Memphis Drops C-USA Road Opener to SMU, 64-58

Jan. 12, 2011

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By: Preston McClellan

DALLAS – SMU used a 17-0 second-half run and shot 56.3 percent from beyond the arc en route to upsetting Memphis (12-4; 1-1 C-USA) 64-58 Wednesday night at Moody Coliseum in Dallas, Texas.

The Tigers led 48-37 after a dunk by Tarik Black at the 11:18 mark, but a cold-shooting streak by the Tigers coupled with empty trips at the free throw line–Memphis missed all nine of its attempts at the line in the second half–were too much for the Tigers to overcome.

Papa Dia scored five straight points, capped by a reverse layup and three-point play with 3:16 to go gave SMU its first lead of the game, 51-48. Collin Mangrum, who finished with 15 points in the game, then buried a triple on the next possession to extend the lead to 54-48 with under three minutes to go.

Joe Jackson responded on the next possession with a layup–the first Tiger score since the 11:20 mark–to cut the lead to 54-50 with 2:02 to play. Jackson was whistled for palming the basketball on the next possession, however, and Magrum capitalized with a follow-up layup on the ensuing Mustang possession to push the lead back to six.

A missed jumper by Jackson on the next possession forced the Tigers to foul, and Robert Nyakundi made two free throws to give SMU its largest lead of the night, 58-50 with 39 seconds to go.

Wesley Witherspoon and Will Barton would both connect from long range in the final 30 seconds, but the Tigers missed five free throws down the stretch and couldn’t close the gap.

Jackson led the Tigers with 15 points, while Wesley Witherspoon was the only other Memphis player to finish in double figures with 11. Tarik Black added nine points and five rebounds.

For a second straight season, Papa Dia led the Mustangs to a victory at home over the Tigers, scoring 21 points and pulling down 10 boards. Nyakundu and Mangrum added 15 points of apiece for SMU (10-6; 1-1 C-USA).

Memphis returns to the Bluff City for a matchup against Marshall on Saturday. Game time is slated for 11 a.m. (CDT) at FedExForum.

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21 years young. Senior PR student at the University of Memphis. Student intern for Memphis Athletic Media Relations. www.prestonmcclellan.weebly.com. Follow me @p_mcclellan.

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