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SMU (10-4) hosts Wyoming (12-0) in the Mustangs’ final non-conference game on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The Mustangs are 5-0 at home the season after a 72-53 win against Furman on Sunday. Wyoming is receiving votes in the Associated Press Top 25 and the USA Today Coaches Poll, and is 3-0 on the road.
UP NEXT: SMU opens Conference USA play by hosting Tulsa in an FSN-televised game on Jan. 6 at 7 p.m. That game pits Larry Brown (SMU) and Danny Manning (Tulsa) as opposing head coaches for the first time. Brown was the head coach and Manning was the Most Outstanding Player (MOP) of the Final Four as Kansas won the 1988 NCAA Championship. It will be just the second matchup as head coaches for a tandem that was head coach and MOP for an NCAA title team.
THE SERIES VS. WYOMING (2-3): Wednesday’s meeting marks the sixth between the schools, with the Cowboys owning a 3-2 series edge. The home team has won all five meetings. Wyoming took the most recent matchup, a 75-69 win in Laramie, Wyo. SMU is 2-0 all-time in Dallas against Wyoming. The schools met twice in 1998-99 as members of the Western Athletic Conference, splitting the season series.
LAST MEETING VS. WYOMING (Dec. 22, 2005 – L, 69-75): LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) – Justin Williams’ 15 points, 15 rebounds and seven blocked shots helped lift Wyoming to a 75-69 win over SMU. The Mustangs went on a 10-2 run that pulled them within 73-69 with 16 seconds left, but Wyoming held on with strong free-throw shooting down the stretch. The Cowboys shot better than 76 percent from the line, making 13 of their last 16 attempts. SMU made only six of 16 free-throw attempts in the game, for 37.5 percent. Chris Anderson’s 3-point play with 16:02 left gave the Cowboys their first double-digit lead of the game, putting them up 45-35. Bryan Hopkins scored seven straight points as the Mustangs answered with a 14-6 run that pulled them within 51-49 with 10:32 to go, but that was the closest they would get. Brandon Ewing led all Wyoming scorers in the game with 19 points, including nine of 10 from the free-throw line. Steve Leven scored 14, and Brad Jones added 12 for the Cowboys. Hopkins led SMU with 19 points. Derrick Roberts added 12, and Devon Pearson had 10 points and 10 rebounds.
LAST GAME (W, 72-53 – Furman on Dec. 30): DALLAS (AP) — Brian Bernardi scored 20 points, leading four players in double figures, to help SMU beat Furman 72-53 Sunday. Bernardi, who came off the bench, was 4 of 7 from 3-point range. The freshman’s previous career high was eight points on Dec. 1. Jalen Jones had 14 points, and Cannen Cunningham had 13 points and nine rebounds for the Mustangs (10-4). Shawn Williams had 10 points, and Nick Russell had seven assists. The Mustangs led 38-23 at halftime and never trailed in the game. SMU was 20 of 46 (43.5 percent) from the field for the game, while Furman was 16 of 57 (28.6 percent). Bryant Irwin led the Paladins (3-9) with 15 points. Colin Reddick had 12 points and seven rebounds. This was the first meeting between the teams. SMU is 5-0 at home this season. It’s the best home start for the Mustangs since starting 5-0 at home in 2006-07.