Dia leads SMU to win over Houston Baptist
DALLAS (AP)—Papa Dia scored 17 points to lead SMU to a 79-60 win over Houston Baptist on Friday night in the Tip-Off Classic.
Dia was 8 of 10 from the field and pulled down nine rebounds. Derek Williams added 15 points and Paul McCoy had 11 for the Mustangs (1-1).
Gordon Watt had a double-double for Houston Baptist, with 16 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Baron Sauls had 15 points and Sean Morris scored 10 for the Huskies (0-3).
The Mustangs opened up a 40-32 lead at the break then went on a 25-12 run in the first 10 minutes of the second half. SMU hit 7-of-14 3-pointers during the second half.
The Mustangs shot 49 percent from the field for the game. The Huskies shot 35 percent, including a dismal 8-of-28 shots, or 29 percent, during the second half.