Mustangs Climb To Second At The N.I.T.
March 15, 2014
TUSCON, Ariz. (SMU) - The SMU Mustangs posted the low team round of the day during the second round at the National Invitational Tournament, finishing Saturday 13 strokes under par to climb from ninth to second on the leaderboard. Senior Harry Higgs carded a five-under 67 to move into a tie for second overall, while sophomore Ryan Burgess recorded the lowest score of the round and of his collegiate career with a 66 to move up 48 spots in the field.
SMU's ascent included passing multiple top 25 teams. The Mustangs finished Saturday ranked ahead of No. 3 Oklahoma State, No. 10 Texas A&M and No. 19 New Mexico. No. 2 California leads the tournament by 16 strokes.
Burgess tallied six birdies with no over-par holes to record his career-low round. Higgs also collected six birdies, including four over his first seven holes. Bryson Dechambeau, who entered the day tied for third at four-under par, held firm with an even-par second round. Freshman Andrew Buchanan also posted an under-par round, carding a two-under par 70.
SMU head coach Josh Gregory was quite pleased with his team's effort and results.
"Today was a great day," Gregory said. "To have the low round of the day against such a great field is big for our guys. But more importantly, we gave struggled once we have gotten under par early, and we have given shots back. Today we got under par early and kept going. That is what great teams do. This was a big step for us and we hope to keep it going tomorrow."
Michael Weaver of California leads the tournament at seven-under par, just one stroke ahead of Higgs and Weaver's teammate, Keelan Kilpatrick. Dechambeau is tied for seventh, three strokes off the lead. SMU is 11-under par as a team, two strokes ahead of New Mexico in third. San Diego State is fourth, while Oklahoma State rounds out the top five.
SMU will be grouped with California and New Mexico for the final round, which will begin tomorrow at 9 a.m. CT.