Mustangs Top UTEP 57-48 On Senior Day
March 3, 2012
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.
at SMU 57, UTEP 48