Puerto Vallarta, MX (Sports Network) - A jumper by Nick Russell with 10
seconds remaining proved to be the difference as the SMU Mustangs slipped by
Missouri State, 62-61, in the third-place game of the Hoops for Hope Classic
at the Puerto Vallarta Convention Center.
Russell finished the contest with a game-high 25 points on 9-of-15 shooting
from the floor for the Mustangs (6-1) in the victory. The other double-digit
scorer for SMU was Jalen Jones who tallied 17 points, to go along with his
team-high seven rebounds as well.
The Bears (2-4) were paced by Anthony Downing who accounted for 20 points and
a game-high eight rebounds, while Marcus Marshall chipped in 18 points as he
made 4-of-9 shots behind the three-point line.
Missouri State opened with a 9-0 run and led for much of the first half, until
the final minutes when SMU put together a 10-3 run of its own to move out to a
26-24 advantage at the break. The Bears ended up shooting just 33.3 percent
from the floor over the first 20 minutes of action.
The lead for the Mustangs ballooned to nine points in the second half, but
down the stretch it was a three-pointer by Marshall with 17 seconds remaining
that put Missouri State ahead by a point, 61-60. After a timeout, Shawn
Williams found Russell who knocked down what proved to be the game-winning
SMU shot only 1-of-6 beyond the arc in the meeting, but the squad took
advantage of 37 trips to the free-throw line, compared to just 10 for the
Bears, outscoring Missouri State by a 23-7 margin at the charity stripe.
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