SMU Remains on Track Despite Loss

PonyStampede.com Hoops Editor Kyle Phillippi says despite the 4-4 start, the Mustangs should enter C-USA play with a 11-5 record. Come inside to learn how as SMU turns their attention to Grambling State.

Don't worry SMU fans, Papa Dia and the rest of the basketball team are still in good shape.

As I mentioned in my previous story, I determined that SMU could afford losses to both Louisiana Tech and Ole Miss. Even with those losses, SMU could enter Conference USA play with a 11-5 record.

Unfortunately they weren't able to upset Louisiana Tech, but they did hang with them, and showed that they can play with better teams.

SMU fell 69-64 to the Bulldogs, but received good outings by Justin Haynes, Robert Nyakundi and of course, Papa Dia.

Haynes put up his third double-digit scoring night of the season with 12 points against La. Tech and added five rebounds and three assists. Nyakundi finished with 15 points, improving his points per game total to 14.8, and added seven rebounds, as well.

The team's star player, Papa Dia, continued to post double-digit scoring figures, finishing with 20 points, his fourth 20+ scoring effort of the season. He also added five rebounds.

The Mustangs can now set their sights to Saturday night when they square-off against Grambling State.

The Tigers currently stand at 1-5 and will take on North Texas (5-1) two days before their game against SMU. Their schedule has featured more notable opponents than SMU's schedule, including their opening game against #14 Baylor. They lost that contest by 35 points, and are coming off a 33 point beat down by Vanderbilt.

Hopefully North Texas can put a stomping on Grambling State before the SMU-Grambling State matchup.

A win over Grambling State would put SMU back over .500 at 5-4 right before the Mustangs begin their easiest part of the schedule, which features games against McMurry, Alabama State, Southeast Missouri State and Dallas Christian.

Following their game against Dallas Christian, SMU should be 9-4 heading into their game against Ole Miss (3-2).

Relax, sit back, and enjoy the upcoming schedule for SMU as they look to go 3-0 before Christmas falls upon us.

-Josh Harvey-


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