Mustangs Fall Short In C-USA Tournament To Rice

March 10, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By: Erica Penunuri
epenunuri@smu.edu

The SMU Mustangs (17-14) played the Rice Owls (14-17) Wednesday in the Conference USA tournament opening game.

The ‘Stangs last met the Owls two weeks ago with a solid victory here at home. Unfortunately, it was the Mustangs that came up short this time with an agonizing final score of 58-57.

Before the match, the ‘Stangs sat at 7th seed with Owls not too far behind at 10th.

Rice’s Rsalan Kazemi led with 24 points and 13 rebounds as the team held off the ‘Stangs in the final moments of the game.

Teammate Connor Frizzelle also contributed 12 points and Tamir Jackson 11. The Owls now advance to play No. 2 seed Tulsa in a quarterfinal contest on Thursday.

Senior forward Mustang Papa Dia, who was recently named C-USA Defense Player of the Year, led SMU with 22 points and 15 rebounds. Teammate Collin Mangrum hit 12 poitns and Jeremiah Samarrippas 11.

There were impressive last efforts made by the Mustangs when Mangrum created a steal putting the ‘Stangs a point away with 33 seconds on the clock. However, the final opportunity was missed as SMU struggled to get it in the bucket within the final moments.

‘Stangs Topped by Tulsa

February 20, 2011 by · Comments Off 

The SMU Mustangs (16-10, 7-5) were defeated by the Tulsa Hurricanes (15-11, 8-4) Saturday afternoon 74-66.

Tulsa’s Jordan Clarkson scored 17 points shooting 6 for 9 from the filed, leading the Hurricanes past SMU.

Senior Papa Dia puts the ball up for a two-pointer. SMU lost to Tulsa 74-66 on Saturday. (PHOTO BY KATHERINE BRUCE/ SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

Tulsa led the majority of the game by as many as 13 points and it wasn’t until the final three minutes that SMU was able to close the gap 64-61. SMU ended with as many as 19 turnovers.

“We turned the ball over way too much…. We are better than that,” said head coach Matt Doherty.

Mustang Robert Nyakundi lead with the game-high of 22 points, Papa Dia followed with 18 and Mike Walker 10.

This defeat snapped their three-game home winning streak and makes this their second loss out of their past 8 games.

This close game challenged SMU enough to break a school record. SMU hit 7 three pointers, setting a new school record for three-pointers made (220) in a season (record was 215 in 2006-2007).

Also, freshman guard Jeremiah Samarrippas hit a career-high of 6 steals.

SMU will be hosting Rice on Wednesday at 7p.m. in Moody Colliseum.

SMU Men’s Basketball Falls Short to UTEP

February 13, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Erica Penunuri
epenunuri@smu.edu

SMU Mustangs’ (15-9, 6-4 C-USA) 5-game winning streak was snapped by leading Conference-USA team UTEP(19-5, 7-2 C-USA), 67-57 Saturday night.

Despite the ‘Stangs best efforts, the UTEP Miners (19-5, 7-2 C-USA) put up a solid defense, limiting SMU.

With less than three minutes remaining, senior Collin Mangrum made a layup that put the Mustangs up 61-57. However, the Miners shut them out and landed their victory with four free throws in the final 23 seconds.

Senior Papa Dia had 18 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks for the Mustangs . Collin Mangrum and Jeremiah Samarrippas scored 12 points each.

There were impressive individual performances and career highs set by the Mustangs. Mangrum set a personal record of 8 rebounds and Dia reached double digits for the 22nd time this season. Samarrippas hit double digits for the fourth time in the past five games.

Miners’ Christian Polk led with 18 points and Randy Culpepper added 14.

The Mustangs are now tied for fifth in Conference USA and will be playing at Houston, Wednesday at 7p.m.

Three-Pointer Lands Victory for Mustangs Against Tulsa

January 26, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Erica Penunuri
epenunuri@smu.edu

With 1.1 second remaining in the game, junior forward, Robert Nyakundi sunk a 3-pointer from the left corner to seal the Mustangs’ victory over Tulsa 59-58, on Wednesday night.

The clutch shot was the only basket made by the Mustangs (12-8, 2-4 C-USA) in the final 8:20, yet the Golden Hurricane (10-10, 3-3) struggled to capitalize. In the final 8:33 Tulsa missed seven free throws and made only three baskets.

Hurricane’s Justin Hurt put Tulsa in the lead, 58-56, with 8.8 seconds remaining.

Senior forward, Papa Dia made 19 points, gaining back the Mustangs’ lead, while Jeremiah Samarrippas scored 13 points and Nyakundi finished with 10.

Dia managed to gather 8 rebounds and finish with six blocks to lift the ‘Stangs.

Wednesday’s victory ended Tulsa’s 10-game winning streak against the Mustangs. This was the first victory for SMU coach Matt Doherty in 11 tries against his former assistant Doug Wojcik, who coached for Doherty at Notre Dame and North Carolina.

The Mustangs suit up again in Houston against Rice, this Saturday at 2:00 p.m. You can tune in on KAAM 770 AM.

Men’s Basketball Signs Highly Touted Player

April 29, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Robby Gillespie
rgillespie@smu.edu

SMU men’s basketball coach Matt Doherty announced the signing of Jeremiah Samarrippas, a senior at Bartow High School in Florida. Samarrippas will join the team next season.

The incoming freshman is a 5-10 guard who was named the 5A-Florida High School Athletic Association Player of the Year and finished third in Florida’s Mr. Basketball voting.

“Jeremiah is a consummate point guard and he is a winner,” Doherty said. “I am positive that he will make a great impact on SMU Basketball.”

As a senior, he led his team to a 25-5 record and the 5A State Championship while averaging 12.3 points, 7.3 assists, and 3.3 rebounds per game.

In his junior season he led his team to a 23-7 record and the 4A state semifinal as he earned third-team All-State honors. Samarrippas started all four years at the varsity level and helped Bartow High School to an 84-31 record during his career.