Nyakundi's Career-High Too Much For Rice

Robert Nyakundi, coming off a game-winning buzzer beater against Tulsa, played one of his best collegiate games in SMU's 75-68 victory over the Rice Owls.

Robert Nyakundi, coming off a game-winning buzzer beater against Tulsa, played one of his best collegiate games in SMU's 75-68 victory over the Rice Owls.

Nyakundi finished with a career-high 29 points in 34 minutes of play. He went 11-17 from the field and 7-11 from behind-the-arc. He also added five assists, six rebounds and one steal.

Assisting Nyadkundi in the scoring department was reigning C-USA Player of the Week, Papa Dia. He accounted for 19 points, four rebounds, three blocks and two assists. He went 8-12 shooting, but finished with a team-high five turnovers.

Mike Walker, averaging around five points per game, played a solid game, compiling 13 points and two assists. He was perfect from the foul-line, converting on all four of his attempts.

Freshman Jeremiah Samarrippas continued to spread the wealth around, finishing with a game-high six assists. In addition to his assists total, Samarrippas chipped in with four points and a team-high four steals.

Colin Mangrum and Justin Haynes combined for 10 points, with Haynes going 2-2 from the field.

With the win, SMU has now won three consecutive conference games, improving their record to 13-8 (4-3) on the season. Rice, on the other hand, drops to 10-11 (2-5).

The Mustangs have a great chance to continue their win streak in their next game on February 2 against East Carolina 11-8 (3-3), which will be SMU's first home game since January 22.

-Josh Harvey-


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