Wagner Beats SMU, 63-53
Dec. 21, 2012
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) -- Jonathon Williams scored 13 points to lead Wagner to a 63-53 victory over SMU in the Cable Car Classic on Friday night.
Williams was 8 of 10 from the free-throw line. Eric Fanning added 11 points for the Seahawks (5-4). Williams and Mario Moody had seven rebounds apiece.
The Mustangs led 30-26 at halftime, but they only made 18 of 53 (34 percent) from the field for the game. The Seahawks made 18 of 37 (48.6 percent).
Nick Russell led SMU (8-4) with 20 points, including three 3-pointers. Russell played all 40 minutes for the first time in his career. Jalen Jones had 14 points and 14 rebounds. Ryan Manuel had 15 points.
Wagner will make its second consecutive appearance in the Cable Car Classic title game, playing the winner of the Santa Clara-Alcorn State game Saturday. SMU will play the loser.
SMU Postgame Notes - December 21, 2012
46th Annual Cable Car Classic - Semifinal
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SMU plays Alcorn State or Santa Clara in the 3rd place game at the 46th Annual Cable Car Classic - Saturday, Dec. 22 - 8 p.m. - Santa Clara, Calif. Audio: KAAM 770 AM
Series with Alcorn State: 1-1
First meeting with Wagner
Wagner is the defending champion of the Cable Car Classic
SMU is 8-4 under Head Coach Larry Brown
Mustangs snagged 14 offensive rebounds - ties season high
SMU had 14-5 run between in last 3:47 of 1st half to take 30-26 lead into halftime
Held Wagner without a FG in last 5:05 of game
SMU outscored Wagner in the paint - 26-14 - 7th time this season SMU has outscored their opponent in the paint
London Giles (#11 - G - 6-3 - Sr.) - 3 points, career high 3 steals
Jalen Jones (#21 - G - 6-7 - So.) - 14 points, 14 rebounds o 4th double-double of the season o 4th game with 10+ rebounds o 9 offensive rebounds 2nd time this season with 8+ offensive rebounds - 12 rebounds in the 1st half o Most in a half since Papa Dia had 12 in 1st half at Northern Iowa (3/21/11) 7 offensive rebs in 1st half
Ryan Manuel (#1 - G - 6-4 - So.) - 15 points o 10+ points for 7th time this season
Nick Russell (#12 - G - 6-4 - Jr.)
- 20 points, 3 steals
o 4th game with 20+ points
- 3-5 3FGs
- Played all 40 minutes for 1st time in career