SMU 70, McMurry 67

Papa Dia had 19 points and 15 rebounds as SMU held on for a

70-67 victory at Division III McMurry on Saturday night.

The visit by the Mustangs (6-4) is believed to be just the third

time a Division I school has played at a Division III opponent. The

Redlands (Calif.) hosted Villanova in 2003; Occidental (Calif.)

College welcomed SMU last season.

Jaden Isler, Steven Jones and Derek Sumpter scored 14 points

each for McMurry (6-4), which led by 12 points early. But SMU came

back and never trailed after the 9:04 mark of the first half.

Isler’s jumper cut the deficit to 68-65 with 42 seconds to play,

but the Mustangs managed to keep possession – and the clock running

– until six seconds remained. Both teams hit two free throws each

afterward, with Jeremiah Samarrippas’ pair giving SMU its winning


Overall, McMurry held its own inside, outrebounding the Mustangs

39-31. Both teams had 28 points in the paint.