SMU Men’s Basketball Announces Team Awards

April 16, 2011 by · Comments Off 

by Erica Penunuri
epenunuri@smu.edu

The SMU Men’s Basketball team celebrated the decade’s most successful season at Doubletree Campbell Center on Thursday.

With their first 20-win season, first post-season bid since 1999-2000, and finishing 20-15 in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT), its no wonder the 2010-2011 season has brought awards to individual players as well.

Senior and one of the Tri-Captains, Papa Dia brought home a slew of awards including; MVP, the Screener, Blocks/Deflections, Rebounds and Charges. He took his captain role to another level as he led the team throughout the season with impressive personal records.

Dia has taken 12th at SMU in points (1437), fourth in rebounds (911), fifth in blocked shots (143) and 10th in field goal percentage (51.8). The forward’s talents have also earned him spots in the following teams: 2011 CIT All-Tournament Team, NABC Division I All-District First Team, All-C-USA First Team and C-USA All-Defensive Team.

Dia also recently participated in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournment (PIT) that had only extended invites to 64 college players across the nation.

The Most Improved Player title, received by junior Robert Nyakundi, recognized the athlete’s skills and progress. From the 3-pont range, Nyakundi has set SMU and Conference-USA records. Shooting a hot 49.7 percent from behind the arc, the junior forward took second in NCAA and first in C-USA for 3-pointers.

Hitting 90 percent this season in free throws (tying the school’s record), the junior forward also took home the Free Throw Percentage Award.

Senior guard Ryan Harp received the Coach’s Award, senior Collin Mangrum finished his only season with SMU with the Hustle Award, senior guard Mike Walker earned the Defense Award, and freshman point-guard Jeremiah Samarrippas received the Best Assist to Turnover Ratio and Good Plays.

Junior guard Aliaksei Patsevich earned the team’s Academic Award and was named to the Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll.

Coach Doherty and the six seniors all spoke at the ceremony not only about the past season but plans for the team’s future.

Mustangs Advance to CIT Semifinals After Defeating Northern Iowa

March 22, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

By Erica Penunuri
epenunuri@smu.edu

SMU Men’s Basketball have not seen this many victories in a post season since 1956. Thanks to Monday night’s victory over Northern Iowa, 57-50, the ‘Stangs advance to the Semifinals in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament.

The game started off tight as the Northern Iowa Panthers took the lead. It didn’t take long for the Mustangs to regroup as they set the lead in little as 4 minutes into the game. From there on out, the boys not only shielded Iowa but set some great personal and team records.

Papa Dia led SMU with 17 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, making for his 16th double-double of the season (29th of his career).

Teammates Collin Mangrum and Robert Nyakundi followed with 11 points each. Mangrum also contributed with five rebounds and three assists while Nyakundi extended his personal best of three-pointers hit in a season to 93.

Mustangs stomped out Northern Iowa in rebounds and defensive playing.

SMU looks to break school history with making it to the fourth game in postseason. The Mustangs are the first to advance in the CIT semifinals. They either play the Santa Clara Broncos (21-14) or the San Francisco Dons (19-14) at Moody Coliseum on Friday at 7 p.m.

Daily Update: Tuesday, March 22

March 22, 2011 by · Comments Off 

What men’s basketball record got broken? Are the attacks on Libya having any effect? And what marathon runner broke a world record? Find out all this and more on your Daily Update!

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SMU Athletics: Spring Break Recap

March 21, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

By Marissa Belske
msbelske@smu.edu

While most SMU students were at home or on a beach somewhere, the devoted SMU students athletes continued to play as their season continued on.

It was a successful week for the Mustangs with men’s basketball, women’s swimming and track all stepping up to the plate and delivering for SMU athletics.

Men’s Baksetball

Over spring break, men’s basketball won it’s first postseason game since 1988 with a victory over Oral Roberts in round one of the CIT (CollegeInsider.com Tournament). This was SMU’s first postseason appearance since 2000.

In the victory, senior Papa Dia continued his regular season dominace with 17 points, 15 rebounds and five blocked shots. The victory allowed SMU to continue on to round two of the CIT.

In the second round of the CIT the Mustangs came up successful against Jacksonville. In the 63-62 victory, the Mustangs shot 63.2 percent from the field, topping jacksonville’s 35.1 percent.

Papa Dia continued to impress with 24 points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots. Jeremiah Samarippas had a career-high 16 points, hitting 3-for-3 from the 3-point line.

The Mustangs compete in the quarterfinals of the CIT this Monday, March 21 against Northern Iowa.

Women’s Swimming

Women’s swimming finished out their 2010-2011 season with a 36th place finish at the NCAA Championships.

Junior swimmer Therese Svendsen earned the honor of All-American as she placed ninth in the 100-yard backstoke. Freshmen Nina Rangelova and Genny Konicke also competed for SMU in the NCAA Championships.

Track and Field

SMU track and field kicked of their 2011 outdoor season last week at the TCU invitational. Several Mustangs set personal bests while in Fort Worth.

Junior Ayla Gill went for 61.70 meters in the hammer throw, topping the rest of the field by over ten meters and setting her personal best.

Egheosa Osawemsenza and Mary Alenbratt also set personal bests with a 1:03.86 finish in the 400 meter hurdles and a 2:09.81 second place finish in the 800 meter run respectively.

Viktoria Leks and Lisa Egarter took the second and third spots in the high jump while Silje Fjortoft and Lara Bodinson also placed second and third respectively in the 1500 meter run.

Mustangs Fall Short In C-USA Tournament To Rice

March 10, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By: Erica Penunuri
epenunuri@smu.edu

The SMU Mustangs (17-14) played the Rice Owls (14-17) Wednesday in the Conference USA tournament opening game.

The ‘Stangs last met the Owls two weeks ago with a solid victory here at home. Unfortunately, it was the Mustangs that came up short this time with an agonizing final score of 58-57.

Before the match, the ‘Stangs sat at 7th seed with Owls not too far behind at 10th.

Rice’s Rsalan Kazemi led with 24 points and 13 rebounds as the team held off the ‘Stangs in the final moments of the game.

Teammate Connor Frizzelle also contributed 12 points and Tamir Jackson 11. The Owls now advance to play No. 2 seed Tulsa in a quarterfinal contest on Thursday.

Senior forward Mustang Papa Dia, who was recently named C-USA Defense Player of the Year, led SMU with 22 points and 15 rebounds. Teammate Collin Mangrum hit 12 poitns and Jeremiah Samarrippas 11.

There were impressive last efforts made by the Mustangs when Mangrum created a steal putting the ‘Stangs a point away with 33 seconds on the clock. However, the final opportunity was missed as SMU struggled to get it in the bucket within the final moments.

Men’s Basketball Falls in Regular Season Finale

March 6, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Marissa Belske
msbelske@smu.edu

SMU men’s basketball (17-13, 8-8 C-USA) came up short against the UTEP Miners (23-8, 11-5 C-USA) Saturday night in their regular season finale. UTEP clinched a first round bye in the Conference USA tournament by defeating the Mustangs 59-56.

Senior Guard Collin Mangrum looks for a shot as Junior Guard Justin Haynes makes a screen on the UTEP defense. (PHOTO BY KATHERINE BRUCE / SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

Senior Papa Dia led the Mustang attack with 19 points and eight rebounds in his last home game as a Mustang. Dia, Conference USA player of the year candidate, is now ranked fifth all-time at SMU for career rebounds and blocked shots.

Seniors Michael Walker and Collin Mangrum also put on strong performances in their last home games as Mustangs. Walker contributed 11 points while Mangrum contributed 14.

Robert Nyakundi was 2-3 from three-point range, improving his season percentage at three-point distance to .489 (88/180). These numbers rank him third overall in the NCAA. The junior has made 88 three-pointers this season, setting a new SMU record for most three-pointers in a season season.

The Mustangs take a time-out as Coach Matt Doherty discusses plays with the assistant coaches. (PHOTO BY KATHERINE BRUCE / SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

UTEP will carry the No. 2 or No. 3 seed in the Conference USA tournament. The Miners will host the tournament.

The Mustangs return to the court on March 9 at the Conference USA tournament in El Paso, Texas. The Mustangs will be the No. 7 or No. 8 seed going in to the tournament on Wednesday.

SMU Men’s Basketball Defeats Rice in Overtime

February 24, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

By Erica Penunuri
epenunuri@smu.edu

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.

‘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.

Mustang Basketball Brings Home a Solid Victory

February 17, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Erica Penunuri
epenunuri@smu.edu

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.

Daily Update: Thursday, Feb. 17

February 17, 2011 by · Comments Off 

A shooting outside of the Burger Street on Mockingbird Lane leaves two dead and one injured. University Park may require students to have resident stickers on their vehicles, and at least three are dead as unrest continues in the Middle East. All this and more on your Daily Update.

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