Mustangs Top Tulsa, 95-83
TULSA (SMU) - Playing their second overtime game in three days, the SMU men?s basketball team rallied for a 95-83 overtime win over the Tulsa Golden Hurricane on Saturday, Jan., 1 at the Reynolds Center.
Trailing 48-45 at intermission, SMU came back in the second stanza to force an extra frame. The Ponies blew away the Hurricane in OT, outscoring TU 17-5 in the final five minutes. The 17 points in overtime tied the SMU record.
Reigning WAC Player of the Week Bryan Hopkins led SMU with 32 points and Oklahoma native Eric Castro shattered his career high with 28 while adding a team-high eight boards. Castro hit 10-of-16 at the free throw line, setting career marks for makes and attempts. Hopkins tied his career high of 10 field goals on 21 attempts, including 4-of-9 on three pointers and 8-of-9 on free throws.
Anthony Price scored 39 for Tulsa in the game, including 24 in the first half. That is the most for an SMU opponent since Joe Wilbert scored 39 for Texas A&M on Jan. 31, 1995.
Devon Pearson was the third Mustang in double figures with 12 points and six boards off the bench. Derrick Roberts and Patrick Simpson each had eight points. Roberts tallied six of his points at the line, where he was perfect in the game.
SMU shot a blistering 54.2 percent for the game, 57.1 percent in overtime. SMU also hit all eight free-throw attempts in the OT period. The Ponies hit 26-of-33 free throws in the game. Both are season highs. The defense also improved after the intermission, holding Tulsa to 42.3 percent shooting in the second half and just 1-of-5 in the overtime. Tulsa had hit 60.7 percent in the opening period.
With the win, SMU improves to 6-4, 1-1 in WAC play, while Tulsa falls to 2-8, 0-2 in league games. Up next for the Mustangs are the Fresno State Bulldogs, who visit Moody Coliseum on Thursday, Jan. 6, at 7 p.m.