WEST LAFAYETTE, Indiana (Ticker) -- Add Southern Methodist to the small list of schools that won't be invited back to Boilermaker Invitational.
Bryan Hopkins converted an uncontested layup with 90 seconds remaining as the Mustangs captured the championship with a 60-59 upset of 17th-ranked Purdue.
Purdue fell to just 24-2 in this event, which is scheduled against mostly inferior opponents to provide an early glimpse of coach Gene Keady's talent. The Boilermakers (8-2) opened the 13th edition of this tournament with a big effort from their bench in Saturday's 80-69 win over Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne but struggled all day against the Mustangs' zone defense.
"I think we've had games like this all year and got away with them," Keady said. "We didn't compete tonight and SMU just outplayed us. Their zone defense was tough, but tonight our big guys were not ready to play. It's frustrating and the coaches feel like it's our fault. It's going to be a long Christmas break."
Facing a ranked team for the second time in three games didn't faze the Mustangs, who joined 1991 champion Wisconsin-Green Bay as the only school to beat Purdue. SMU (4-4) lost at home to Wake Forest on Monday.
Hopkins, who scored a career-high 35 points on Saturday, drove the lane and drained only his second basket of the game to complete the scoring. Purdue's Kenneth Lowe missed two potential go-ahead jumpers in the final 20 seconds.
Hopkins struggled with Purdue's aggressive defense as he shot just 2-of-8, including 0-of-5 from the arc. But the focus on Hopkins allowed SMU to shoot 58 percent in the second half and 51 percent overall (24-of-47) as it became the first team to make more than half of its shots against Keady's squad.
"This was certainly a wonderful win for our guys," Mustangs coach Mike Dement said. "We played really well against Purdue. This is a great win for us and it gives our guys a lot of confidence."
SMU kept the game close with its zone as Purdue shot 36 percent (21-of-59) and made just 6-of-22 3-pointers. Purdue never led by more than six points and began to lose control in the final four minutes as SMU converted layups on four successive possessions.
The Boilermakers had won 10 straight championships rather easily. They beat San Diego by 30 points last season and the average margin of victory had been 21.5 points but the second loss in the event left Keady unsure of his team's abilities.
"It's back to the drawing board, again," he said. "Right now this team can go either way. We can be a really bad team in March or we can be a really fun team come March."