Just as he does every night, Dia gave it his all; however, he did something that he's never done before in his collegiate career.
When the buzzer sounded, Dia had accounted for seven blocks, which is the most blocks by a SMU player in C-USA play and third all-time by any SMU player in any ingle game.
But his seven blocks were just half of the story.
He added 23 points, moving into 27th place on SMU's all-time scoring list (1,098). His 23 points gives him eight career 20+ scoring nights in C-USA play, passing Derek Williams for most all-time 20+ point games in C-USA play by a SMU player. He also added 11 rebounds, giving him seven double-doubles in 2010 and 20 in his career.
Robert Nyakundi played well, scoring 22 points, hitting three 3-point field goals. He now has made 139 3FG in his career, putting him sixth overall all-time for SMU. This was his 13th straight game with double-digit scoring figures.
Collin Mangrum, in his first career start, went 6-11 from the field, scoring 13 points, his second-straight game with double-digit scoring figures.
Mike Walker heaved up a last second attempt from behind-the-arc, only to have it fall short. However, he did make a 3-point field goal, moving him into a tie for 10th place on SMU's all-time 3FG list (107), tying Damon Hancock.
SMU (10-7, 1-2) will take on the UAB Blazers (11-4, 1-1), who play ECU on January 17, on January 19.
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