‘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.

‘Stangs Continue Winning Streak Against ECU Pirates

February 3, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By: Erica Penunuri
epenunuri@smu.edu

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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Mustangs Win Big En Route To Hawaii

December 20, 2009 by · Comments Off 

By Robby Gillespie
rgillespie@smu.edu

Rodney Clinkscales and Mike Walker came off the bench to lead the Mustangs in scoring as the SMU men’s basketball team routed Occidental 77-49 in their last game before heading to Hawaii to play UNLV in the Diamond Head Classic.

Clinkscales scored 15 points, connecting on his first four three pointers and 5-6 shooting from the field. Walker added 14 points.

SMU shot 45 percent from the field and held the Tigers to just 35 percent. Occidental’s Sean Anderson led the game in scoring with 16 points, on 7-10 shooting.

The Mustangs will take on (No. 23) UNLV Dec. 22 in Honolulu in the first round of the Diamond Head Classic. At the same time, the SMU football team will be in Honolulu preparing for the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl on Dec. 24 against Nevada.

Mustangs Get Second Conference Victory

February 21, 2009 by · Comments Off 

By Robby Gillespie
rgillespie@smu.edu

The SMU men’s basketball team has had trouble finishing out close games this season, but Mike Walker’s two free throws with two seconds left gave the Mustangs a 69-66 win over Rice (8-18, 3-9 C-USA) Saturday at Moody Coliseum.

SMU (8-17, 2-10 C-USA) earned its second conference win this season and ended its eight-game conference-losing streak.

“To come back off the mat game after game after game and play well…is a real tribute to these guys and their character,” SMU Head Coach Doherty said. “I’m just really proud of our team.”

The Mustangs led by three with five seconds on the clock before Aleks Perka’s lay-up cut the deficit to one. After Mike Walker’s clutch free throws, Rice’s Cory Pflieger missed a three-pointer at the buzzer.

“I was just thinking about making them,” Walker said. “I wasn’t thinking about anything else.”

The three possessions before Walker’s free throws, SMU had missed three front ends of one-and-ones.

“I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, what’s going on? This isn’t fair,”’ Doherty said. “I was begging, I was pleading, I was saying all kinds of prayers…but we were fortunate to make plays down the stretch.”

SMU had four players score in double-digits. Robert Nyakundi and Mike Walker, who led the team with 14 points each, both hit four three-pointers.

Bamba Fall earned his third double-double of the season with ten points and 12 rebounds.

“I think that’s the way I should be playing,” said Fall, who also finished with four blocks. “I should be more aggressive and just challenge every shot.”

SMU built up a 16-point lead midway through the first half, until Rice caught fire, going on a 32-15 run to the 12:20 mark of the second half. The Owls sunk five of seven three-point attempts in that stretch.

“We were focused on trying to stop their sets,” Walker said. “They had to adjust and make three-point shots, and that’s exactly what they did.”

The Mustangs have a history of losing control of games in the final minutes of play this season. They lost to East Carolina at home by six, a game they were closely competing in all night. The following week, they lost at Tulsa by nine. On Feb. 4, they were beating Memphis with 12 minutes left before falling by 13. Then again at UAB on Feb. 14, SMU lost by three in the final seconds.

The difference tonight was… “a little luck, a little Bamba,” Doherty said.

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