Nyakundi Shines in 71-59 Victory

The SMU Mustangs have won their sixth straight home game following their win over Southeast Missouri State on Wednesday.

The SMU Mustangs have won their sixth straight home game following their win over Southeast Missouri State on Wednesday.

Unlike many of their games, the Mustangs were not led by Papa Dia. Instead, Robert Nyakundi and Justin Haynes carried the scoring load, combining for 40 points on the night.

Nyakundi finished with 23 points, his fifth 20+ point performance of the season, and added 10 rebounds, as well. He recorded his second career double-double, and he became the first player since Bamba Fall in 2006 to shoot 100% from the foul-line (min. 10 FTA).

Haynes tied a career-high with 17 points, the eleventh time in his career that he has scored double-digits. He also finished with a team-high two blocks.

Despite finishing with single-digit scoring and rebounding totals, Dia did achieve a major accomplishment. His eight points against SE Missouri State put him at 1,001 career points, making him the 35th player in SMU history to compile 1,000 points. His eight points were not impressive, but he did finish with eight rebounds in just 14 minutes of play.

SMU is on a roll now, winning seven of their last eight games, and are left with just two non-conference games left, including their non-conference finale against Ole Miss (9-3).

The Mustangs will next play on January 1 against Dallas Christian, which should be another win, and then on January 5 against the aforementioned Ole Miss Rebels.


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