Russell Scores 20 As SMU Beats Hofstra, 73-47
Dec. 1, 2012
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) -- Nick Russell had 20 points, five rebounds and seven assists Saturday to lead SMU to a 73-47 victory over Hofstra at the David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex.
Jalen Jones had 14 points and 12 rebounds for SMU, while Cannen Cunningham had 10 points and nine rebounds and Shawn Williams had 10 points and 10 rebounds. The Mustangs finished with a 49-37 advantage on the boards.
Stevie Mejia had 11 points for Hofstra, which was missing two starters and two top reserves after the four players were suspended from all university activities while the case is pending.
The Mustangs (8-1) scored the first 10 points of the game and led by as many as 19 points on two occasions. SMU led 31-19 at halftime as Hofstra (3-5) shot 21.9 percent (7 of 32), including 2 of 11 from 3-point range. The Mustangs shot 38.2 percent (13 of 34) in the half.
Hofstra's poor shooting continued and the Mustangs took advantage to go ahead by as many as 27 points with about 12 minutes left and they cruised from there. The Pride finished at 25.9 percent from the field (15 of 58) and made 5 of 18 from 3-point range.
SMU shot 47.5 percent for the game (29 of 61), going 16 of 26 in the second half (59.3 percent).
The loss was Hofstra's third straight after a three-game winning streak.
Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown brought the Mustangs back to the area where he was a standout athlete at Long Beach H.S. before going on to North Carolina and then a career in the ABA. He has coached a record nine NBA teams and his other college stops were iconic programs UCLA and Kansas.
This was SMU's first game in New York State since 1950. The Mustangs broke a four-game losing streak in New York and are 4-6 in the Empire State all-time.
SMU Postgame Notes - December 1, 2012
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-First ever meeting with Hofstra
-SMU is 8-1 under Head Coach Larry Brown
-Last start of 8-1 or better: 2006-07 season -- started 9-1
-Largest road win against a Division I team since 68-40 win over Centenary - 12/16/06
-First game in the state of New York since 12/9/50 at Canisius (L, 64-55)
-Head Coach Larry Brown returned to his home state of New York.
-First time SMU has had two players with a double-double since 2/27/10
-SMU started game on 10-0 run
-Mustangs led 31-19 at halftime
-32-14 edge for SMU in points in the paint
Brian Bernardi (#22 - G - 6-2 - Fr.)
Cannen Cunningham (#15 - C - 6-9 - So.)
Jalen Jones (#21 - G - 6-7 - So.)
Ryan Manuel (#1 - G - 6-4 - So.)
Nick Russell (#12 - G - 6-4 - Jr.)
Shawn Williams (#2 - F - 6-7 - Jr.)