SMU ‘Stangs Fall to Santa Clara Broncos in CIT Semifinals

March 28, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Erica Penunuri

SMU’s run in the College Insider Tournament came to a halt Friday night as the Santa Clara Bronco’s advanced to the finals with a 72-55 victory over the ‘Stangs.

SMU experienced an unexpected turn of events as their lead scorer, Papa Dia, fell victim to an ankle injury early on in the game.

Junior, Justin Haynes blocks a Santa Clara player from stealing the ball at the CIT Semifinals at Moody Coliseum on Friday. (PHOTO BY LAURA MURPHY / SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

The Broncos capitalized from there on out and displayed a strong performance in the heated game.

Moody Coliseum held an eruptive student section as fans cheered on the team more fervent than ever and supported their favorite boys.

The ‘Stangs struggled to execute their usually solid offensive performance and loss to key plays; such as Kevin Foster’s four-point play with 2:14 left.

Jeremiah Samarrippas dodges a Santa Clara player during the CIT Semifinals at SMU Moody Coliseum on Friday. (PHOTO BY LAURA MURPHY / SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

Foster gave the Broncos the 66-54 dominant lead that eventually carried them over to a victory and into the CIT Finals.

The Broncos play East Tennessee State on Saturday.

SMU finished the season with 20 wins under their belt – the first since 1990.