M-Basketball Game Notes: Home At 2 p.m. On Sunday Against Houston Baptist

Go smu! Paulius Ritter has led the Mustangs in rebounds three times this season
Go smu!
Paulius Ritter has led the Mustangs in rebounds three times this season
Go smu!

Dec. 7, 2007

HOUSTON BAPTIST Huskies (1-11) at SMU Mustangs (3-4) - Sun. Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. - Moody Coliseum - Radio: KAAM 770 AM (Rich Phillips, Allen Stone) - Internet: Mustang All-Access

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The SMU Mustangs host the Houston Baptist Huskies at Moody Coliseum on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. The Mustangs enter on a three-game winning streak after defeating TCU 71-65 in the State Farm DFW Duel on Wednesday night. A win would get SMU to .500 for the first time this season.

The Mustangs and Huskies are meeting in the regular season for the first time in almost 33 years. SMU owns a 3-0 series lead from a set that was played from 1972-75. SMU won the first meeting 75-72 in the Shreveport Invitational in Louisiana on Dec. 2, 1972; followed by a pair of home wins (93-65 on Jan. 12, 1974, and 98-67 on Jan. 9, 1975).

In all three wins, the Mustangs have shot a better percentage, outrebounded opponents, had more bench points, and attempted more free throws. In the four losses, SMU was on the wrong side of all four categories. The Mustangs are also 3-1 when getting less steals, while 0-3 in the game with more steals than their opponent.

The Mustangs have five players averaging seven or more points with Jon Killen at 12.3, Alex Malone at 11.4, Bamba Fall at 9.9, Papa Dia at 9.9, Derrick Roberts at 7.6 and Mike Walker at 7.4. Papa Dia is leading the rebounders with 7.1 per night, and Bamba Fall is grabbing 6.3 boards per contest. Killen is leading the Mustangs from the perimeter, hitting 17-39 from three-point range (.436) followed by Mike Walker at 12-32 (.375) from beyond the arc. Killen is also pacing the Mustangs with 3.9 assists per game. Bamba Fall is shooting 63.2 percent (24-38) and has hit 19-of-26 (.731) over the last four games.

LAST GAME: DALLAS (AP) -- Derrick Roberts scored 18 points to help lead SMU over regional rival TCU 71-65 on Wednesday night in the State Farm DFW Duel. TCU led by as many as eight points in the first half and went into halftime leading 34-29. But the Mustangs (3-4) rebounded in the second half, improving from 38 percent to 49 percent field goal shooting and taking a 10-point lead with eight minutes remaining. The Mustangs also had just three turnovers after intermission following 11 in the first half. Jon Killen added 14 points for SMU and Papa Dia had 12. Dia and Paulius Ritter led the Mustangs with eight rebounds each. Killen also led SMU with six assists and three steals against just one turnover. Alex Malone was the fourth Mustang in double-figures with 10 points to go with three assists. Bamba Fall had nine points, five rebounds and two blocks. Brent Hackett led TCU (4-3) with 17 points, going 5-of-16 from the behind the arc. TCU shot 39 percent from the field, and made 10-of-11 from the free-throw line. SMU was 11-of-17 at the line, but hit 7-of-8 in the second half. SMU won the rebounding contest, 44-34.

MILESTONES ON THE HORIZON: SMU career blocked shots - Bamba Fall is tied for 4th at 129 (4th is Reggie Franklin, 129 from 1977-79; 3rd Patrick Simpson, 151 from 2001-05) SMU career assists - Jon Killen is 17th at 244 (16th Phil Hale (260)), Derrick Roberts is 22nd (207) (21st Justin Isham (212), 20th Quinton Ross (222). SMU career steals - Jon Killen is tied for 17th at 111 (Carlton McKinney (111), 16th is Devon Pearson (112), 15th is Troy Matthews (123))

HEAD COACH Matt Doherty...is in his seventh season as a head coach and his second season at SMU. This is his 17th season in collegiate coaching with eight NCAA Tournaments, seven conference titles, a Final Four appearance and the 2001 AP National Coach of the Year award. He also has 21 players that have gone to the NBA. He has a 107-92 record including a 17-21 mark on the Hilltop.

PLAYER NOTES: PROBABLE STARTERS FIRST 0 - Paulius Ritter: Had career-high 6 points and tied career-bests of 8 rebounds, 2 assists, and a steal against TCU 12/5...Tied career-high with 8 rebounds plus 4 points (2-3 FG) at UTSA 12/1...vs. Centenary, had a career-best 8 rebounds and 5 points as well as a block, and a steal. Led team in: rebounds 3x (Centenary 8, at UTSA 8, TCU 8)

12 - Jon Killen (co-captain): Has played in 95 straight games...Scored 10+ in 5 of 7 games this season...Had 14 points, 6 assists, 5 rebounds, 3 steals, and a block against TCU 12/5...Added 5 points, 4 boards, 2 assists, and a steal at UTSA 12/1...Recorded a career-best 22 points with 6 rebounds and 3 assists vs. Centenary... Is 17-39 from 3FG (.439) for the season...Is 17th at SMU in career assists (244) and tied for 17th in career steals (111). Has 27 assists to 18 TO for the season...Led team in: scoring (Centenary 22); assists 5x (Southern 4, Alabama State 5, at Dayton 5, at UTSA 2, TCU 6); steals 3x (Southern 3, Alabama State 4, TCU 3)

15 - Derrick Roberts (co-captain): Had a game-high 18 points against TCU 12/5...Scored 10 points with 4 FT in final 16 seconds to seal win at UTSA 12/1...Had 7 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists against Paul Quinn...5 assists at Dayton...Has 207 assists, which is 22nd at SMU..Has 18 assists to 13 turnovers...Led team in: scoring (TCU 18); assists 4x (Southern 4, Centenary 4, at Dayton 5, Paul Quinn 3); blocks (at UTSA 1)

22 - Mike Walker: 3 assists & 3 rebounds against TCU 12/5...Team-high 13 points on 3-5 3-pointers and 4-4 FT at UTSA 12/1...Had 6 points and 3 assists against Paul Quinn... Team-high 16 points (5-10 FG, 4-7 3FG) plus three assists in first start at Dayton...Has 12 assists to 5 turnovers on season...Led team in: scoring 2x (at Dayton 16, at UTSA 13), assists 2x (Centenary 4, Paul Quinn 3); steals 2x (Centenary 3, Paul Quinn 1)

42 - Papa Dia: 12 points & 8 rebounds against TCU...8 points, 8 boards, 2 assists and a block at UTSA 12/1...Had 19 points and 10 rebounds for second double-double against Paul Quinn...Started and had a double-double in his first career game with 11 points and 13 boards against Southern...Led team in: scoring (Paul Quinn 19); rebounds 4x (Southern 13, at Dayton 7, at UTSA 8, TCU 8); assists (at UTSA 2); steals (Alabama State 4); blocks 2x (Southern 2, at UTSA 1)...Double-double 2x: Southern (11 pts, 13 rebs), Paul Quinn (19 pts, 10 rebs)

RESERVES: 1 - Bennie Rhodes: Played 1 minute at UTSA...Had 6 points (2-2 FG, 1-1 3FG, 1-2 FT) and a block against Paul Quinn...Added 5 points, 2 boards and a block in 8 minutes at Dayton...Led team in: blocks (at Dayton 1)

10 - Alex Malone: Scored 10+ in 6 of 7 games...10 points, 4 boards, 3 assists, and a block against TCU...12 points, 4 rebounds, a block, and assist at UTSA 12/1...Named to the Tip-Off Classic All-Tournament Team after totaling 29 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, and a block in the two games...Led team in: scoring (Southern 19); steals (Centenary 3); blocks (at UTSA 1).

13 - Brett Holland: Played in final minute against Paul Quinn 11/27

14 - Tomasz Kwiatkowski: DNP vs. Paul Quinn, at UTSA, TCU...Had a rebound in 5 minutes at Dayton...Had 2 boards in 2 minutes against Centenary.

21 - Bamba Fall: Is 19-26 FG over last 5 games...9 points (4-5 FG0, 5 rebounds, and 2 blocks while against TCU...8 points, including 4-5 FT, 6 rebounds, and a block at UTSA 12/1...Had second career-double-double (11 points and 11 rebounds) against Paul Quinn 11/27...Career-high 18 points (8-9 FG) plus 7 boards & 2 blocks against Centenary...Has 129 career blocks, tied for 4th at SMU (Reggie Franklin, 129; 3rd Patrick Simpson, 151)...He is the SMU career blocks average leader at 2.6 per outing; that also ranks third for career blocks average in C-USA...Led team in: scoring (Alabama State 15); rebounds 2x (Alabama State 8, Paul Quinn 11); blocks 6x (Alabama State 5, Centenary 2, at Dayton 1, Paul Quinn 2, at UTSA 1, TCU 2)...Double-double: Paul Quinn (11 pts, 11 rebs)

23 - Joston Benton: Played in final minute against Paul Quinn 11/27

24 - Robert Nyakundi: Expected to redshirt

30 - Ryan Harp: a rebound and an assist in 7 minutes against TCU...2 points, 2 assists, and 2 steals at UTSA 12/1...Had double-double (10 points and 10 rebounds) in first start with 3 assists and a steal against Paul Quinn 11/27...Led team in: assists 2x (Paul Quinn 3, at UTSA 2); steals 2x (Paul Quinn 1, at UTSA 2)...Double-double: Paul Quinn (10 pts, 10 rebs)

33 - Cameron Spencer: Has 13 rebounds in 46 minutes this season...A board in 2 minutes against TCU...Had 2 baords in 3 minutes against Paul Quinn...Had 6 boards in 16 minutes against Southern and 4 rebounds in 14 minutes against Alabama State...Led team in: steals (at Dayton 2)

HOME IS WHERE THE HEART AND THE GAMES ARE: The Mustangs play a team-record 18 home games in 2007-08. The previous mark was 17 in 1997-98.

STATE OF HOOPS: The Mustangs play 22 games in the state of Texas, including 18 home games. The road games are at UT-San Antonio, Rice, Houston, and UTEP. The Mustangs play 12 games against in-state foes, facing Paul Quinn, UT-San Antonio, TCU, Prairie View A&M, Texas State, and Stephen F Austin once each followed by home and away sets with Conference USA opponents Houston, Rice, and UTEP.

STATE RIVALS: This is the fourth contest in a stretch where seven of eight opponents are from Texas. The only opponent from outside the state in that span is South Carolina-Upstate on Dec. 18. The Mustangs play 22 games in Texas this year, including 18 home games as well as road games at UTSA, Rice, Houston, and UTEP. The Mustangs play 13 games against teams from Texas and are 3-0 so far.

MUSTANG AND LEFTY: The SMU roster features four left-handers: Papa Dia, Bamba Fall, Ryan Harp, and Tomasz Kwiatkowski.

INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE: SMU has four players that have played in international competition. Bamba Fall - 2007 Senegalese National Team (competed in Global Games and African Championships) Alex Malone - 2007 Team USA (competed in Global Games) Robert Nyakundi - 2007 Team USA (competed in Global Games) Tomasz Kwiatkowski - Played for Poland's U-16 and U-18 National Teams while in high school

HONORS: Team Captains: Jon Killen & Derrick Roberts SMU Tip-Off Classic All-Tournament Team: Alex Malone (2 games, 29 points, 10 rebs)

ROOKIES: The Mustangs started freshmen Papa Dia, Ryan Harp, and Mike Walker against Paul Quinn on Nov. 27. The Mustangs won the game 81-63. It was the first time SMU had three freshman starters since Eric Castro, Justin Isham, and Patrick Simpson started as freshmen at TCU on Dec. 18, 2001, a 74-62 loss. Castro Isham, and Simpson also started in the 82-64 win over Oral Roberts on Dec. 14, 2001. The last time SMU started four freshmen was a visit from Florida Atlantic on Nov. 29, 1998, when DeWayne Floyd, Damon Hancock, Mike Niemi, and Nigel Smith helped the the Mustangs to a 91-61 victory.

NATIONAL TV EXPOSURE: The SMU Men's Basketball team has three games on CSTV in 2007-08 after having six nationally televised games during the 2006-07 regular season. Following are the Mustangs' nationally broadcast games under head coach Matt Doherty. 2007-08 Wed., J9, at UTEP (CSTV) Sat., F2, at Tulsa (CSTV) Wed., M5, Memphis (CSTV) 2006-07 Thu., D21, at TCU (CSTV) - W 64-62 on Dez Willingham 3-pointer at buzzer Sat, J13, at Houston (CSTV) - L 82-67 as Bamba Fall has first career double-double (12 pts, 10 rebs) Sat., F3, at Memphis (ESPN) - L 88-52; Ofoegbu has team-high 17 pts, Memphis 15-25 3FG Wed., F7, Houston (CSTV) - L 64-49; Pearson leads with 13 points and 9 rebounds Wed., F28, Tulsa (CSTV) - L 67-60; Ofoegbu leads with 29 points, 7 rebounds Sat., M3, [6] Memphis (CSTV) - L 64-60; SR night Ofoegbu (21pts), Pearson (16pts,9reb), Rackauskas (14pts)

OFF THE COURT NEWS: Jon Killen & Derrick Roberts named captains Coach Matt Doherty named Jon Killen and Derrick Roberts as team captains. The seniors are the two returning captains from last season after fellow captains Ike Ofoegbu and Dontatas Rackauskas graduated follwing the 2006-07 season. Inside College Hoops with Matt Doherty SMU men's basketball coach Matt Doherty will have a one-hour radio show beginning Dec. 3. It will then air Dec. 17 and weekly from Jan. 14 through March 17. The show will Inside College Hoops with Matt Doherty is hosted by Rich Phillips, the voice of the Mustangs, and will be on KAAM 770 AM, the home of Mustang men's basketball. The Monday night event will be held at Ten Sports Grill in downtown Dallas beginning at 7 p.m. SMU to open Crum Basketball Center The Mustangs will open the Crum Basketball Center during the 2007-08 season. It is a $13-million, 43,000 square-foot practice facility that will be home for SMU men's and women's basketball with two full-size practice courts for each program with multiple goals, locker rooms and lounges, a fully-equipped training and rehabilitation room with in-ground hydrotherapy pools, a strength and conditioning room, an on-site laundry facility, coaches' offices and conference facilities for both programs, coaches' locker rooms and film editing rooms. It will have a direct connection to Moody Coliseum via tunnel. Nov. 1 - SMU Basketball To Embark On African Tour In 2008 The SMU men's basketball team will embark on a 15-day basketball trip to Africa from May 25 to June 8, 2008. The once-in-a-lifetime opportunity will include a safari as well as tours of Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa, and Dakar, Senegal. The Mustangs in partnership with Adidas will perform coaching and skills clinics in each city. The Ponies will also play exhibition games at each site. The games include a matchup against the Senegalese national team. (more info on page 9 of the motes) Nov. 20 - Doherty Announces 2008-09 Signees SMU announced that four players have signed National Letters-of-Intent to play for the Mustangs beginning with the 2008-09 season. Three members of the class hail from California; Jarred DuBois is a guard from Westchester High School in Los Angeles, Justin Haynes is a wing from Palmdale High School in Palmdale, and Frank Otis is a forward from McClymonds High School in Oakland. Christopher Clarke is a forward from St. Mary's Preparatory in Orchard Lake, Michigan. (More info on page 7 of the notes)