Nov. 18, 2011
FLORIDA GULF COAST Eagles (2-1) at SMU Mustangs (1-2)
Sat. Nov. 19 - 1 p.m.
Moody Coliseum (8,998) - Dallas, Texas
Radio: KAAM 770 AM (Scot Harrison)
Audio & Video: SMUMustangs.com
SMU Notes - Game 4
The SMU men's basketball team hosts Florida Gulf Coast on Saturday at 1 p.m. SMU will then play two consolation round games of Dick's Sports Goods NIT Season Tip-Off in Tulsa, Okla. The first matchup is at Oral Roberts on Monday at 7:30 p.m. SMU then faces Arkansas - Pine Bluff on Tuesday at 5 p.m. The Mustangs are 1-0 at home this season, opening with a 78-49 win at home in against in-state foe McMurry on Nov. 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.
DICK'S SPORTING GOODS NIT SEASON TIP-OFF: SMU played in the West Regional of the NIT Nov. 14 and 15 at Stanford. The Mustangs fell 75-56 vs. Colorado State in the opener on Nov. 14. SMU then lost a heartbreaking 54-52 decision to Fresno State in the second round. SMU plays consolation round games on Nov. 21 and 22 in Tulsa, Okla. The Mustangs face Oral Roberts on Monday and Arkansas - Pine Bluff on Tuesday. SMU is making its third appearance in the Preseason NIT. SMU previously played in the 1988 and 1998 tournaments, when the event was single-elimination. In 1988, SMU fell 75-60 at Wyoming in the first round. In 1998, SMU also played at Stanford, falling 86-51 to the third-ranked Cardinal.
UP NEXT: SMU plays at Oral Roberts in the third game of the Dick's Sporting Goods NIT Tip-Off on Nov. 21.
LAST GAME (Nov. 15 - L, 54-52 vs. Fresno State): STANFORD, Calif. (AP) -- Kevin Olekaibe scored 24 points, including a 3-pointer with 26.1 seconds remaining to give Fresno State the lead for good in a 54-52 victory over SMU Tuesday night. The teams met in a consolation game of the NIT Season Tip-Off. Jonathan Wills and Ryan Manuel each hit a pair of free throws in the final 13 seconds to clinch it for the Bulldogs (2-1), who overcame a 10-point deficit in the second half. Cannen Cunningham, in his first career start, scored 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds for the Mustangs (1-2). Robert Nyakundi added 14 points and London Giles had 11. Olekaibe led Fresno State with 24 points. Kevin Foster had 10. SMU recovered from an early 10-point deficit to take a 22-21 halftime edge.
SERIES HISTORY VS. FLORIDA GULF COAST (1-0): SMU won the only meeting in the series, 79-62 in Moody Coliseum on Nov. 21, 2009.
LAST MEETING VS. FGCU (Nov. 21, 2009 - W, 79-62): DALLAS (SMU) - Mouhammad Faye and Paul McCoy each scored 18 points as the SMU Mustangs defeated Florida Gulf Coast 79-62 at Moody Coliseum. Justin Haynes added a career-high 17 points for SMU. The Mustangs shot 60 percent in the second half on 15-of-25 from the field as they outscored Florida Gulf Coast 48-31 after halftime. The game was tied 31-31 at intermission. The Mustangs (1-2) outrebounded Florida Gulf Coast 44-23, including a 20-6 advantage on the offensive boards. Papa Dia and McCoy each had a game-high eight rebounds. For McCoy, it was a career-high. Both teams shot just above 43-percent from the field, with SMU dropping 43.6-percent to FGCU's 43.1-percent. The Mustangs were 25-of-37 from the free throw line, while the Eagles (0-3) were just 11-of-14 on free throws.
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 158-163 career record including a 68-92 mark on the Hilltop.
Rodney Clinkscales: Was 3-5 on 3FGs in the opener vs. McMurry...Last season, he 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...SMU Career Rankings: 5th in 3FG% (.406, 65-180)...21st in 3FGs made (65)
Cannen Cunningham: Had 17 points and 9 rebounds vs. Fresno State in his first career start 11/15.
KEVIN DUNLEAVY: Played 2 minutes in the opener vs. McMurry 11/11.
London Giles: Has scored in double figures in each of the first three games...Sat out last season due to transfer after playing two seasons at Nevada
Jalen Jones: Started each of the first 3 games...Averaging 9.7 points and 3.3 rebounds.
Ryan Manuel: Averaging 2.7 points and 2.0 rebounds in 17.7 minutes.
Eric Norman: Played all 3 games, averaging 5.7 minutes.
Robert Nyakundi - C-USA PLAYER OF THE YEAR CANDIDATE: Team tri-captain...Averaging 11.7 points and 5.0 rebounds in 3 games...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: 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 CAREER RANKINGS: 4th in 3FG (187), 2nd in 3FG percentage (43.8, 187-427), 2nd in FT percentage (87.6, 123-141)
Aliaksei Patsevich: Averaging 4.3 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.0 assist through 3 games...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 tri-captain...Averaging 8.0 points and 2.3 assists through 3 games...2010-11 (Freshman): 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: Rehabilitating from torn right ACL...expected back in December...Sat out last season as a redshirt
Ricmonds Vilde: Averaging 2.7 points and 1.0 rebounds...Added 8 points and 2 rebounds in 12 minutes in the opener vs. McMurry...Sat out last season as a redshirt
Jordan Walker: Had a steal and a rebound in the opener vs. McMurry 11/11.
Shawn Williams: Team tri-captain...Enrolled at SMU on Jan. 11, 2011, after transferring from Texas...As a Freshman at Texas in 2009-10, 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.
SMU Career Games: Robert Nyakundi 95 (40 have 100 games)
SMU Career Cames Started: Robert Nyakundi 63 (20 have 80 starts)
SMU Career Points: Robert Nyakundi 928 (35 have scored 1000)
SMU Career 3FGM: Robert Nyakundi is 4th 187 (3rd Troy Matthews 220, 2nd Bryan Hopkins 256, 1st Stephen Wood 273)
SMU Career 3FG%: Robert Nyakundi 2nd 43.8 (1st Eric Longino 47.3) & Rodney Clinkscales 5th 40.6
SMU Career FT%: Robert Nyakundi is 2nd 87.2 (123-141) (1st Eric Longino 88.4 (99-112), 3rd Charles Beasley 83.9 (270-322))
10+points: London Giles (12, 10, 11), Cannen Cunningham (17), Robert Nyakundi (14)
8+ rebounds: Cannen Cunningham (9)
2+ blocks: Cannen Cunningham (2)
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)
C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll: Aliaksei Patsevich, Leslee Smith
All C-USA: Robert Nyakundi (3rd Team)
SMU Invitational All-Tournament Team: Robert Nyakundi
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)
7 FROM DALLAS: The Mustangs have 6 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.
DEFENSE-DEFENSE: SMU is allowing 59.3 points per game...Last season, SMU led C-USA and was 23rd in the NCAA in scoring defense, allowing 61.3 points per game.
FG PERCENTAGE: The Mustangs are 60-26 (.698) when shooting when shooting a higher percentage than their opponent under Matt Doherty...SMU is 1-1 this season and went 18-6 when shooting better last season.
FREE THROWS: Last season, SMU led C-USA and was 38th in the NCAA in FT percentage (.742)...Robert Nyakundi was 3rd in C-USA and tied the SMU record (.900).
HOME SWEET HOME: SMU is 1-0 at home (78-49 win vs. McMurry)...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.
LONG RANGE: SMU has made 25 3FGs in 3 games...Last season, SMU led C-USA (33rd NCAA) in 3-point field goals per game (7.9)...The squad set an SMU record with 277 3-pointers.
SHARP-SHOOTERS: SMU was 1st in C-USA (38th NCAA) in FT percentage (.742), 1st in C-USA (7th NCAA) in FG percentage (.482), and 1st in C-USA (13th NCAA) in 3FG percentage (.394).
TURNOVER DIFFERENTIAL: SMU is 1-1 this year when having less turnovers...SMU went 13-2 last season with the same or fewer turnovers than its opponent and 7-12 when committing more miscues (one game was even).
CAPTAINS: Coach Matt Doherty named seniors Robert Nyakundi, Jeremiah Samarrippas and Shawn Williams as team captains.
NEXT LEVEL: In the last three years, five 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.
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
2. Cleveland Cavaliers
3. Dallas Mavericks
4. Denver Nuggets
5. Detroit Pistons
6. Indiana Pacers
7. Golden State Warriors
8. New Orleans Hornets
9. Philadelphia 76ers
10. San Antonio Spurs
11. Utah Jazz
FAMILIAR FOE: The Mustangs have met seven opponents more than 100 times.
Rice 193 118-75 J11 at SMU, F11 at Rice
TCU 185 101-85 F8 at SMU
Texas A&M 177 90-87
Baylor 175 100-75
Texas 174 71-103
Arkansas 153 59-94
Texas Tech 104 47-57
YOU CAN CALL IT A COMEBACK: The Mustangs have overcome an 11-plus-point deficit nine times under Doherty.
14 pts 28-14 at 8:00 1st half W, 64-58 Memphis 1/12/11
13 pts 40-27 at 14:30 2nd half W, 55-53 Tulane 1/24/07
13 pts 41-28 at 19:18 2nd half W (ot), 69-67 UCF 1/26/08
13 pts 40-27 at 17:34 2nd half W, 68-53 Rice 2/9/08
13 pts 63-50 at 9:47 2nd half W (2ot), 99-96 UTEP 3/1/08
13 pts 15-2 at 12:51 1st half W, 70-67 at McMurry 12/18/10
13 pts 36-23 at 1:15 1st half W, 59-58 at Tulsa 1/26/11
13 pts 32-19 at 15:18 2nd half W, 46-41 East Carolina 2/2/11
11 pts 28-17 at 3:06 1st half W, 70-60 Memphis 1/30/10
GP 10+Pts 8+Reb Dbl-Dbl 5+Ast 3+Stl 2+Blk Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk
0 Rodney Clinkscales 1 - - - - - - - - - - -
1 Ryan Manuel 3 - - - - - - - - 2 - -
2 Shawn Williams - - - - - - - - - - - -
3 Leslee Smith - - - - - - - - - - - -
4 Kevin Dunleavy, Jr. 1 - - - - - - - - - - -
5 Ricmonds Vilde 3 - - - - - - - - - - -
11 London Giles 3 3 - - - 2 - - - 2 2 -
12 Jeremiah Samarrippas 3 1 - - 1 - - - - 2 - -
13 Aliaksei Patsevich 3 - - - - - - - - 1 - 1
15 Cannen Cunningham 3 1 1 - - - 2 1 2 1 - 2
21 Jalen Jones 3 2 - - - - - 1 - 1 - -
24 Robert Nyakundi 3 2 1 - - - - 1 1 2 - -
34 Jordan Walker 1 - - - - - - - - - - -
35 Eric Norman 3 - - - - - - - - - - -
CAREER GP 10+Pts 8+Reb Dbl-Dbl 5+Ast 3+Stl 2+Blk Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk
0 Rodney Clinkscales 62 9 - - - 1 - 4 - 1 8 1
2 Shawn Williams 7 - - - - - - - - - - -
11 London Giles 49 - - - 1 3 - - - 2 2 -
12 Jeremiah Samarrippas 38 11 - - 9 8 - - - 17 16 -
13 Aliaksei Patsevich 19 - - - - - - - - 1 2 2
24 Robert Nyakundi 95 45 5 3 4 7 - 15 11 12 17 4
WORKING OVERTIME: The Mustangs are 5-2 in overtime under Matt Doherty (he is now 6-6 all-time in OT as a head coach)
Date Opponent Result Start OT Start 2OT
1/6/07 Brown W, 60-56 ot Tied 50-50
1/26/08 UCF W, 69-67 ot Tied 62-62
3/1/08 UTEP W, 99-96 2ot Tied 79-79 Tied 86-86
2/25/09 at UTEP L, 61-58 ot Tied 55-55
11/21/10 UC Riverside L, 73-69 ot Tied 57-57
2/23/11 Rice W, 76-66 ot Tied 57-57
3/16/11 Oral Roberts W, 64-57 ot Tied 52-52
2010-11 (returnees) Opponent Season Career
Robert Nyakundi 19 pts, 10 rebs Portland State 1st 1st
Robert Nyakundi 23 pts, 10 rebs SE Missouri State 2nd 2nd
Robert Nyakundi 14 pts, 10 rebs Santa Clara 3rd 3rd
SMU RECORDS: Additions to the SMU record book this season
TEAM - 3FGM: 13 vs. McMurry 11/11 (T-5th)
OPPONENT - FT% 93.3 (14-15) vs. Colorado State 11/14 (T-16th)
LAST SEASON: The Mustangs recorded their 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 will host a game at the Dallas Independent School District's Ellis Davis Fieldhouse on Dec. 15 at 7:30 p.m. SMU faces Jackson State in the non-conference matchup. The Mustangs will 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 six 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 will participate in the 2011 Dick's Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off, NIT selection committee chair C.M. Newton announced on Wednesday. The Mustangs are assigned to the West Regional and will play their first two games Nov. 14-16 in Stanford, Calif. SMU matches up with Colorado State in the first round. Fresno State faces Stanford in the other opening round contest. ESPN will provide coverage throughout the event, televising games on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3.com. Games on ESPN and ESPN2 will be simulcast on ESPN3.com. This is SMU's this 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.