SMU Survives Scare vs. McMurry

The Mustangs started off slow, finding themselves behind 15-2 to start the game. While they eventually pulled away, a late rally by McMurry nearly spoiled the night for SMU.

The Mustangs started off slow, finding themselves behind 15-2 to start the game. While they eventually pulled away, a late rally by McMurry nearly spoiled the night for SMU however, Jeremiah Samarrippas hit two foul shots with two seconds remaining in the game, giving SMU a 70-67 victory.

Papa Dia led the team in scoring with 19 points and 15 rebounds. He also added four blocks. Dia now has three double-doubles on the season, including a 28 point, 10 rebound game against Lamar.

Rodney Clinkscales finished right behind Dia with 18 points. He went 4-for-7 from behind-the-arc and was second on the team with five rebounds.

Ryan Harp, an Abilene native, scored 16 points in his homecoming, and Robert Nyakundi added 13 points.

Dia, Clinkscales, Harp, and Nyakundi scored 66 of the team's 70 points.

Justin Haynes and the aforementioned Samarrippas added two points each.

As I mentioned in my preview of the game, McMurry is careless with the ball, and showed that tonight against SMU. The Mustangs scored 19 points off of turnovers (SMU compiled five steals).

McMurry did score more second-chance points than SMU and finished with just as much points as SMU in the paint (28).

Jaden Isler, Steven Jones and Derick Sumpter finished with 14 points each for McMurry. Jones hit a big three-pointer down the stretch to put McMurry within one point of SMU, but as mentioned before, McMurry could not pull ahead of SMU.

SMU now sits at 6-4 and will take on Alabama State (2-8), who are coming off a loss, next Wednesday.

-Josh Harvey-


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