SMU beats UTEP 57-48

The Mustangs finish the regular season with a 'W' over the Miners on Senior Day. SMU will enter next week's Conference USA tournament as either an 11 or 12 seed.

Robert Nyakundi scored 14 points and SMU opened the game with a 25-7 run en route to a 57-48 victory over UTEP on Senior Day on Saturday at Moody Coliseum.

The Mustangs (13-18, 4-12 Conference USA) will enter next week's conference tournament as either the 11th or 12th seed, while UTEP (14-16, 7-9) will be the No. 8 or No. 9 seed.

Nyakundi opened the game with a pair of 3-pointers and a two-point basket as SMU took a 10-2 lead. Rodney Clinkscales finished off the opening-game surge with back-to-back 3-pointers that put the Mustangs ahead 25-7 with 6:38 remaining in the half.

UTEP, which hit just 3 of 13 shots and had five turnovers during that stretch, pulled within 33-24 by halftime but fell behind by as many as 21 points in the second half.

Julian Washburn led the Miners with 21 points.

Clinkscales had a season-high 11 for SMU.

The Mustangs are next in action Wednesday, Mar. 7 when they play in the first round of C-USA Championship in Memphis, Tenn.

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