SAN JOSE (SMU) - The SMU men’s basketball team got back on the winning track on Saturday, Jan. 15, as the Ponies topped host San Jose St., 77-69, at the Event Center.
Leading the way for SMU was Bryan Hopkins, who was returning to the lineup after missing the Hawaii contest. Hopkins led all scorers with 27 points and added five steals. Devon Pearson scored 13 and tied his career high with nine boards. Patrick Simpson netted 17 and corralled six caroms.
“Bryan really sparked our offense today,” said SMU head coach Jimmy Tubbs. “It was great to get him back.”
With Hopkins entering the game just over a minute into the contest, SMU jumped out to a 40-25 halftime lead and never looked back. The Ponies shot 51 percent for the game while limiting the Spartans to just 39 percent marksmanship.
With the win, SMU improves to 8-6, 3-3 in WAC play, while San Jose State falls to 4-10, 1-4 in league games. The Ponies next game is at Louisiana Tech on Saturday Jan. 22 at 6:30 p.m. The game can be heard on KAAM 770 AM.