DALLAS (SMU) - Behind four players in double-figures, the SMU Mustangs won their season opener, 76-61, over the Texas-Tyler Patriots at Moody Coliseum in the collegiate head coaching debut of Jimmy Tubbs.
Bryan Hopkins led the Mustangs with 21 points and seven assists, but did commit a game-high seven turnovers. Sophomore Devon Pearson had a breakout night with 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting while adding five blocks, four rebounds, three assists and three steals. Patrick Simpson and Justin Isham were the other Ponies netting double-digits with 11 and 10, respectively. Eric Castro just missed a double-double with nine points and nine boards.
The Mustangs came our full of intensity under their new head coach, but could not put away the pesky Patriots and UTT pulled within six at 40-34 on a three-pointer at the halftime horn. SMU quickly pushed the margin to double-figures in the second stanza and kept Tyler at bay for the remainder of the contest.
Up next for the Mustangs is a trip to Bozeman, Mont., to take on Montana State at 8 p.m. on Nov. 22.