SMU MBB Faces Marshall In First Round Of C-USA Championship On Wednesday At 2:30 p.m.
March 5, 2012
C-USA Championship - First Round
No. 11 seed SMU faces No. 6 seed Marshall in the first round of the Conference USA Championship on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. The winner will face No. 3 seed Tulsa at the FedExForum on Thursday at 2:30 p.m.
The Mustangs are led by two-time All-Conference USA Third Team honoree Robert Nyakundi. He leads C-USA in 3-point percentage at 42.5% (82-193) (19th NCAA) and ranks second in threes made (2.7), T-6th in scoring (15.0) and fourth in free throw percentage (.800). He led C-USA and was second in the NCAA in 3-point percentage last season (.497), and could become just the second person to lead C-USA in 3FG percentage twice. Drake Diener of DePaul led the league in 2003-04 (.459) and 2004-05 (.462).
London Giles is second for SMU at 10.1 points while shooting 37.7% on threes. Giles is making 1.6 3FGs per game (12th C-USA) and is shooting 80.6% on free throws. Giles also leads SMU with 1.2 steals per game (T-11th C-USA). Jeremiah Samarrippas is averaging 7.0 points while ranking fifth in C-USA with 4.2 assists per game and fifth in the league at 1.8 assists per turnover.
Giles leads a group of newcomers that are contributing this season. Three of the top five scorers for SMU are playing in their first season for the Mustangs. Giles, a junior (transfer from Nevada), is second at 10.1 points, freshman Jalen Jones is third at 7.9 points and sophomore Shawn Williams (transfer from Texas) is fifth at 5.9 points.
As a team, SMU ranks first in C-USA and 22nd in the NCAA in scoring defense (59.6). That would set a new SMU record for the second straight season after SMU held opponents to 61.3 points per game in 2010-11. The Mustangs are holding opponents to 30.9 percent from 3-point range, which is second in C-USA (45th NCAA) and would rank second in SMU history (.305 in 1987-88). On offense, the Mustangs have made 242 3-pointers, which is second in a season at SMU (277 in 2010-11). The 7.8 threes per game leads C-USA and ranks 49th in the NCAA.
THE SERIES VS. MARSHALL (0-7): The teams are meeting for the eighth time with SMU looking for its first win against Marshall. The Herd edged the Mustangs 73-68 at Moody Coliseum on Feb. 18. SMU rallied from a 20-point deficit, scoring 54 second-half points, but were unable to grab the win. Last season, the Herd topped the Mustangs 64-62 in Huntington on Feb. 26. Robert Nyakundi nailed a 3-pointer with 7 seconds left to pull SMU within two, 62-60, but Damier Pitts knocked down two free throws on the ensuing possession to seal the win for Marshall. In 2010, the Herd defeated SMU 73-57 at Moody Coliseum. Marshall won the first four games in nail-biting fashion by a total of 10 points. In the first meeting, the Mustangs fell 75-72 in overtime in Dallas on Feb. 15, 2006. Bryan Hopkins attempted a game-tying 3-pointer with 13 seconds left; then after Marshall's Chris Ross missed the front-end of a 1-and-1 for Marshall, SMU's Dez Willingham had his 3-pointer miss at the buzzer. The Mustangs then fell 52-49 at Marshall in 2007 when Dez Willinghams' tying 3-point attempt from the right wing missed as time expired. SMU then fell 75-74 at home on Feb. 13, 2008, when Mark Dorris hit a 3-pointer for Marshall with 0.7 seconds left. The 2009 meeting saw Markel Humphrey bank in a 75-foot shot at the buzzer for a 53-50 Marshall victory in Huntington.
LAST GAME VS. MARSHALL: (L, 73-68 at Marshall on Feb. 18): DALLAS (AP) -- SMU rallied from a 20-point deficit to get within four before falling 73-68 to Marshall. Damier Pitts scored 20 points to lead Marshall. The Thundering Herd never trailed and led by as many as 20 with just over 10 minutes left before the Mustangs rallied, but they couldn't get closer than four points. Marshall led 49-29 after a Dennis Tinnon basket with 10:27 left to play. SMU outscored Marshall 39-24 the rest of the way. Three other Thundering Herd players were in double figures. DeAndre Kane had 14 points, Nigel Spikes scored 13 and Dennis Tinnon added 12 points for Marshall (16-10, 7-5). SMU (11-16, 2-10) trailed 25-14 at the half before scoring 54 points in the second half. SMU scored 39 points in the last 10 minutes on Saturday. London Giles, who missed the Wednesday UAB game due to a concussion, returned Saturday and led the Mustangs with 17 points. Jalen Jones scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half.
THE SERIES VS. TULSA (13-29): This is the 43rd meeting between the two schools with SMU trailing Tulsa 29-13. The teams split the season series with the road team winning each contest. The Mustangs topped Tulsa 57-55 on a 19-foot Jeremiah Samarrippas buzzer-beater on Jan. 7 in Tulsa. SMU was defeated by Tulsa 66-60 on Jan. 28 at Moody. The teams teams also shared the season series 1-1 last year, each winning a game on the other's court. Robert Nyakundi lifted the Mustangs to the 59-58 win at Tulsa on Jan. 26 by knocking down a three-pointer from the left corner with 1.1 seconds left to play. Tulsa won 74-66 on Feb. 19, 2011, in Moody Coliseum.
THIS SEASON VS. TULSA: (W, 57-50 at TU on Jan. 7): TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- Jeremiah Samarrippas hit two baskets in the final minute, the last as time expired, to rally SMU past Tulsa 57-55. SMU (9-6, 1-0) trailed 50-41 with 6:22 left and began its comeback. Two 3-pointers by Robert Nyakundi, the second with 3:08 left, brought SMU within 52-51. Tulsa (7-9, 0-2) had a 55-51 lead with 1:26 showing, and London Giles hit two free throws for SMU. Nyakundi led SMU scorers with 14 points and Giles added 11. Jordan Clarkson topped Tulsa with 14 points and Scottie Haralson had 11. SMU had a 19-4 scoring advantage off turnovers. (L, 66-60 at SMU on Jan. 28): DALLAS (AP) -- Jordan Clarkson had 22 points, six assists and four blocked shots as Tulsa defeated SMU 66-60. Clarkson hit 9-14 FGs, including 3-of-4 3-point attempts, for Tulsa (13-9, 6-2). Scottie Haralson added 17 points, and Eric McClellan had 10. Robert Nyakundi had 18 points and Leslee Smith 10 for SMU (10-11, 2-5). SMU grabbed their only lead of the game when Jalen Jones converted a 3-point play and London Giles followed with a jumper to put SMU ahead 40-37 with 16:28 remaining. Clarkson responded with a layup and McClellan hit a 3-pointer to spark an 8-0 run that put Tulsa back on top for good. SMU pulled within 58-54 with 1:54 remaining, but Clarkson hit a 3-pointer and then scored on a fast-break dunk to put the game out of reach.
LAST GAME (W, 57-48 vs. UTEP on March 3): DALLAS -- Robert Nyakundi scored 14 points and SMU opened the game with a 25-7 run en route to a 57-48 victory over UTEP on Senior Day on Saturday at Moody Coliseum. The Mustangs (13-18, 4-12) will enter the conference tournament as the 11th seed, while UTEP (14-16, 7-9) will be the No. 8 seed. Nyakundi opened the game with a pair of 3-pointers and a two-point basket as SMU took a 10-2 lead. Rodney Clinkscales finished off the opening-game surge with back-to-back 3-pointers that put the Mustangs ahead 25-7 with 6:38 remaining in the half. UTEP, which hit just 3 of 13 shots and had five turnovers during that stretch, pulled within 33-24 by halftime but fell behind by as many as 21 points in the second half. Julian Washburn led the Miners with 21 points. Clinkscales had a season-high 11 for SMU.
HEAD COACH Matt Doherty...is in his 11th season as a head coach and his sixth season at SMU. This is his 21st season in collegiate coaching with 11 postseason appearances, eight NCAA Tournaments, seven conference titles, a Final Four appearance and the 2001 AP National Coach of the Year award. He also has 22 players that have gone to the NBA. SMU's 2011 CIT run was Matt Doherty's fourth postseason as a head coach. He has a 10-4 record in two NITs, an NCAA appearance and the 2011 CIT. He has a 170-179 career record including a 80-108 mark on the Hilltop.
BIG EAST: Dec. 7, 2011 - SMU accepted an invitation to join the BIG EAST Conference in all sports, President R. Gerald Turner announced, fulfilling the University's goal to join a Bowl Championship Series Automatic Qualifier (BCS-AQ) conference, a standard of excellence in college athletics today. SMU, Houston and the UCF accepted full membership into the BIG EAST while Boise State and San Diego State will compete as members in the sport of football. The BIG EAST Conference Board of Directors, by a unanimous vote of its Presidents, extended the invitations for membership. SMU, Houston and UCF will begin competing in all BIG EAST-sponsored sports in the 2013-14 academic year, while Boise State and San Diego State will start competing in football in the 2013 season. Memphis also accepted an invitation to join the BIG EAST in all sports on Feb. 7.
Rodney Clinkscales: Team captain...Played 26 games (4 starts)...Averaging 3.8 points and 1.2 rebounds ...23-62 (.371) on 3FGs...15-16 (.938) on FTs...Missed games 2-4 with a right heel injury...2010-11: played 34 games with 5 starts...averaged 4.8 points, 0.9 rebounds, 1.1 assists...had 7 games with 10+ points and 5 games with 15+points.
Cannen Cunningham: Played 30 (3 starts)...Averaging 3.4 points and 2.9 rebounds with a team-high 16 blocked shots...GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Had 18 points and 7 rebounds vs. Georgia Southern 11/27...Had 17 points and 9 rebounds vs. Fresno State in his first career start 11/15.
KEVIN DUNLEAVY: Played in 3 games...has 1 rebound.
London Giles: Played in 30 games (27 starts)...Averaging 10.1 points (2nd on team), 2.5 rebounds and 1.2 steals (T-11th C-USA) and 1.1 assists...37.7% 3FGs (49-130), 1.6 3FGs per game (12th C-USA), 80.6% FTs (54-67)...C-USA GAMES: 8.3 points, 35.0% on 3FGs (21-60)...2010-11: Sat out due to transfer after playing two seasons at Nevada...2010-11: Sat out due to transfer after playing two seasons at Nevada.
Jalen Jones - C-USA ALL-FRESHMAN CANDIDATE: Played in 31 games (18 starts)...Averaging 7.9 points and 3.2 rebounds...has 22 steals, 19 assists and 11 blocks...has 12 games with 10+ points...C-USA GAMES: Averaging 8.2 points and 2.9 rebounds with 7 blocked shots...REBOUNDS: his 10 rebounds vs. Georgia Southern 11/27 was the first 10+rebound game by an SMU freshman since Papa Dia had 13 vs. Southern 11/10/07.
Ryan Manuel: Played in 31 games...Averaging 3.3 points, 1.2 rebounds and 1.1 assists...53.4% FGs (31-58)...GAME-WINNER: Had the steal and game-winning fastbreak layup in the 65-64 win vs. Florida Gulf Coast on 11/19.
Eric Norman: Played in 8 games, averaging 3.1 minutes...Has 1 point, 3 rebounds, 2 assists and a block.
Robert Nyakundi (ALL-C-USA THIRD TEAM): Team captain...Played and started 30 games (missed the game at East Carolina 2/1 - hamstring)...Averaging 15.0 points (T-6th C-USA), 4.7 rebounds (leads SMU) and 1.1 steals with 28 assists...shooting 46.8% FGs (12th C-USA), 42.5% 3FGs (82-193) (1st C-USA) and 80.0% FTs (64-80) (4th C-USA)...2.7 3FGs per game (2nd C-USA)...C-USA GAMES: Averaging 14.2 points (10th C-USA), 38.8% on 3FGs (6th C-USA), 2.7 3FGs per game (1st C-USA), 1.6 steals (6th C-USA)...GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Scored 26 points, (10-14 FG, 4-6 3FG, 2-2 FT) at Tulane 1/25...Had 20 points (7-14 FG, 3-6 3FG, 3-3 FT) and a career-high 11 rebounds with 3 steals vs. Oklahoma State 12/28...Tied career-high 29 points (8-13 FG, 5-9 3FG, 8-9 FT) (24 pts in 2nd half) in win at SEMO 12/19...Team-high 27 points (8-9 FG, 4-5 3FG, 7-9 FT) in win vs. UAPB 11/22...SMU CAREER RANKINGS: 2nd in 3FG (265), 2nd in 3FG percentage (43.8, 265-605), 2nd in FT percentage (85.0, 182-214), T-17th in points (1343)...SMU MILESTONES: He became the 36th member of the 1000-point club, hitting the mark on the second of two free throws with 15 seconds remaining in the 55-49 win vs. Georgia Southern 11/27...He became the 41st Mustang to play in 100 games, reaching the mark in the 69-63 OT win at UALR 12/4...PRESEASON HONORS: Selected Preseason All-C-USA second team by the league's coaches...Also tabbed the Best Shooter in C-USA by The Sporting News and was selected Preseason All-C-USA second team by Lindy's Sports Annuals...2010-11: Selected Third-Team All-C-USA with 14.3 points (11th C-USA) while setting C-USA and SMU records from 3-point range...led C-USA and was second in the NCAA at 49.7% (97-195) on 3FGs...set the C-USA record by hitting 54.3% on 3FGs (44-81) in league play...His 97 threes set the SMU record while his average of 2.8 made per game was second in C-USA and 34th in the NCAA...also tied the SMU record by hitting 90.0% (72-80) on FTs.
Aliaksei Patsevich: Played in 31 games (16 starts)...Averaging 2.8 points and 1.4 rebounds...has 29 assists and 17 steals...GAME HIGHLIGHT: Had 10 points including 4 in the final 28 seconds in the 68-62 win vs. TCU 2/8...2010-11: Played the last 16 games...totaled 24 points, 8 rebounds, 7 steals, 5 assists and 2 blocks...hit 33.3% on 3FGs (5-15)
Nick Russell: Sitting out following transfer from Kansas State.
Jeremiah Samarrippas: Team captain...Played and started 30 games (missed at Rice 2/11 - ankle)...Averaging 7.0 points, 2.2 rebounds, 4.2 assists (5th C-USA), 1.8 ast/to ratio (126 ast/71 to) (5th C-USA), 1.0 steals, 85.0% FTs (34-40)...has 5+ assists 13 times...C-USA GAMES: 7.9 points, 4.0 assists (8th C-USA), 1.2 steals (T-10th C-USA), 36.0% 3FGs (18-50), 1.5 ast/to ratio (60 ast/39 to) (8th C-USA)...BUZZER-BEATER: Hit a 20-foot step-back jumper from the top of the key as time expired for the 57-55 win at Tulsa 1/7...POINTS/ASSISTS DOUBLE-DOUBLE: Had 12 points and 11 assists at Tulane 1/25 (first since 12 pts, 10 ast by Derek Williams in 65-43 win vs. UCF 1/27/2010)...INJURY: Missed the game at Rice 2/11 (right ankle sprain) 2010-11: played in all 35 games with 30 starts...averaged 7.4 points and 3.4 assists with a 1.5 assist-to-turnover ratio (120 ast / 82 to)...shot 42.1% on FGs and 38.5% on 3FGs...had 10+ points 10 times, 5+ assists 8 times and 3+ steals 8 times...led the team in assists 15 times and in steals 16 times.
Leslee Smith: Played 24 games (5 starts)...Averaging 3.9 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists...19 steals...REBOUNDS: Had 12 rebounds in the 84-65 win at SEMO 12.19, the most by a freshman since Papa Dia had 13 vs. Southern on Nov. 10, 2007...INJURY: Missed the first 7 games while rehabilitating from torn right ACL (suffered in March 2011)...2010-11: Sat out last season
Ricmonds Vilde: Played 15 games (5 starts)...Averaging 1.8 points, 1.7 rebounds and has 13 assists...2010-11: Redshirt.
Jordan Walker: Played in 3 games...has 2 rebounds and 1 steal.
Shawn Williams: Team captain...Played in 23 games (17 starts)...Averaging 5.9 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.2 assists...2010-11: Enrolled at SMU on Jan. 11, 2011, after transferring from Texas...2009-10 (Freshman at Texas): played in 7 of UT's first 8 games, averaging 1.6 points and 1.7 rebounds in 5.6 minutes per contest ... suffered a left ankle injury against Texas State (Dec. 12) and missed the remainder of the season.
MILESTONES: (complete lists on bio pages)
SMU Career Games: Robert Nyakundi T-4th 122 (1st Butch Moore 125)
SMU Career Starts: Robert Nyakundi 13th 90
SMU Career Points: Robert Nyakundi T-17th 1343
SMU Career 3FGM: Robert Nyakundi is 2nd 265 (1st Stephen Wood 273)
SMU Career FT%: Robert Nyakundi is 2nd 85.0 (182-214) (1st Eric Longino 88.4 (99-112), 3rd Charles Beasley 83.9 (270-322))
8+ rebounds: Leslee Smith (9)
All-Conference - Robert Nyakundi (Third Team)
Preseason All-Conference USA - C-USA Coaches: Robert Nyakundi (Second Team)
Preseason All-Conference USA - Lindy's: Robert Nyakundi (Second Team)
Best Shooter in C-USA - The Sporting News: Robert Nyakundi
HONORS: 2010-11 (Returnees Only)
All C-USA: Robert Nyakundi (3rd Team)
SMU Invitational All-Tournament Team: Robert Nyakundi
7 FROM DALLAS: The Mustangs have 7 players from the Dallas area: Cannen Cunningham (Arlington), London Giles (Dallas), Jalen Jones (Dallas), Robert Nyakundi (Arlington), Nick Russell (Duncanville), Jordan Walker (Arlington) and Shawn Williams (Duncanville).
10 NEW UNIFORMS: The Mustangs have 10 newcomers on gameday. SMU had four players that sat out last season; transfers London Giles (Nevada) and Shawn Williams (Texas) as well as redshirt seasons for Leslee Smith and Ricmonds Vilde. SMU also adds 6 freshmen in Cannen Cunningham, Kevin Dunleavy, Jalen Jones, Ryan Manuel, Eric Norman and Jordan Walker. Nick Russell transferred from Kansas State is sitting out.
BALANCE: SMU has had 8 different people record a double-digit scoring game and 5 different players lead the team in scoring.
DEFENSE-DEFENSE: SMU is allowing 59.6 (1st C-USA) points per game...Last season, SMU led C-USA and was 23rd in the NCAA in scoring defense, allowing an SMU-record 61.3 points per game.
DOWN TO THE WIRE: The Mustangs have played 11 games this year that were one possession games in the final minute...SMU is 4-7 in those games, including a 1-2 mark in overtime games.
FG PERCENTAGE: The Mustangs are 67-30 (.691) when shooting when shooting a higher percentage than their opponent under Matt Doherty...SMU is 8-5 this season and went 18-6 when shooting better last season.
HOME SWEET HOME: SMU is 9-5 at Moody Coliseum this season and 23-10 in the last 33 games at Moody...The Mustangs went 15-7 at home last season, tying for the most home wins in program history. SMU went 15-1 at Moody Coliseum in 1984-85...SMU is also 15-2 in the last 17 non-conference games in Moody Coliseum.
LONG RANGE: SMU has made 242 3FGs (2nd in a season at SMU) and averages 7.8 3FGs per game (1st C-USA)...Last season, SMU led C-USA (33rd NCAA) in 3-point field goals per game (7.9) and set an SMU record with 277 3-pointers.
STEALING A ROAD WIN: In the 57-55 win at Tulsa on Jan. 7, SMU was plus-9 in steals (11-2). That was the highest difference sin a plus-10 (15-5) against San Jose St. in a 66-46 win on Feb. 10, 2005.
NEXT LEVEL: In the last three years, six SMU players have gone on to play professionally. Papa Dia signed a 2-year contract in Croatia beginning with the 2011-12 season. Four were drafted into the NBA D-League: Bamba Fall (Reno Bighorns in 2010), Mouhammad Faye (Rio Grande Valley Vipers in 2010), Derek Williams (Texas Legends in 2011) and Collin Mangrum (Texas Legends in 2011). Fall is playing in Estonia this season while Faye is in France. Williams previously spent the 2010-11 season playing in Latvia. Myles Luttman signed with a team in Iceland in January of 2012.
WORLD-CLASS FACILITY: The new Crum Basketball Center at SMU is a world-class training center. The 2011 NBA Champion Dallas Mavericks used the Crum Center for their 2008, 2009 and 2010 training camps. Several other NBA teams have used the facility when they are in town to play the Mavericks.
1. Chicago Bulls
FAMILIAR FOE: The Mustangs have met seven opponents more than 100 times. Rice 195 118-77 J11 at SMU (L, 68-52), F11 at Rice (L, 43-39) TCU 186 102-85 F8 at SMU (W, 68-52) Texas A&M 177 90-87 Baylor 175 100-75 Texas 174 71-103 Arkansas 153 59-94 Texas Tech 104 47-57CLINKSCALES NAMED CAPTAIN (Dec. 4): SMU men's basketball coach Matt Doherty named Rodney Clinkscales as a team captain on Saturday. Clinkscales joins Robert Nyakundi, Jeremiah Samarrippas and Shawn Williams as team captains for the 2011-12 season.
INFINITI CHARITY CHALLENGE: SMU head coach Matt Doherty is one of 48 college basketball coaches in this year's "Infiniti Coaches' Charity Challenge." Doherty's charity is the Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity. Fan participation will determine the ultimate winner over an eight-week period beginning January 18th. Fans can vote for Doherty by registering and voting on www.ESPN.com/Infiniti. A $100,000 donation will go to the winning coach's designated charity. For the first six weeks, four brackets of 12 coaches will be paired against each other, with the winners from each group moving onto the next round in week seven and the final round in week eight. Fans can vote for up to four coaches per day. The winning coach will be announced March 9, 2012.
THREE FUTURE MUSTANGS SIGN FOR 2012-13: SMU Head Coach Matt Doherty announced that three student-athletes have signed a National Letter-of-Intent to play for the Mustangs beginning with the 2012-13 season. The class includes Brian Bernardi, a three-star 6-3 guard from Xaverian High School in New York, N.Y.; Blaise Mbargorba, a 7-0 center that is an ESPNU Top-100 signee from The Peddie School in Hightstown, New Jersey; and Uche Ofoegbu, a three-star 6-6 forward from John Paul Stevens in San Antonio. "This is a fantastic recruiting class," says Doherty. "I am excited about the quality of these young men. This class will excel in our system and add to the foundation that we have built. This will translate into success for years to come." Brian Bernardi - G, 6-3, 180 (New York, N.Y. - Xaverian HS) Blaise Mbargorba - C, 7-0, 230 (Hightstown, N.J. - The Peddie School) Uche Ofoegbu - F, 6-6, 200 (San Antonio, Texas - John Paul Stevens)
SILVER ANNIVERSARY MUSTANG (SAM AWARD): SMU alumnus Jim Johnston was honored with the 2011 Silver Anniversary Mustang Award at halftime of the Jan. 28 men's basketball game against Tulsa. Johnston lettered in football at SMU in 1966, 1968 and 1969. A standout defensive tackle, Johnston was a key component in the 1968 Bluebonnet Bowl victory over Oklahoma. Johnston earned a BBA Degree in 1970 and an MBA Degree in 1971 from SMU while serving as a Graduate Assistant Coach for the football team. Since graduation, Johnston has remained involved on the Hilltop, having served as Chairman of the Board for the Mustang Club, the Lettermen's Association, the Planned Giving Counsel and the Athletics Hall of Fame. Away from the Hilltop, Johnston has had a 40-year career in Dallas banking, has served as Chairman of the Board for both Goodwill Industries of Dallas and the Arthritis Foundation of North Texas and served on the Board for the Boy Scouts/Circle Ten Council and the Salesmanship Club of Dallas, among others.
2010-11: The Mustangs entered the season following their most successful campaign in more than a decade. SMU recorded its first 20-win season and first postseason bid since 1999-2000; finishing 20-15 and advancing to the CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT) semifinal. SMU also had its most wins in Conference USA (8) while leading the league in field goal percentage (.482, 7th NCAA), 3-point percentage (.394, 13th NCAA) and free throw percentage (.742, 38th NCAA). The Mustangs tied the SMU record with 15 home wins at Moody Coliseum (15-1 in 1984-85). SMU also made a team-record 277 3-pointers last year.
Robert Nyakundi Named Preseason All-Conference USA: Senior Robert Nyakundi was selected Preseason All-C-USA second team by the league's coaches. The forward was also tabbed the Best Shooter in C-USA by The Sporting News and was selected Preseason All-C-USA second team by Lindy's Sports Annuals. In 2010, Nyakundi was selected Third-Team All-C-USA as he averaged 14.3 points (11th C-USA) while setting C-USA and SMU records from 3-point range. Nyakundi led C-USA and was second in the NCAA at 49.7 percent (97-195) from beyond the arc. He set the C-USA record by hitting 54.3 percent on 3-pointers (44-81) during league play. His 97 threes set the SMU record while his average of 2.8 made per game was second in C-USA and 34th in the NCAA. Nyakundi also tied the SMU record by hitting 90.0 percent (72-80) at the line.
SMU Hosts Dallas Classic At Ellis Davis Fieldhouse On Dec. 15: As part of SMU's ongoing effort to strengthen its relationship with the city, Dallas' hometown team, the Mustangs hosted a game at the Dallas Independent School District's Ellis Davis Fieldhouse on Dec. 15. SMU played Jackson State in the non-conference matchup, falling 59-58. The Mustangs play at three venues in Dallas this season. The Showcase vs. Oklahoma State is at American Airlines Center on Dec. 28, the inaugural Dallas Classic at Ellis Davis Fieldhouse on Dec. 15, and a full slate of home games at historic Moody Coliseum. Ten of the top 22 scorers in SMU history are from the Dallas area; including Jeryl Sasser (Kimball HS), Quinton Ross (Kimball HS) and Ira Terrell (Roosevelt HS). Sasser is SMU's all-time leading scorer with 1,992 points. --- "SMU is Dallas' team, and this is a great way to embrace that relationship," said SMU A.D. Steve Orsini. "We appreciate the city's support in all our efforts and are very happy to be taking this game off campus for our south Dallas fans." --- "The Mustangs and the city of Dallas have rich basketball histories and this event will help bring those two traditions together," says SMU head coach Matt Doherty." We have seven student-athletes on our roster from the Dallas area and this is a way to show our commitment to the community."
Moody Coliseum Renovation And Expansion Project Receives $20 Million from Moody Foundation plus $10 Million from David & Carolyn Miller: Two lead gifts - a $20 million gift from the Moody Foundation and a $10 million commitment from SMU trustee David B. Miller '72, '73 and his wife Carolyn Lacy Miller - will help provide an extensive expansion and renovation of Moody Coliseum. Moody Coliseum is a campus and Dallas landmark that is home to the pageantry of SMU Commencement as well as numerous speaking, athletics and community events such as concerts and high school graduations. The project will feature new premium seating as well as courtside retractable seating designated for students and renovation of the entry lobby and concourses. Technology improvements will include new video boards, scoreboards, sound system, broadcast capabilities and heating and cooling systems. In addition, office suites, restrooms and locker rooms will be upgraded. Additional donors will be sought for the $40 million project.
NCAA SELECTION: SMU Director of Athletics Steve Orsini is a member of the Division I Men's Basketball Committee, receiving a five-year appointment that began Sept. 1, 2010. The 10-member committee consists of athletics directors and commissioners of Division I member institutions and conferences, and oversees administration of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship, including the selection, seeding and bracketing of teams for the tournament. The committee is the primary NCAA contact with CBS Sports, the National Association of Basketball Coaches, and other key basketball organizations. Committee members oversee selected preliminary round sites, as well as the Final Four, and assign officiating crews for each game of the championship. The committee also serves as stewards for the good of the game, monitoring and taking action as appropriate regarding issues affecting college basketball.
DICK'S SPORTING GOODS NIT SEASON TIP-OFF: The SMU men's basketball team participated in the 2011 Dick's Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off. The Mustangs played in the West Regional in Stanford, Calif. SMU lost 75-56 to Colorado State and 54-52 against Fresno State. The Mustangs then went to Tulsa for the consolation rounds, losing 62-56 to host Oral Roberts before a 64-55 win against Arkansas-Pine Bluff. This was SMU's third appearance in the Preseason NIT. The last was at the start of the 1998-99 season.
MUSTANGS SELECTED IN NBA D-LEAGUE DRAFT: Former SMU men's basketball standouts Collin Mangrum and Derek Williams were selected in the 2011 NBA Development League Draft on Thursday. Both were selected by the Texas Legends with Williams going in the seventh round and Mangrum being called in the eighth round. It is the second straight year two Mustangs have been selected as Mouhammad Faye and Bamba Fall were picked in the 2010 draft.
Kenny Smith Speaks At SMU Basketball Tip-Off Dinner: The SMU men's basketball team hosted its sixth annual Tip-Off Dinner at the Park Cities Hilton Ballroom on Oct. 13. TNT analyst and two-time NBA champion Kenny Smith served as the keynote speaker. Smith is the sixth member of an elite list of speakers for the event following SMU great Jon Koncak (2006), television commentating legend Bill Raftery (2007), prominent coach and analyst Fran Fraschilla (2008), ESPN college basketball analyst Hubert Davis (2009) and NFL Hall of Fame receiver Michael Irvin (2010).
SMU's Matt Doherty Joins Coaches vs. Cancer to Call for Increased Cancer Research Funding: Coach Matt Doherty teamed with cancer advocates to urge Congress to protect federal funding for cancer research and prevention programs. The coaches led a Capitol Hill rally on Sept. 27, to emphasize that the federal investment in cancer research, prevention and early detection programs is vitally important to helping people prevent and fight the disease. Coaches vs. Cancer is a collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches. The more than 2,000 college basketball coaches have raised nearly $50 million since its inception. --- Participants were: Coach Matt Brown (Missouri-Kansas City); Coach Jamie Dixon (Pittsburgh); Coach Matt Doherty (SMU); Coach Paul Hewitt (George Mason); John Seffrin, PhD, CEO, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network; Christopher W. Hansen, president, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network.
SMU's Gerald Lewis Inducted Into St. Martin's Episcopal School Hall Of Fame: Men's basketball Director of Operations and SMU alum, Gerald Lewis, was inducted into the St. Martin's Episcopal School (New Orleans) Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame on Sept. 30. Lewis is a 1989 graduate of St. Martin's and a 1993 graduate of SMU. Lewis scored 1,243 points. As a senior, he averaged 23.4 points, 7.5 rebounds, 4.3 assists, and 5.0 steals. As a junior and senior, he was all-state, all-district, and all-metro. At SMU, he was first team All-SWC in 1993, leading SMU to the SWC regular season title and an NCAA berth. His senior season, he became one of only eight players in NCAA history to record three triple-doubles and set the SMU single-season mark for steals (79). He played professionally for six years in Croatia where he was a five-time All-Star including MVP in the 1996 All-Star game.
SMU IN THE POSTSEASON: Last season, SMU played in its 14th postseason tournament, advancing to the semifinal of the CIT. SMU has made 10 NCAA championships (1955, 1956, 1957, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1984, 1985, 1988, 1993), two NIT appearances (1986, 2000) and a Collegiate Commissioners Association Invitational (1974). The three wins in the 2011 postseason tied the program record (3 wins in 1956 NCAA Final Four season). The 64-57 overtime win against Oral Roberts on March 16 in the opening round of the CIT marked the Mustangs' first postseason win since defeating Notre Dame 83-75 in the first round of the 1988 NCAA Championship in Chapel Hill, N.C. The Mustangs were a No. 7 seed and Notre Dame was a No. 10 seed in the East Region. SMU is 12-16 all-time in postseason play.
DOHERTY IN THE POSTSEASON: SMU's 2011 CIT run was Matt Doherty's fourth postseason as a head coach. He has a 10-4 record in two NITs, an NCAA appearance and the 2011 CIT. He led Notre Dame to the NIT championship game in 2000, took North Carolina to the NCAA second round in 2001, and then led UNC to the NIT quarterfinal round in 2003. SMU made the 2011 CIT semifinal. He made seven NCAA trips as an assistant coach at Kansas, including the 1993 Final Four.