No. 27 Mustangs Beat Memphis, Advance to Semifinals

April 24, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Nate Regan
nregan@smu.edu

The No. 27 women’s tennis team beat the University of Memphis, 4-0, on Friday in the second round of the Conference USA Championship tournament in Tulsa, Okla.

Top-seeded SMU (23-3) won all three doubles matches against the No. 8 seed Tigers (13-11) to take an early 1-0 lead.

In singles, a trio of freshmen put together consecutive straight-set victories to seal the win for the Mustangs.

At No. 5 singles, Edyta Cieplucha beat the Tigers’ Dara Toulch (6-0, 6-1) before Shahzoda Hatamova defeated Kelly Gray (6-3, 6-3) at the fourth spot.

Katerina Vankova followed with a win over Memphis’s Marjorie Ondeck (6-0, 7-5) to seal the Mustang victory.

SMU will face No. 59 Marshall University (18-6) in the semifinal round at noon Saturday at the Michael D. Case Tennis Center in Tulsa.

The winner will take on either No. 41 Rice University or the No. 35 University of Tulsa in Sunday’s C-USA Championship final.

Doherty Criticized for Interaction with Memphis Crowd

February 22, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Nate Regan
nregan@smu.edu

SMU men’s basketball head coach Matt Doherty has received criticism in the blogosphere the last couple of days for his “give-and-take” comments at the end of Saturday’s 76-63 loss to the University of Memphis at FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tenn.

In the game’s final minutes, Doherty could be seen exchanging not-so-pleasantries with members of the Memphis crowd near the Mustangs’ bench.

One site reported that when Tigers fans began “jawing at Doherty … the coach reportedly wheeled around and started dishing some smack talk right back.”

The Jackson Sun — which called Doherty’s actions “a disgrace” — was more specific, quoting the coach as saying:

  • “At least I went to a real college and not Memphis Tech!”
  • “At least my guys actually take their SATs!”
  • “They need to take all those championship banners down because that school doesn’t exist anymore!”

In a post-game radio interview, Doherty said, “It’s fun, I enjoy that. Memphis is a basketball town … The fans here are good, they give-and take. They give me a hard time, I give them a hard time, and it’s all in fun.”

The Dallas Morning News also reported that a “skirmish” occurred between the two teams as they headed to the locker rooms following the game, but it amounted to nothing more than talking.

Doherty and the Mustangs play their next game on the road as well, this time against the East Carolina University Pirates on Thursday.

The game, which will be nationally-televised on CBS College Sports, will tip off at 6 p.m. in Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum in Greenville, N.C.

Mustangs Drop 76-63 Decision at Memphis

February 20, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Nate Regan
nregan@smu.edu

The men’s basketball team twice came back from double-digit deficits, but could not pull off the upset Saturday night in front of 17,047 at FedEx Forum in Memphis.

SMU (12-14, 5-7 Conference USA) was led by 18 points from senior forward Mouhammad Faye, but the Tigers (20-7, 10-2 C-USA) went 15-for-30 from three-point range in a 76-63 victory.

“I was proud of our guys,” head coach Matt Doherty said in a post-game radio interview. “I thought that we really showed fight.”

The Tigers, who never trailed in the game, were led by 16 points from sophomore guard Elliot Williams and 15 apiece from guard Roburt Sallie and forward Wesley Witherspoon.

With 76 points, Memphis is just the third conference opponent this season to reach their scoring average against the Mustangs’ defense.

“I was disappointed that we let them shoot 48 percent from the field,” Doherty said. “Our field-goal-percentage defense has been pretty good, one of the best in the league, but they shot the ball extremely well.”

The Tigers made five of their first seven three-pointers to take a 31-14 lead just over 10 minutes into the game, but SMU went on an 11-0 run and trailed by just 10 at halftime.

Memphis once again went on a three-point binge to open its advantage to 24 points with 12:49 left to play, but another SMU scoring run – this time 14-0 – helped cut the lead to 66-58 in the final minutes.

“I’m proud of our effort,” Doherty said. “I think our guys located their shooters better [in the second half.]”

For the Mustangs, junior forward Papa Dia recorded his seventh double-double of the season with 10 points and 11 rebounds while sophomore forward Robert Nyakundi and senior guard Derek Williams each added 11 points.

SMU stays on the road for next Wednesday’s match-up with the East Carolina University Pirates (8-17, 2-9 C-USA).

The team returns home on Saturday, Feb. 27, to face the University of Houston Cougars (13-12, 5-6 C-USA) at 7 p.m. at Moody Coliseum.

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.

Mustangs Outlast Memphis, Win 4th Straight

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