Nov. 13, 2009
DALLAS (AP) - Center Augustus Gilchrist had team-leading totals of 23 points and nine rebounds to guide South Florida past SMU 67-61 in both teams' season opener Friday night at Moody Coliseum. Derek Williams led the Mustangs with 19 points on 8-of-13 shooting.
SMU led 32-29 at halftime and then 41-36 after a Mouhammad Faye layup with 16 minutes to play. Faye finished with 12 points, four rebounds, two blocks, and a steal. The Bulls got good production from their guards; Chris Howard had 14 points and seven assists, and Dominique Jones added 13 points and six assists.
Papa Dia topped SMU with eight rebounds to go with six points. The teams finished even on the boards with 31 rebounds each. Paul McCoy had a game-high three steals with eight points, seven rebounds, and two assists.
The Mustangs host Texas A&M, which is receiving votes in both polls, at Moody Coliseum on Monday at 7 p.m. For tickets, call 214-SMU-GAME or go to SMUMustangs.com.