMU Head Coach Tim Jankovich. "Nobody ever wins here and there's a reason for that."

Junior Guard Shake Milton said his team used Wichita State's win-streak as extra motivation.

"Coming into a place like this, knowing it was going to have an environment like this, their fans were going to be crazy, everybody was geeked up and ready to play for this one," he said.

Milton had a career night for the Mustangs. He played all 40 minutes, and finished with 33 points on 11 of 14 shooting.

"He's a great player but tonight he was absolutely amazing," Jankovich said. "I didn't know he was going to play like that, that was maybe more than perfect. I don't know how you can play better than he played tonight."

Gregg Marshall was impressed with the junior guard, and even compared his style to the freshman phenom he faced earlier this year, Oklahoma's Trae Young.

"We seem to bring out the best in team's shooting the basketball," he said. "I think some of that's us, but again, you have to give them credit. Their game plan, their skill level, their ability to come in here and make shots regardless of the home crowd."

The entire SMU team shot 64 percent from the field, 50 percent from deep. When your defense is contesting, you only have one other thing to blame.

"It's just what happens when you don't have particularly good karma. We didn't have great karma tonight."

Wichita State heads to Houston Saturday at 11:00am. It will be the first rematch of the AAC schedule. The Shockers blasted the Cougars 73-55 in the first meeting.