Only two days after what Matt Doherty called his most embarrassing loss as a SMU coach, his challenged Mustangs responded with one of its better games against the best team the young Mustangs have faced all season.
Texas A&M handed the visiting SMU team a 66-56 loss, dropping SMU to 3-5 on the year.
"We loss but I'm proud of my team," Coach Doherty said after the game. "This is the best team we have played all year. They have a great coach, an experienced team that will probably make it back to the NCAA Tournament this year."
Doherty called Monday night's home loss to Arkansas Pine Bluff his most embarrassing loss during his tenure as the head basketball coach at SMU.
"It was a very disappointing loss," Doherty said after Monday night's game. "We didn't do anything right, I challenged them Monday night after the game and again on Tuesday, the team responded with one of its better games against A&M."
Wednesday night's game marked the season debut of Mouhammad Faye, the redshirt junior transfer from Georgia Tech. The talented newcomer finished the night with nine points, three rebounds, and two steals during 24 minutes of playing time.
"With Mouhammad eligible it will allow us to do more things both offensively and defensively," Doherty said. "He is a very talented young man, we are glad to have playing for us."
Robert Nyakundi led SMU with a season-high 18 points. He hit two 3-pointers as the Mustangs took an early 8-2 lead, but the Aggies (9-1) came back and led 37-27 at the half. It was Nyakundi's first start for the Mustangs.