PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico -- Nick Russell scored 25 points and SMU beat Missouri State 62-61 Sunday in the third-place game of the Hoops for Hope Classic.
Russell was 9 of 15 from the field.Jalen Jones had 17 points and seven rebounds. Ryan Manuel added nine points.SMU (6-1) led by two at halftime, 26-24, in a game that saw three lead changes and four ties. The largest lead at any time was nine points. The Mustangs took the lead for good when Russell hit a jumper with 10 seconds left.Marcus Marshall missed a 3-pointer, and Brian Bernardi grabbed the rebound to end the game.Both teams scored 22 points in the paint, and the Bears (2-4) got 26 points off turnovers. But the Mustangs shot 51 percent for the game, while the Bears shot 42 percent.Anthony Downing had 20 points and eight rebounds. Marshall added 18.