SMU Men’s Tennis Has Weekend Wins Against UTSA, Memphis

March 7, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Ali Williams

This weekend the SMU men’s tennis team improves to 5-5 with wins over both of its opponents, beating UTSA 4-3 and conference rival Memphis 5-2.

On Saturday the Mustangs had a close battle against University of Texas at San Antonio, with SMU gaining the final 4-3 victory.

The SMU duo Joseph Hattup and Tobias Flood won their match against UTSA’s Yannick Junger while teammates Robert Sajovich and Adham el-Effendi also beat Max Stratmann and Kolby Kilgo 8-6. No. 1 position Mustangs Bryan Griffin and Gaston Cuadranti fell to Daniel Moreiras and Martin Ayala 8-4, but with two of three doubles match wins the Ponies secured the point.

In singles play, SMU’s David Costa downed Ayala 6-4, 6-2 at the top line. The other singles points for the Mustangs were gained by Cuadranti, who won against Junger (6-1, 6-4), and Sajovich, who defeated Daniel Moser with two straight 6-2 set wins.

UTSA’s points were earned when Brown retired Griffin 6-0, 6-2 and Moreiras finished Flood with 6-4, 6-3 sets. Mustang Nowicki played close against Stratmann for three sets but finally lost 7-5, 6-7, 10-6.

On Sunday against Memphis the Mustangs captured the doubles point as well. Hattup and Flood had an 8-5 win over Joe Salisbury and David O’Hare. Sajovich and el-Effendi also tag teamed to beat John Taylor and Leon Naseman 8-6.

Once again in the No. 1 doubles position the Mustangs fell, with Artem Baradach and Cuadranti going down 8-6 to David Henry and Jordan Smith.

Both teams had to fight hard for the points in the singles’ arena– there were only two matches that Mustang players swept their wins. Cuadranti won his match against Nasemann 6-3, 6-4 and Sajovich downed Taylor 6-2, 6-1.

The other SMU wins came from Costa, who beat out Salisbury 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5), and Nowicki, who came out with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 victory over Henry, giving SMU the five points for the overall triumph.

Memphis had two single wins. Johnny Grimal edged out el-Effendi 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (9-7), and No. 49 Baradach lost his match to O’Hare 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.

The SMU men’s tennis team hosts conference rival Southern Miss on Tuesday, March 8, 2011 at Turpin Tennis Center. Play begins at 2 p.m.

SMU Men’s Basketball: Winter Break Recap

January 18, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Marissa Belske

While most SMU students where home with family during the winter break, the SMU men’s basketball team was back in the Big D in the middle of conference play. The Mustangs (10-7, 1-2 Conference USA) went 5-3 over the break and 1-2 in conference play.

The Mustangs gave an impressive performance at home, winning four out of six home games during the break.

SMU Tops Memphis

The Mustangs defeated the Memphis Tigers (14-5, 1-1) at home for the second consecutive year on January 12. SMU came from behind to defeat the Tigers 64-58.

Senior Papa Dia registered 22 points for the Mustangs, while Junior Robert Nyakundi and Senior Collin Mangrum each added 15 points to the final score.

The Mustangs trailed by 14 in the first half but rallied back with 17 unanswered points. Memphis was scoreless for nine minutes during the second half. The Mustangs were able to capitalize off 18 Memphis turnovers. The comeback ties SMU’s largest comeback in a Conference USA game.

Papa Dia Shines

Senior Forward Papa Dia has been hot all season for the Mustangs. Dia was named Conference USA player of the week last week or his outstanding play in the games against Memphis and Houston.

Dia averaged 22.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and four blocks in the two games. In both games he had double-doubles and shot a precise 60 percent from the floor. Against Houston Dia racked up a career-high seven blocks.

Dia has been a constant force for the Mustangs. He has eight 20 or more point Conference USA games and is now ranked 27th all-time at SMU in career points (1098). Dia has also recorded his seventh double-double this season against Houston, making it the 20th of his career.

Conference USA Play

The Mustangs fell to conference foes Houston (10-6, 2-1) and Tulane (12-5, 2-2) over the break.

The Houston Cougars edged by the Mustangs in the last minute to defeat the Mustang 70-68 on January 15. The Tulane Green Wave defeated SMU 79-70 on January 8.

The Mustangs continue conference play at UAB (12-4, 2-1) on January 19 at 7 p.m.

Sports Blog: Reaching Greatness

February 18, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Posted by Kristin Kimball

What does it mean to be great in sports? Is it being well known? Does it come from being a starter? Does it come from breaking a record?
If greatness means all three of these things, then SMU basketball player, Papa Dia, is great.

A junior from Senegal, Dia has been a consistent starter for the men’s basketball team as a forward.

On January 30 this season, in arguably the most popular game among SMU students and fans, Dia carried the Mustangs to a ten-point victory over top team Memphis. He added a double double to his stat card with 23 points and 17 rebounds.

Needless to say, he was well-known after that game.

Just last Wednesday, Dia became the 31st Mustang to have 500 rebounds, a record he will continue to break moving into his senior year season.
“I don’t know what the future has in store for me as far as basketball goes, but I hope it’s something great,” Dia said.

AUDIO: On The Phone with SMU Forward Robert Nyakundi

February 4, 2010 by · Comments Off 

Listen to Sports Editor Robby Gillespie interview SMU men’s basketball player, sophomore Robert Nyakundi, about the big win over Memphis 70-60.

Memphis Sweeps SMU with Crushing Defeat

February 19, 2009 by · Comments Off 

The SMU men’s basketball team fell behind early and never recovered in a 90-47 loss at Memphis Wednesday night.

Shawn Taggart led the Tigers (23-3, 11-0 C-USA) to their season sweep of SMU and their 17th straight win with 19 points.

Paul McCoy led SMU (7-17, 1-10 C-USA) with 17 points, and Derek Williams scored 11. The Mustangs shot 31 percent from the field and finished with 22 turnovers against the fifth ranked team in the country.

SMU Head Coach Matt Doherty received his first ejection of the season with 50 seconds left in the loss.

Men’s Basketball takes on 14th-Ranked Memphis Wednesday

February 3, 2009 by · Comments Off 

The SMU men’s basketball team (6-13, 1-6 C-USA) takes on its toughest opponent this season Wednesday night at home against Memphis (18-3, 7-0 C-USA).

Memphis (14, AP) has had little trouble with conference opponents this season. They sit atop the C-USA standings with an undefeated conference record. Last season, they finished conference play with a perfect 16-0 record.

Similar to last year’s team a freshmen leads the team in points. Guard Tyreke Evans leads Memphis with 16.3 pts/game, followed by Robert Dozier, who had a significant role in last year’s national championship run, with 11.8 pts/game.

In 2008, Memphis swept the season series with SMU, winning at home 77-48, and in Moody Coliseum 72-55.

Memphis has won 12 straight and is coming off a 15 point win against Houston.

The Mustangs are on a four game losing streak, and have only one conference win (against Tulsa). The Mustangs will have to play their best game of the season to challenge the Tigers.

Game time is Wednesday at 8 p.m. at Moody Coliseum.

SMU Loses to Memphis 31-26

November 10, 2008 by · Comments Off 

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Maybe Next Year

November 10, 2008 by · Comments Off 

Posted by Josh Webb

Well I think it’s safe to say that the football season is pretty much over . . . again. It seems like it was it was forever and a day ago since the last time SMU had a chance at a bowl game. Ok, so maybe it was only too years ago, but it still seems long.

This past weekend was the homecoming game, and SMU seemed like they were gonna comeback and win. The game was close, and it seemed like SMU was playing well enough to squeak out a win. But they made too many crucial errors late in the game which is why they lost to Memphis 31-26.

I was actually getting my hopes up, but when SMU couldn’t stop Memphis on third down, it was all but over. With two games left in the season, the best SMU can hop for is a 3 and 9 season. So they can finish on a positive note. Even if they do I’ll still think to myself “maybe next year.”

Mustangs Host Memphis for Homecoming

November 6, 2008 by · Comments Off 

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