What a solid weekend for SMU athletics.
Friday – SMU Basketball opens their season. They win.
Saturday – SMU Football continues their season against East Carolina. They win, and are now one win away from becoming bowl-eligible for the first time since 2012.
Sunday – SMU Basketball plays again. Wins again.
Starting with football, after scoring just seven points against the Memphis Tigers one week ago, the Mustangs exploded for 55 on the road against East Carolina earning their fifth win of the season, and officially making me look dumb.
SMU has officially overachieved, my preseason prediction was 4 wins, now one W away from going bowling. I’m ok with being wrong here #PonyUp
— Joey Hayden (@_joeyhayden) November 12, 2016
At the time, doubling last year’s win total seemed like a very reasonable goal for SMU, but hey, what do I know?
Unfortunately, SMU’s win didn’t earn them any ground in our latest poll thanks to a rather quiet week in the AAC.
AAC Blogger Media Poll – Week 11
Hayden’s ballot: 1. USF, 2. Navy, 3. Temple, 4. Houston, 5. Tulsa, 6. Memphis, 7. UCF, 8. SMU, 9. Cincy, 10. ECU, 11. UConn, 12. Tulane
Quick start for Men’s Basketball
Continuing the successful weekend, SMU saw victories inside Moody Coliseum on both Friday night and Sunday afternoon.
After a slow first half to open the season against Gardner-Webb (SMU actually trailed 28-27 at the break), the Mustangs outscored the Bulldogs 45-16 in the second half on Friday.
The highlight being the debut and first breakout performance for Duke transfer Semi Ojeleye who scored 26 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to help SMU secure its first win of the season.
And while most were at home taking in another Sunday of the NFL season, SMU put together a much more well-rounded performance for the 1 p.m. tip against Eastern Michigan.
Led by the Jarrey Foster Dunk Show and another strong performance by Ojeleye, the Mustangs cruised to a 91-64 victory as all five of SMU’s starters finished in double figures.
Honorable mentions and shout-outs
Horace Richardson being a beast.
.@RichHomieHorace named @American_FB‘s Defensive Player of the Week with his pair of Pick-6’s vs. ECU #NoFlyZone #PonyUpTempo @SMU_Football pic.twitter.com/ihg09Xc5YQ — The Stable (@TheStableSports) November 14, 2016
Semi Ojeleye being a beast.
— American MBB (@American_MBB) November 14, 2016
SMU alum Chris Banjo still being a beast by signing with the New Orleans Saints.