Dia's Double-Double Extends SMU's Streak

The SMU Mustangs have won their fourth straight conference game, their longest streak since joining Conference USA. The 46-41 win over ECU gives the Mustangs their 14th victory of the season, which matches their total from all of last season.

The Mustangs didn't play as well as they have as of late, but it was enough to pull out the win.

At one point in the game, SMU was down 32-19. This is the fourth time this year SMU has overcome a 13+ deficit and the third time in conference play.

Papa Dia played a pivotal role in the win, scoring 13 points and hauling in 13 boards. Dia, who has been named the C-USA Player of the Week on three different occasions, captured his ninth double-double of the season and 22nd of his career. Also, he has moved up to 26th place on SMU's all-time scoring list (1,188) and into 8th place on the school's all-time rebounding list (769).

Mike Walker played another solid game, compiling 12 points and going a perfect 3-3 from the field. He has scored double-digits in back-to-back to games, as well (13 points against Rice).

Freshman Jeremiah Samarrippas continued to spread the ball around, collecting four assists and totaling 10 points. He has accounted for 25 assists and only nine turnovers in the past four games, giving him a 2.8 assist-to-turnover ratio.

Robert Nyakundi chipped in with nine points and two rebounds, while Rodney Clinkscales finished with just two points in 11 minutes of play.

SMU will host Tulane, who they lost to by a score of 79-70 in the first conference game of the season, on February 9 at 7 p.m.

- Josh Harvey -

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