Mustang Basketball Brings Home a Solid Victory

February 17, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Erica Penunuri

It has been over a decade since Mustangs men’s basketball last defeated the Houston Cougars. Wednesday night’s game disrupted that curse as the SMU Mustangs (16-9, 7-4 C-USA) brought it big with Papa Dia posting 27 points, defeating the Houston Cougars (12-12, 4-7 C-USA).

SMU started strong and ended strong in shooting 62.5 percent in the first half and taking a 39-32 lead into the second half.

The ‘Stangs were able to maintain their lead with Junior forward Robert Nyakundi boosting the score with 16 points and putting the Cougars through an 8 minute scoring drought.

“I thought we showed tremendous poise in the second half building that lead, great stops on defense and took better care of the ball in the second half,” said head coach Matt Doherty. “We were very, very patient and made them chase and as a result got great shots in the second half.”

The Mustangs have won 6 of their past 7 games and had a season-high of 13 steals – the most ever for the ‘Stangs in Conference USA game. The Mustangs shot 56.8 percent from the field.

The ‘Stangs are fifth in C-USA and look for their 7th win this Saturday at home against Tulsa at 2:00pm.

SMU Men’s Basketball Falls Short to UTEP

February 13, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Erica Penunuri

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.

‘Stangs Continue Winning Streak Against ECU Pirates

February 3, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By: Erica Penunuri

Despite snow, wind and ice, SMU men’s basketball displayed one of their most heated games yet for a fourth consecutive win Wednesday night.

Robert Nyakundi goes for a shot against ECU at Moody Coliseum on Wednesday night. (PHOTO BY STUART PALLEY / SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

The game started off tight between the East Carolina Pirates (12-10, 4-4) and the SMU Mustangs (14-8, 5-3), as the scoreboard showed little to no gap.

By the end of the first half, the Pirates held the lead (25-19). Towards the beginning of the second half Mustangs struggled to execute shots. It wasn’t until the final 15 minutes that something clicked for the ‘Stangs.

“It felt like something just went right,” senior Papa Dia said.

The final 14 minutes SMU completely shut out the Pirates not letting a single field goal in. Coach Matt Doherty attributes the fans as SMU’s winning factor,

“First of all, I think the students were the MVP of tonight’s game. They came out in force and gave us the home court advantage that we needed. I thought that they really energized our defense and at the end of the game gave us a huge lift,” Doherty said.

SMU's Papa Dia fights for a rebound against an ECU defender at Moody Coliseum on Wednesday night. (PHOTO BY STUART PALLEY / SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

Papa Dia led the Stangs with 13 points and 13 rebounds. Robert Nyakundi scored 9 points, Jereimiah Samarripas 10 and Mike Walker 12. Walker also made game-turning three-pointers that gave the ‘Stangs momentum and lifted Moody Coliseum to its feet.

This heated victory (46-41) puts the Mustangs one game away from first place in Conference USA.

Come support the ‘Stangs here at Moody Coliseum, next Wednesday against Tulane at 7 p.m.

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Nyakundi Brings Home a Win for Stangs

January 31, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

By Erica Penunuri

Mustangs (13-8, 4-3 Conference USA) grab another victory while on the road Saturday defeating Rice 75-68.

Robert Nyakundi helped bring home the win for the ‘Stangs by scoring a career high of 29 points, including seven three-pointers.

Papa Dia contributed 19 points and Mike Walker 13 to SMU, who have one their third game in a row.

The Owls (10-11, 2-5) led the majority of the first half, as Arsalan Kazemi scored 21 points and had a game-high of 16 rebounds.

However, Rice struggled to lock down their lead when Papa Dia scored 2:02 in the frist half, handing the lead over to the Stangs 29-27.

Nyakundi and Collin Mangrum followed with 3-pointers with 1:01 to go, and the score at 35-27, SMU.

After the Mustangs’ performance, Rice was unable to gain back their lead.

You can catch the Mustangs next match, at SMU. They play Wednesday, at 7:00p.m. at Moody Colliseum against East Carolina.

Coach Doherty’s Lunch With SMU Students

January 24, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Briana Darensburg

Student fans gathered for lunch with the men’s basketball coach Matt Doherty at the Umphrey Lee ROFC. This is the first of several scheduled ‘Lunch with Doh’ events in an attempt to draw in more fans to the home basketball games. Students enjoyed insight about upcoming games with Coach Doherty and senior basketball player, Papa Dia.

The Daily Update: Monday, Nov. 22

November 22, 2010 by · Comments Off 

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Men’s Basketball Player McCoy to Transfer

May 5, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

By Nate Regan

SMU has confirmed that sophomore guard Paul McCoy is going to transfer to another school after asking to be released from his basketball scholarship.

In two seasons with the Mustangs, McCoy racked up 544 points, 137 assists and 73 steals.

As a freshman, McCoy led the team with 13.4 points per game while averaging 4.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.6 steals per game, and was named Co-MVP along with guard Derek Williams.

McCoy missed the final 10 games of his sophomore season with a torn ACL.

“We appreciate all that he accomplished here and wish him nothing but success in his future endeavors,” SMU Head Coach Matt Doherty said in a statement.

Schools wishing to speak to McCoy must be granted permission from SMU first.

Men’s Basketball Signs Highly Touted Player

April 29, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Robby Gillespie

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.

Williams Named Team MVP at Men’s Basketball Banquet

April 19, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Nate Regan

Graduating seniors Mouhammad Faye and Derek Williams were each honored and Williams named team MVP at the annual men’s basketball awards banquet Thursday, Apr. 15, at the Doubletree Campbell Center in Dallas.

Williams, who was named Co-MVP with Paul McCoy last year, led the Mustangs with 16.6 points per game this season, good for fourth among all Conference USA players.

He also paced the team with an average of 3.7 assists in 36.4 minutes per game.

Junior forward Papa Dia received seven team honors, including the Screener, Charges, Rebounder, Blocks / Deflections, Defensive and Most Improved awards.

Dia and Williams were also recognized for their selection to the 2010 All-Conference USA Third Team.

Faye was given the Good Plays award, McCoy was honored with the Hustle award and sophomore forward Robert Nyakundi earned the Coaches Award.

In addition, junior center Tomasz Kwiatkowski and freshman guard Austin Horn were each recognized with the team Academic Award.

SMU’s two all-conference players were the most since the 2001-02 season, and the team finished with its best conference record (7-9) since joining C-USA in 2005.

The Mustangs held C-USA opponents to just 61.0 points per game, their best scoring defense in league play since allowing an average of 60.9 points per game in the Southwest Conference in 1958-59.

Baylor Falls to Duke in Elite Eight

March 28, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Nate Regan

The Duke Blue Devils became the only No. 1 seed to advance to this year’s Final Four with a 78-71 win Sunday over Baylor University at Reliant Stadium in Houston.

The No. 3 Bears led the Blue Devils at the half, 35-32, but guards Jon Scheyer and Nolan Smith combined for 49 points for Duke in the comeback victory.

The Blue Devils will take on West Virginia University Saturday in the school’s first Final Four appearance since 2004.

Baylor advanced to the Elite Eight with a 72-49 win Friday over Saint Mary’s College at Reliant Stadium.

Junior guard LaceDarius Dunn led all scorers with 23 points while senior guard Tweety Carter added 14 points against the Gaels.

On Thursday, Butler University upset the top-seeded Syracuse Orange, 63-59, to earn a spot in the Elite Eight against No. 2 Kansas State.

The No. 5 Bulldogs pulled off another upset Saturday against the Wildcats, 63-56, and is headed to the Final Four for the first time in school history.

Butler will face the Michigan State Spartans this Saturday for a spot in the championship game, which will be played Monday, Apr. 5, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind.

The Spartans edged past the Tennessee Volunteers, 70-69, on Sunday to earn their spot in the Final Four.

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