SMU Men’s Tennis Loses to Rice 5-2 in Regular Season Closer

April 18, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Ali Williams

The SMU men’s tennis team finished regular season play with a 5-2 loss against conference rival Rice on Saturday. The Mustangs end their season with an overall record of 16-8 and 3-2 in conference matches.

The Mustangs didn’t win the doubles point, but made the Owls work for the win– sending two of the matches to tiebreakers.

SMU’s No. 88 ranked duo Artem Baradach and Caston Cuadranti battled it out against Rice’s No. 80 ranked pair of Peter Frank and Sam Garforth-Bles, but lost 8-7 (7-3).

Another SMU pair, Adham el-Effendi and Darren Walsh, didn’t give up their match easily. They played hard against Owls Christian Saravia and Michael Nuesslein for a close 9-8 (7-5) loss. Rice’s Oscar Podlewski and Harry Fowler overtook SMU’s Tobias Flood and Joseph Hattrup 8-4.

In singles, the Mustangs picked up two wins, one by Baradach and the other by Mischa Nowicki.

Baradach, the nation’s No. 44 singles player, defeated Rice’s No. 96 Fowler 6-2, 4-6, 6-2. Badarach finishes his season with a record of 11-4. Mischa Nowicki picked up the other win when he downed Saravia 6-4, 6-1.

The Mustangs return to the courts this weekend for the Conference USA Men’s Tennis Championship Tournament in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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SMU Men’s Basketball Defeats Rice in Overtime

February 24, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

By Erica Penunuri

The SMU men’s basketball showed their strength Wednesday night at Moody Coliseum in defeating the Rice Owls (12-15, 4-9) in overtime. SMU Mustangs (17-10, 8-5) took the lead early on leading 15-10.

Both teams battled it out for possession until senior forward Papa Dia broke the tea-party with a lay up cutting through Rice’s defense. Much of the crowd’s momentum and intensity carried on into the court as the players picked up the game.

As tensions rose so did fouls – with less than 7 minutes remaining in the first half, SMU and Rice had tied for team fouls (6). With less than 5 min Papa Dia posted a basket bringing the Stangs to 23. Teammate Collin Mangrum followed with a 3-pointer putting the Stangs at 26, leaving Rice trailing with 16.

Coming back from the half, Rice began to pick up their game. Rice’s forward Lucas Kuipers hit a 3-pointer, dangerously closing the gap 30-28. Robert Nyakundi then hit a field goal followed by Papa Dia, who hit a slam dunk bringing Moody Coliseum to its feet.

Many fouls from Rice handed over SMU points as free shots were successfully executed by Mike Walker and Robert Nyakundi.
Rice attempted to pass up the ‘Stangs solid defense but failed as SMU’s defense did an outstanding job of playing off the ball and anticipating any rebound. In the final 11min SMU led 38-29.

With only 11 seconds left the score was 56-52. Rice came back with a game threatening 3-pointer, resulting in a time out for SMU followed by free shots tying the two teams 57-57. Moody had been on its feet the past fifteen minutes and prepared themselves for another ten, as SMU and Rice went into overtime.

SMU proved themselves successful in free throws in the overtime, hitting 80% field goals in overtime alone. With shooting power, the Mustangs managed to outscore the Owls earning them a 76-66 victory.

SMU students chanted “Hey hey hey, Goodbye!” as the Mustangs ended the game with a solid triumph in an anything but upsetting game.

Robert Nyakundi scored the game high of 26 points for SMU while Papa Dia added 20 and Mike Walker 10.

The Mustangs return to the court again Saturday the 26th at Marshall.

AUDIO: On The Phone with SMU Men’s Basketball Coach Matt Doherty Feb. 10, 2010

February 10, 2010 by · Comments Off 

Listen to Sports Editor Robby Gillespie interview SMU men’s basketball coach Matt Doherty talk about the big wins so far this season and the huge home game against the UTEP Miners

AUDIO: On The Phone with SMU Forward Robert Nyakundi

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

Men’s Soccer Wins Twice at Home

September 15, 2008 by · Comments Off 

By Casey Gibeaut and Josh Webb;

The SMU men’s soccer team opened its home schedule last weekend by defeating George Mason and Oakland, winning the Prego’s Express Italian Men’s Soccer Invitational.

Senior forward Paulo da Silva was named the tournament’s MVP, while teammates Kekoa Osorio, Ryan Mirsky and Craig Hill were named to the all-tournament team.

Against George Mason on Friday, forward Manuel Mariel scored the first goal just four minutes into the game. The Mustangs looked to have the game in control by leading 1-0 at the end of the first half.

In the second half, the Mustangs continued to show why they were the dominant team. Da Silva, the Conference USA player of the week, scored on a pass by Jeff Harwell from 22 yards in the 77th minute. Ahead 2-0, the Mustangs did let up. In the 81st minute, freshman Diogo de Almeida scored off of a George Mason turnover.

The Mustangs kept their momentum in game two of the tournament, defeating Oakland 3-1 on Saturday to win the tournament title.

Freshman Payton Hickey scored his first collegiate goal in the 41st minute from an assist by Dane Saintus. Freshman Joe Cooper also scored his first goal with an assist from senior midfielder Gabriel Arredondo.

However, Oakland refused to be shut out. In the 70th minute, Martin Sandell nailed a shot just inside the left goal post. But just 23 seconds later, SMU solidified the win with a goal by sophomore Leone Cruz.

This weekend the fourth-ranked Mustangs (5-0-1) head to Oklahoma to play in the Tulsa Tournament, where they will face-off against Northern Illinois on Friday and Hofstra on Sunday.