This game had everything you could ask for in a college basketball game. Every SMU player went all out, and nothing stopped them, not even the blood flowing out of them. Both Papa Dia and Mouhammad Faye were spotted with blood coming out, but the blood didn't faze them.
The game was dominated by two SMU players, senior Derek Williams and junior Papa Dia. Let's start with Williams, who notched his seventh 20 point performance of the season. His 25 points led all scorers in the contest, but his point total wasn't the most impressive stat of the night. His 93% from the line paved the way for SMU in the final minutes of the second half, as he went 14 for 15 from the charity stripe. At the end of the first half, Williams only scored six points as SMU trailed the Tigers at half, 30-25. But then came the second half, and with it, came the rise of Derek Williams. He totaled 19 points in the half, with 12 points from the line.
Besides Williams' dominant performance, he wasn't the only Mustang to eclipse 20 points on the day. The Senegal native, Papa Dia, racked up a career high with 23 points, along with 14 rebounds, which tied his career high. Dia also added 2 blocks, including a huge block in the final minute and a half of the game. Dia and Williams provided 48 of SMU's 70 points, and gave Coach Matt Doherty his biggest win in his four year career at SMU.
So what went wrong for Memphis? When the sea of red finally cleared out from Moody Coliseum, the members of the media took to the stat sheets to discover how SMU pulled out the upset, and to their discovery, they all looked at Elliot Williams' stat line. At the end of the first half, Williams led all scorers with 13 points, and seemed to be poised to lead Memphis over the Mustangs in the second half. But the Duke transfer fell apart in the second half, only posting six points. He eventually scored his first bucket with 4:34 in the game, and had key mistakes that led to SMU points, including a traveling violation when he slipped to the ground.
SMU has extended their winning streak to four games, and have boasted their record to .500 on the season at 10-10 (3-3). The loss for Memphis is just their second Conference USA loss in four years, and their first to SMU since 1953. Memphis still holds a 9-2 advantage in this series, but for now, SMU holds the bragging rights until their next meeting on February 20.