Nov. 25, 2012
PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico (AP)-- Nick Russell scored 25 points and SMU beat Missouri State 62-61 Sunday in the third-place game of the Hoops for Hope Classic.
Russell was 9 of 15 from the field and tied a career high with his 25 points (previous: 25 at Texas State - 11/17/12).
SMU (6-1) led by two at halftime, 26-24, in a game that saw three lead changes and four ties. The largest lead at any time was nine points. The Mustangs took the lead for good when Russell hit a jumper with 10 seconds left.
Both teams scored 22 points in the paint, and the Bears (2-4) got 26 points off turnovers. But the Mustangs shot 51 percent for the game, while the Bears shot 42 percent.
Anthony Downing had 20 points and eight rebounds for Missouri State. Marshall added 18.
SMU brings a 6-1 record back home to Moody Coliseum for a rumble with Utah next on Wed., Nov. 28. Tipoff is set for 7:00 p.m. Tickets are available online at smumustangs.com/tickets/ or by calling 214-768-4263.