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
SMU 73 Hofstra 47
SMU (8-1), Hofstra (3-5)
David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex
Hempstead, New York
-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.
- Hofstra (Hempstead, N.Y.) is located about 20 miles from Coach Brown's hometown of Brooklyn
- Hofstra is about 10 miles from where Coach Brown went to high school in Long Beach, N.Y.
- Coach Brown also guided the New York Knicks (2005-06) and nearby New Jersey Nets (1981-83) of the NBA.
Cannen Cunningham (#15 - C - 6-9 - So.)
- 10 points
o 10+ points for the 5th time this season
- Tied a career high with 9 rebounds
o Previous: 11/15/11 vs. Fresno State
- Last game vs. Utah (11/28): 8 points, 8 rebs, 4 blocks, 4 steals
Jalen Jones (#21 - G - 6-7 - So.)
- 3rd career double-double -- 14 pts, 12 rebs
- 1st Mustang since Papa Dia in 2010-11 with back-to-back double-doubles
o 3/9/11 vs. Rice - 22 pts, 15 rebs; 3/16/11 vs. Oral Roberts - 17 pts, 15 rebs
- Last game vs. Utah (11/28): Second career double-double (20 pts, 16 rebs)
o 20 points - 4th game with 20+ points this season
o Career high 16 rebounds
o 1st player with 15+ points and 15+ rebounds since Papa Dia (3/21/11 vs. Northern Iowa - 17 pts ,21 rebs)
Ryan Manuel (#1 - G - 6-4 - So.)
- 8 points, 7 rebounds
Nick Russell (#12 - G - 6-4 - Jr.)
- 20 points
o 3rd time this season with 20+ points, 7th time with 10+
o 9-15 FGs
- 7 assists
- 5 rebounds
- Career high 4 steals
- Leads team in scoring (16.5) and assists (4.3)
Shawn Williams (#2 - F - 6-7 - Jr.)
- Second career double-double - 10 pts, 10 rebs
- 2-2 3FGs