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"Right now is a horrible time for us to break apart and get mad at each other," Nick Russell says. "We just have to stay with each other."
Brown returns to the post-game press area, to address a group of reporters that's waned from earlier in the year, when everyone wanted to know what this old coach was doing in SMU.
Basketball is all about time — each possession cut short by a shot clock, each game determined by the score when the clock runs out. For Brown, especially, time sets the boundaries of expectations: How good can SMU be in one season, or two, or however many he stays in Dallas?
Brown has always made good use of his time, and he sounds optimistic he can do that again: "It's a miracle we were in the game," he says, and "I can deal with games like this." He thinks about Southern Miss, about a blown 19-point lead, about another conference loss, and he smiles. "That's probably the happiest I've been with our team all year."