Mustangs Top Hawaii 71-65 to Improve to 8-3 at Moody Coliseum

Go smu!
Go smu!

Go smu!

DALLAS -- Bryan Hopkins scored 27 points to lead SMU past Hawaii 71-65 Saturday night. He was 6-of-12 from the floor, including a 30-footer to beat the shot clock with 3:46 to go that pushed the SMU lead to 59-49.

SMU's Patrick Simpson had 14 points and 10 rebounds and Justin Isham added nine points and 11 rebounds. Devon Pearson scored nine points to go with career-highs of 11 rebounds and five assists.

Eric Castro had 10 points and became the 34th Mustang with 1,000 career points, finishing the night at 1,004.

The Ponies finished 19-31 at the foul line, including 13-of-17 for Hopkins. The Mustangs also shot 51 percent (24-of-47) from the floor.

SMU (11-10, 6-7 Western Athletic) had a 43-23 rebounding advantage.

Jake Sottos scored 17 points for Hawaii (13-7, 5-7).

Hawaii's Justin Sensley scored 14 points, and Bobby Nash and Matt Gibson each had 10.

SMU led 32-27 at halftime.

The Mustangs' next game is against Louisiana Tech at Moody Coliseum on Wednesday Feb. 16 at 7 p.m.