DALLAS -- 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. SMU is the No. 11 seed and will face No. 6 seed Marshall in the first round. Tipoff for the game is set for 2:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast on CSS. For those not in the CSS viewing areas - live video, live stats and live audio will be available at smumustangs.com For complete coverage of the C-USA Championship, click here.
Conference USA Tournament
Opponent and Time TBD
Wed., March 7
Radio: KAAM 770 AM
Audio & Video: SMUMustangs.com
- Senior Day for Rodney Clinkscales, Robert Nyakundi and Aliaksei Patsevich
- SMU opened the game with a 25-7 run
- SMU held its opponent to 65 or fewer points for 23rd time this season
- (SMU entered game 1st C-USA, 22nd NCAA in scoring defense (60.0))
- SMU made 10 3FG, now has 242 for the season (2nd at SMU)
- Made 10+ 3FG for 8th time this season
INDIVIDUAL NOTES Robert Nyakundi
- Scored 14 points
- Has 1343 career points (now t-17th at SMU)
- Scored 10+ points for 24th time this season
- Made 5 3FG
- Has 266 career 3FG (2nd at SMU)
- Has 83 this season (now t-3rd at SMU)
- Grabbed 6 rebounds
- Added 2 steals
- Played in 122nd career game (now t-4th at SMU)
- Scored a season-high 11 points
- Made 3 3FG
- Has 85 career 3FG (16th at SMU)
- Grabbed 4 rebounds
- Added 2 assists
- Grabbed 9 rebounds
- Tied career-high with 4 assists
- Added a block
- Scored 4 points