As always, Papa Dia played a major role in the game. He nearly recorded yet another double-double, but fell just short, recording 19 points and eight rebounds in 39 minutes of play. He also accounted for six blocks, which was more than the entire Tulsa team combined for.
Freshman Jeremiah Samarrippas compiled 13 points, which is his highest total since he scored 15 points against UC Riverside. He also added six rebounds and six assists.
Colin Mangrum continued to contribute in the scoring department, adding eight points along with two rebounds and a steal. Mike Walker added six points, elevating his points per game to 5.9.
But the star of the night, or for at least one moment, was Robert Nyakundi. He scored 10 points, but none were more important than his final three points. With 1.1 seconds remaining on the clock, Nyakundi heaved a shot from three-point range from the left corner. Luckily for Nyakundi and the SMU team, the shot went in, giving SMU the improbable victory.
Prior to the game-winning shot, SMU hadn't scored a single point in the final 8:33 of play. Despite their inability to score, Tulsa could not take advantage and wound up losing a game that they should have won.
The win gives SMU a record of 12-8 (3-3), while Tulsa drops to 10-10 (3-3). SMU sits in a four-way tie for fifth place in the C-USA and one game behind Southern Miss.
They will take on the Rice Owls (10-10, 2-4) on January 29.
- Josh Harvey -