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.

NCAA Accepts SMU Sanctions on Men’s Basketball Team

March 10, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Praveen Sathianathan

The NCAA has placed the SMU men’s basketball team on two years’ probation for “major violations” after the university self-reported that staff members sent dozens of impermissible text messages to the parents of at least seven prospects.

The probation takes effect today and will last through March 9, 2013. According to press releases from SMU and the NCAA, recruiting also will be affected under the sanctions — SMU will have 15 fewer recruiting days and two fewer official paid visits for the 2010-11 and 2011-12 academic years.

SMU proposed the probation and recruiting restrictions and the NCAA accepted them. SMU also said in April and May of last year it implemented a two-week ban on starting communication with prospective student-athletes. The school said it also had all its coaches attend the NCAA Regional Rules Seminar in June 2010.

“We have made changes to our compliance staff and are increasing the number of staff members in view of the fact that technology is adding new dimensions to the compliance environment,” Athletic Director Steve Orsini said in a prepared statement.

According to the press release, head coach Matt Doherty received “erroneous advice” from a former SMU compliance officer suggesting that texts to parents were allowed under NCAA rules.

After learning of the violation Doherty reported the violations and informed his staff on the correct rules. The NCAA said Doherty’s staff sent about 100 text messages based on the misinformed advice.

Investigators believed the SMU violations were different from other text message cases in that the men’s basketball staff “sought guidance on rules rather than knowingly circumventing them,” according to an NCAA press release.

The press release also says the NCAA Division I Commitee “noted that there is no evidence that more than a minimal recruiting advantage was gained by these inadvertent violations.”

Daily Mustang: Wednesday, February 23

February 23, 2011 by · Comments Off 

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SMU’s Men’s Basketball Claims Victory at Home

January 22, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

Papa Dia shoots the ball. Dia hit his career high with 102 shots Saturday. (PHOTO BY STUART PALLEY / SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

By Erica Penunuri

SMU Mustangs (11-8, 2-3 Conference USA) defeated the Southern Miss Golden Eagles (14-5, 3-3) Saturday 79-65. The Mustangs not only broke their two-game losing streak, but also set some school records.

The Mustangs shot 69.8 percent (30 of 43) from the field, tying the second-best shooting performance in school history.

“I’m really proud of our team,” said SMU men’s basketball Coach Matt Doherty. “They were extremely efficient. It’s the best I’ve seen my team play against a quality opponent.”

Senior forward Papa Dia shot an impressive 10-10 from the field; only the second C-USA player to hit at least 10 field goals without a miss. Dia led the Mustang attack with 23 points while contributing four blocks on defense. Dia is the 6th SMU player to reach over 100 blocks in their career.

“Pop’s [Papa Dia] was tremendous,” Doherty said. “His emotional maturity has really improved throughout the years making him a great leader.”

“Personally, I thought I took too many shots in the UB [University of Birmingham] game,” said Dia. “I am not a selfish guy. I want my players involved. It’s [basketball] is a team game. Coach said don’t worry about it. Your players want this. He helped my confidence.”

Robert Nyakundi scored 16 points, Collin Mangrum 15 and Rodney Clinkscales 12, resulting in the Mustang’s 9th victory in the last 11 home games. Nyakuni also broke a personal record with a career high of 9 assists.

Coach Doherty also credits Rodney Clinkscales, “It’s not easy to be a freshman point guard at a Division 1 level.”

The Mustangs hit the court again this Wednesday, against conference rival Tulsa. You can watch the game at Moody Coliseum or on the Time Warner Texas Channel at 2 p.m.

SMU Basketball sing the alma mater after their 79-65 win against Southern Mississippi. (PHOTO BY STUART PALLEY / SMU DAILY MUSTANG

SMU Men’s Basketball Falls to UAB

January 20, 2011 by · Comments Off 

By Marissa Belske

SMU men’s basketball (10-8, 1-3 C-USA) fell to the UAB Blazers Wednesday night in their second consecutive loss on the road. The 67-53 loss leave the Mustangs with a 1-3 record in conference.

For the Mustangs, senior forward Papa Dia continues to bring in impressive numbers. Dia recorded his fourth double-double in a row against the Blazers with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Junior guard Rodney Clinkscales also dropped 16 points for the Mustangs on the night.

The Mustangs bring it home this Saturday at 2 p.m. against Southern Miss. SMU has been hot from home this season, winning 9 out of the 13 games they have faced in Moody Coliseum.

SMU’s Williams Named To NABC Team

March 16, 2010 by · Comments Off 

By Robby Gillespie

The National Association of Basketball Coaches selected SMU guard Derek Williams, who led the Mustangs with 16.6 points per game this season, to the All-District Second Team Tuesday.

Williams averaged the highest point total per game in SMU’s C-USA history. He also earned third team C-USA honors after leading the Mustangs this season in steals, minutes, and assists.

The senior anthropology major became only the 17th player in SMU history to score more than 500 points in a season.

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