Men's Basketball Falls In OT

Junior Blount scored 33 points to lead the Horned Frogs.

Junior Blount scored 33 points to lead the Horned Frogs.

Nov 24, 2002

Box Score

DALLAS (AP) - Quinton Ross scored 28 points and freshman guard Bryan Hopkins hit the go-ahead basket with 1:20 left in overtime as Southern Methodist defeated longtime rival TCU 87-84 on Sunday night.

In SMU's first game of the season, Hopkins dazzled the Moody Coliseum crowd of 7,102 in his long-awaited college debut. Last year as a high school senior, Hopkins led Dallas Lincoln High School to a 40-0 season, the Texas Class 4A state title and a mythical national championship.

Hopkins finished with 12 points, 10 assists and no turnovers, and helped SMU (0-1) rally from a 39-30 halftime deficit.

TCU (1-1) commanded much of the first-half action as SMU went 11-of-33 (33 percent), including 0-of-9 from 3-point range.

But with TCU holding a 45-35 lead with 16:46 left in the game, SMU slowly started to chip away at the lead by hitting 53 percent of its shots in the second half.

Ross hit a free throw with 41 seconds left, tying the score at 75. It was the last point scored in regulation.

TCU had an 81-80 lead with 2:19 remaining in the extra period when Hopkins took over.

The freshman scored on a driving basket to put SMU up 82-81 with 1:20 left. On the next two trips down the floor, Hopkins nailed a 3-pointer and then made a free throw to seal the win.

TCU shot just 2-of-10 from the field in overtime.

Junior Blount led the way for the Horned Frogs with 33 points, while Bingo Merriex added 10 points and 14 rebounds.



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