Jan. 7, 2013
SMU Mustangs (10-6, 0-1 C-USA)at
HOUSTON Cougars (11-2, 0-0 C-USA)
Wed. Jan. 9 - 7 p.m.
Hofheinz Pavilion (8,479)
Radio: KAAM 770 AM (Rich Phillips, Herman Hudson)
SMU (10-6, 0-1 C-USA) visits Houston (11-2, 0-0 C-USA) on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The Mustangs are looking for their first conference win after a 48-47 loss to Tulsa on Sunday in the C-USA opener. SMU is 3-2 on the road this season and 5-4 in all games away from home.
Houston Narrowly Defeats SMU, 62-59
Joseph Young scored 27 points and Houston held off a second-half rally for a 62-59 victory over SMU on Saturday night. Robert Nyakundi led the Mustangs with 24 points, including 6-of-10 from beyond the three-point arc.
THE SERIES VS. HOUSTON (24-43): While the Cougars hold the all-time series edge, the Mustangs have won three of the last five meetings dating back to 2010. One of those three W's was a 70-54 road win on Feb. 16, 2011. SMU is 7-23 all-time in Houston. Since joining the C-USA in 2005-06, Houston rattled off nine straight wins over the Mustangs from 2006-2010.
LAST MEETING VS. HOUSTON (Feb. 25, 2012 - L, 59-62): HOUSTON (AP) - Joseph Young scored 27 points and Houston held off a second-half rally for a 62-59 victory over SMU. Robert Nyakundi led the Mustangs with 24 points, including 6-of-10 from beyond the three-point arc. Young connected on four 3-pointers for the Cougars. Jonathon Simmons scored 12 points and grabbed eight rebounds for Houston, and TaShawn Thomas scored 10 points. Jimmie Jones sparked the defense with four steals. In addition to his 24 point showing, Nyakundi also recorded three steals for SMU. Jeremiah Samarrippas had nine assists and Shawn Williams had seven rebounds. Houston had a 22-6 scoring advantage in the paint but SMU had a 21-16 scoring margin off turnovers and 15-5 off the bench. SMU forced 16 Cougar turnovers on the night.
LAST GAME (L, 48-47 - Tulsa on Jan. 6): DALLAS (AP) -- Pat Swilling Jr. hit a 3-pointer with 3.8 seconds left to give Danny Manning and Tulsa a 48-47 victory over Larry Brown and SMU in just the second coaching matchup of an NCAA-winning coach and the Final Four's most outstanding player. The shot by Swilling Jr. thwarted a huge second-half comeback from SMU. The Mustangs (10-6) trailed 34-17 at halftime before outscoring the Hurricane 29-8 for a 46-42 lead. SMU held Tulsa to just 23.1% shooting in the second half. Tulsa (9-6) pulled within a point on a 3-pointer by Scottie Haralson, and Swilling Jr. hit the winning shot after SMU fouled twice with the Hurricane trying to get loose for an open look. Manning, the eighth-leading scorer in NCAA history, was the star on Kansas' 1988 national championship team. Brown is the only coach to win NCAA and NBA titles. The game was the Conference USA opener for both teams.
HALL OF FAME HEAD COACH Larry Brown...was named head men's basketball coach at SMU on April 19, 2012. He is the only head coach to win both an NCAA title (Kansas 1988) and an NBA Championship (Detroit 2004). Brown was enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame as a coach on Sept. 27, 2002. He is in his 38th season as a head coach and eighth at the NCAA level. He has an overall record of 1663-1198 when combining his head coaching marks from the NBA, the ABA, the NCAA and USA Basketball. His collegiate record is 187-67 (10-6 at SMU), making the NCAA tournament in each of his previous seven season including three Final Fours (1980, 1986, 1988) and the 1988 NCAA title.
ACTIVE HALL OF FAMERS: There are four active coaches that have been inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
- Jim Boeheim, Syracuse - HOF 2005
- Larry Brown, SMU - HOF 2002
- Mike Kryzewski, Duke - HOF 2001
- Roy Williams, North Carolina - HOF 2007
Larry Brown AT HOME (NCAA): His teams are 100-13 (.885) at home. He is 5-2 at SMU. His teams were 24-6 (.800) at Pauley Pavilion at UCLA and 71-5 (.934) at Allen Fieldhouse while at Kansas. (At KU, his teams won a Big 8-record 55 straight home games which is 3rd all-time at KU - Started 3/3/84 vs. Oklahoma State W, 91-70 - Ended 1/30/88 vs. Kansas State L, 72-61).
Larry Brown ON THE ROAD (NCAA): His teams are 46-35 (.568) in road games. He is 3-2 at SMU.
Larry Brown IN NEUTRAL SITE GAMES (NCAA): His teams are 41-19 (.683) in neutral site games. He is 2-2 (.500) in neutral site games with SMU.
MENTOR VS. MOP: On Jan. 6, Larry Brown (SMU) and Danny Manning (Tulsa) met as head coaches for the first time. Brown was the head coach and Manning was the Most Outstanding Player (MOP) of the Final Four as Kansas won the 1988 NCAA Championship. It was just the second matchup as head coaches for a tandem that was head coach and MOP for an NCAA title team. - Howie Dallmar - 1942 MOP for Stanford (Coach was Everett Dean); Dean (Stanford) vs. Dallmar (Penn) at Penn on Dec. 29, 1950 (Penn wins 59-58) - Danny Manning - 1988 MOP for Kansas (Coach was Larry Brown); Manning (Tulsa) vs. Brown (SMU) at SMU on Jan. 6 (TU won 48-47), and at Tulsa on March 6
BIG EAST: Dec. 7, 2011 - SMU accepted an invitation to join the BIG EAST Conference in all sports, President R. Gerald Turner announced, fulfilling the University's goal to join a Bowl Championship Series Automatic Qualifier (BCS-AQ) conference. SMU, Houston, Memphis and UCF accepted full membership into the BIG EAST while San Diego State will compete as football-only member. The BIG EAST Conference Board of Directors, by a unanimous vote of its Presidents, extended the invitations for membership. SMU, Houston, UCF and Memphis will begin competing in all BIG EAST-sponsored sports in the 2013-14 academic year. The football-only members are San Diego State beginning in 2013, East Carolina in 2014 and Navy in 2015. Tulane also accepted an invitation to join the BIG EAST in all sports on Nov. 27, 2012, and will be an all-sports member beginning in 2014-15.
COVERING PRACTICE: Head Coach Larry Brown, other members of the staff and student-athletes will only be available BEFORE practice. Practices are open to members of the media. Media members can watch practice from designated areas off the court. Please notify the Public Relations Office in advance and to confirm times.
5-2: SMU is 5-2 at home. The Mustangs started 5-0 at home for the first time since starting 5-0 in 2006-07.
10-5: SMU went 10-5 in non-conference play, winning 10 non-conference games for the first time since 2006-07 (11-3 the season). The 8-1 start was the best since opening 9-1 in 2006-07. The Mustangs 5-0 start was the best since a 10-0 start to the 1997-98 season.
20/20/20/20/20 VISION: SMU has had five players score 20+ points this season.
- Jalen Jones (4x): 21 at TCU 11/15, 24 at Texas St 11/17; 20 vs. Malone 11/19, 20 vs. Utah 11/28
- Nick Russell (4x): 20 vs Wagner 12/21, 20 at Hofstra 12/1, 25 vs Missouri St 11/25; 25 at Texas St 11/17
- Cannen Cunningham: 20 vs. Rider 11/21
- Ryan Manuel: 24 vs. Rider 11/21 - Brian Bernardi: 20 vs. Furman 12/30
ATTENDANCE UP: SMU season tickets are up 79% from last year. The Mustangs are off to their best start since 2006-07 and the excitement is quickly spreading. SMU saw a 101% gain in attendance during the month of November (compared to the Nov. 2011).
Season Tickets - 79% increase
Avg. Attendance - 60.1% increase (3,222 from 2,013)
Avg. Nov. - 101% increase (3,198 from 1,593)
Season high attendance - 3,590 vs. Tulsa 1/6 (Last year: 3,508 vs. TCU 2/8/12)
BALANCED SCORING: SMU has had 4 players score in double-digits in 6 games (5-1).
1. LMU (11/11) - W, 73-58: Russell (19), Manuel (14), Williams (12), Jones (11), Cunningham (10)
2. Malone (11/19) - W, 81-47: Jones (20), Williams (13), Manuel (13), Cunningham (12)
3. Rider (11/21) - W, 83-70: Manuel (24), Cunningham (20), Jones (15), Russell (12)
4. vs. UALR (11/24) - L, 69-56: Williams (15), Giles (12), Cunningham (11), Russell (10)
5. at Hofstra (12/1) - W, 73-47: Russell (20), Jones (14), Williams (10), Cunningham (10)
6. Furman (11/24) - W, 72-53: Bernardi (20), Jones (14), Cunningham (13), Williams (10)
DOWN TO THE WIRE: SMU has played 9 games away from home (5 road 3-2, 4 neutral site 2-2), with three of them resulting in wins by three or less points.
- 11/15 at TCU - W, 64-61
- 11/17 at Texas State - W, 78-75
- 11/25 vs. Missouri State - W, 62-61
- 1/2 vs. Wyoming - L, 56-59
- 1/6 vs. Tulsa - L, 47-48
MUSTANG STATE: All of SMU's starters are all from the state of Texas, with 4 of the 5 from the DFW area: Cannen Cunningham (Arlington), Jalen Jones (Dallas), Ryan Manuel (Houston), Nick Russell (Duncanville), Shawn Williams (Duncanville), The Mustangs top reserve is also from DFW; London Giles (Dallas).
SMU - TEAM
3FG% - 2nd (72.7%, 8-11) vs. Rider 11/21 Best FT% - 6th (95.2%, 20-21) vs. Alcorn State 12/22
Blocked Shots - 5th (11) at Texas State 11/17
OPPONENT - INDIVIDUAL
3FGA - T-6th (15, 4-15) Marquiz Baker, vs. Alcorn State 12/22
Blocked Shots - T-3rd (6) Mario Moody, vs. Wagner 11/21
Steals - T-4th (6) Mike Powell, at Rhode Island 12/15; T-4th (6) Ian Francis, vs. Alcorn State 12/22
OPPONENT - TEAM
3FGA - T-4th (35, 10-35) Furman 12/30 MOODY COLISEUM - TEAM
3FG% - 1st (72.7%, 8-11) vs. Rider 11/21
ROAD MUSTANGS: SMU is 3-2 on the road this season. The Mustangs have won 3 road non-conference games for the first time since 2003-04. SMU last won a school-record tyring 4 road non-conference games was 1991-92. Dec. 1 is also the earliest SMU has had 3 road wins, beating the previous date of Dec. 9 in 2003-04.
SHARP-SHOOTERS: SMU is leading C-USA and ranks 13th in the NCAA in free throw percentage (.765). The Mustangs shot 95.2% (20-21) vs. Alcorn State on Dec. 22, the 6th-highest percentage in SMU history. All of SMU's starters are shooting at least 70.0% from the line (Ryan Manuel - 79.7%, Jalen Jones - 78.7%, Shawn Wiliams - 73.0%, Nick Russell - 72.9%, Cannen Cunningham 70.0%).
YOUTH & INEXPERIENCE: The Mustangs are one of the youngest and least experienced teams in the country this season, totaling just 11 collegiate seasons among those eligible to play this season.
Team Yrs. Players Avg.
Navy 14 18 0.78
UC Santa Barbara 14 18 0.78
Missouri State 9 11 0.82
Rice 8 9 0.89
Tulsa 12 13 0.92
Loyola, Ill. 16 16 1.00
Wright State 14 14 1.00
SMU 11 11 1.00 * 3 transfers sitting out this season
North Carolina 12 12 1.00
UCF 13 12 1.08
Georgia State 19 16 1.19
UTEP 17 14 1.21
Hoops for Hope All-Tournament (Nov. 19-25):
- Nick Russell (11.5 pts, 3.8 rebs, 4.5 asts; SMU went 3-1; GW shot in 62-61 win vs. Missouri St)
C-USA Player of the Week & NetScouts.com C-USA POTW (Dec. 3):
- Jalen Jones (Dec. 3 - 17.0 pts, 14.0 rebs, 2.0 blks, 1.5 asts, 1.0 stl in wins over Utah & Hofstra)
- National High-Major & C-USA POTW: Jalen Jones (Dec. 3 - 17.0 pts, 14.0 rebs, 2.0 blks, 1.5 asts, 1.0 stl)
Cable Car Classic All-Tournament Team (Dec. 21-22):
- Jalen Jones (16.5 pts, 11.5 rebs, 3.0 steals; SMU went 1-1)
2012-13 Opponent Stats Season Career
Jalen Jones Loyola Marymount 11/11 11 pts, 11 rebs 1st 1st
Ryan Manuel Rider 11/21 24 pts, 11 rebs 1st 1st
Shawn Williams vs. UALR 11/24 15 pts, 10 rebs 1st 1st
Jalen Jones vs. Utah 11/28 20 pts, 16 rebs 2nd 2nd
Jalen Jones at Hofstra 12/1 14 pts, 12 rebs 3rd 3rd
Shawn Williams at Hofstra 12/1 10 pts, 10 rebs 2nd 2nd
Jalen Jones vs. Wagner 12/21 14 pts, 14 rebs 4th 4th
Cannen Cunningham [RV/RV] Wyoming 1/2 14 pts, 11 rebs 1st 1st
10+points: Cunningham (13, 14, 12), Russell (17, 10), Jones (15)
5+ assists: Russell (5)
3+ steals: Russell (3), Cunningham (3)
2+ blocks: Jones (2)
Brian Bernardi (Fr.): Exploded for a career high 20 points in 23 minutes vs. Furman (12/30); first SMU freshman to score 20+ since Paul McCoy scored 29 at UAB (2/14/09); made 4 threes; 6-6 FTs... Averaging 3.4 points in 9.1 minutes for the season... Shooting 46.4% on 3FGs (13-28)... 8 points against Hofstra (12/1)...Hit a 3FG in 5 straight games (TCU 11/15 - UALR 11/24).
Cannen Cunningham (So.): Averaging 9.4 points, 6.4 rebounds (2nd SMU, 13th C-USA) and 1.4 blocks (1st SMU, 6th C-USA)... Recorded first career double-double against Wyoming (1/2) with 14 points and a career high 11 rebounds (including a career high 5 offensive rebs)... Great all-around night against Utah (11/28) with 8 points, 8 rebounds, 4 steals and 4 blocks (tied career high)... Posted a career high 20 points against Rider (11/21); made 8-10 FGs.
Jordan Dickerson (Fr.): Has totaled 13 rebounds, 5 points, 5 blocked shots and 1 assist in 12 games.
Kevin Dunleavy (So.): Has played in 4 games this season.
London Giles (Sr.): Averaging 3.1 points in 16.8 minutes per game...Season high 12 points against UALR (11/24), making 4-4 3FGs; played in a season high 24 minutes... RECORDS: 11th SMU history in 3FG% (37.2%, 61-164); shooting 34.4% (11-32) this season.
Crandall Head (Transfer): Transferred after sophomore season at Illinois...Played 26 games in 2 seasons.
Marcus Holyfield (Jr.): Has spent the last four years (2009-12) with the football team... Joined the basketball team in December after the 2012 Hawaii Bowl.
Jalen Jones (So.): Averages 14.6 points (1st SMU, 9th C-USA), 8.1 rebounds (1st SMU, 8th C-USA) and 1.0 blocked shots (10th C-USA)...Has four double-doubles on the season...Has 4 games with 20+ points... Is a 78.7% FT shooter (14th C-USA)... Has failed to score in double-digits only three times this season... HONORS: All-Cable Car Classic Team (12/21-12/22)... C-USA Player of the Week (12/3) after averaging 17 pts and 14 rebs in two wins over Utah and Hofstra...FIRST SINCE: Had consecutive double-doubles (Utah, at Hofstra), first Mustang to post back-to-back double-doubles since Papa Dia in 2010-11... Career high 4 steals vs. Alcorn State (12/22)... Posted 4th double-double of season with 14 pts and 14 rebs against Wagner (12/21); had 12 rebs in the 1st half, most since Papa Dia had 12 in 1st half at Northern Iowa (3/21/11); totaled 9 offensive rebs for the game... Scored 20 points with a career-high 16 rebounds against Utah (11/28); first Mustang with 15+ points and 15+ rebounds since Papa Dia (3/21/11 at Northern Iowa - 17 pts, 21 rebs) - had 8 offensive boards, first since Ike Ofoegbu (1/10/07) had 8 against Southern Miss... 20+: Had 20+ points in 3 straight games against TCU, Texas State and Malone, becoming the first Mustang to score 20+ in 3 straight since Papa Dia (1/8/11-1/15/11)....Scored a career-high 24 points at Texas State (11/17); tied a career high with 3 blocks...Scored 21 points against TCU (11/15), including a career-high 4 three-pointers; had 3 blocks.
Markus Kennedy (Transfer): Transferred after freshman season at Villanova...Averaged 3.0 points and 4.4 rebounds per contest in 31 games.
Ryan Manuel (So.): Averages 12.1 points (21st C-USA) and 2.5 assists (T-15th C-USA) in 34.5 minutes (8th C-USA)... Is 79.7% on FTs (1st SMU, 11th C-USA)... Has made 7+ FTs in 6 games this season... Made 8-8 FTs against Alcorn State (12/22), the best FT shooting night since Robert Nyakundi against SE Missouri State (12/29/10 - 10-10 FTs); also added a career high 6 assists... Blocked Missouri State's Marcus Marshall's 3-point attempt with 4 seconds left to clinch the 62-61 victory; now has 2 game-clinching blocks this season (also against TCU 11/15)... Posted first career double-double (career high 24 pts, career high 11 rebs) against Rider (11/21); made 11-12 FTs...Had 16 points at TCU (11/15)... Made 12-of-15 free throws against LMU (11/11) the most made free throws made by a Mustang since Derek Williams converted 14 attempts on Jan. 30, 2010 against Memphis.
Blaise Mbargorba (Fr.): Missed first 16 games with a shoulder injury.
Nic Moore (Transfer): Transferred after freshman season at Illinois State...At ISU, he played all 35 games with 29 starts...Averaged 10.0 points and 3.9 assists while posting a 1.71 assist-to-turnover ratio.
Uche Ofoegbu (Fr.): Has totaled 6 points, 17 rebounds 4 blocks and 2 assists in 6.7 minutes per game... 4 points in 12 minutes against Alcorn State (12/22).
Nick Russell (Jr.): Averages 13.9 points (2nd SMU, 14th C-USA), 4.3 assists (1st SMU, 7th C-USA), and 1.6 steals (10th C-USA) in 35.9 minutes (1st SMU, 2nd C-USA)... Career high 7 rebounds against Tulsa (1/6)... Had 4th 20+ point game of season with 20 pts against Wagner (12/21); played all 40 minutes for 1st time in career... Posted 20 points against Hofstra (12/1); added 7 assists, 5 rebounds and a career high 4 steals... Tied a career high with 8 assists against Utah (11/19)... Tied a career high with 25 points against Missouri State (9-15 FGs)...Career-high 25 points at Texas State (11/17); also grabbed 6 rebounds and 2 steals...GAME-WINNER: Hit the game-winner with 10 seconds left in the 62-61 win vs. Missouri State 11/24 in the Hoops for Hope 3rd-place game (had 25 points, 2 assists, 2 steals)... HONORS: Named to the Hoops for Hope All-Tournament Team (11.5 pts, 3.8 rebs, 4.5 asts) and had the game-winner vs. Missouri State (62-61) in the 3rd-place game.
Shawn Williams (Jr.): Averaging 7.3 points and 5.4 rebounds...Has two double-doubles this season... Played all 40 minutes against Alcorn State (12/22), scoring 12 points... Notched second career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebs (tied a career high) against Hofstra (12/1); 2-2 3FGs... First career double-double (15 pts, 10 rebs) against UALR (11/24); 15 points was a career high; 10 rebounds tied a career high; 6-6 FTs... Played all 40 minutes at TCU (11/15).
Garrett Wilson (Fr.): Has played in 5 games this season... Played a career high 4 minutes against Malone (11/19)... Made his first career appearance in college at the end of the first half against LMU (11/11).
FAMILIAR FOE: SMU has met seven opponents more than 100 times.
Rice 195 118-77 F9 at Rice, F27 at SMU
TCU 188 103-85 N15 at TCU (W, 64-61)
Texas A&M 177 90-87
Baylor 175 100-75
Texas 174 71-103
Arkansas 153 59-94
Texas Tech 104 47-57
Larry Brown IN OT (NCAA): 3-4
1/16/81 UCLA at Arizona St L, 78-74 (3ot) Pac 10 Game
1/4/86 Kansas at Memphis L, 83-80
3/21/86 Kansas vs. Michigan St W, 96-86 NCAA RSF (Kansas City)
12/29/86 Kansas vs. Ohio St L, 79-78 Rainbow Classic (Honolulu)
12/30/86 Kansas at Hawaii W, 81-80 Rainbow Classic (Honolulu)
2/4/87 Kansas at Kansas St W, 80-75 (2ot) Big 8 Game
2/28/87 Kansas at Nebraska L, 83-81 Big 8 Game
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SMU SIGNS 3 FOR 2013-14: SMU Head Coach Larry Brown announced that three student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent to play for the Mustangs beginning with the 2013-14 season, which will be SMU's first campaign in the BIG EAST. The class includes a top-flight junior college signee in Yanick Moreira and a pair of highly-touted Chicago-area student-athletes in Sterling Brown and Ben Moore. Brown is a four-star 6-4 guard from Proviso East High School, Moore is a three-star 6-8 forward from Bolingbrook High School, and Moreira is a 6-11 forward that is rated as high as No. 1 for junior college signees. The Mustangs will add six newcomers next season, including the three signees. SMU has three transfers sitting out this year in Nic Moore (5-9, 170, So. from Illinois State), Markus Kennedy (6-9, 260, So. from Villanova) and Crandall Head (6-4, 180, Jr. from Illinois).
SMU Men's Basketball Signees
Sterling Brown - G, 6-4, 190 - Chicago, Ill. (Proviso East)
Ben Moore - PF, 6-8, 185 - Bolingbrook, Ill. (Bolingbrook HS)
Yanick Moreira - C/PF, 6-11, 220 - Luanda, Angola (South Plains C.C.)
Moody Coliseum Renovation And Expansion - $47 MILLION PROJECT:
Two lead gifts - a $20 million gift from the Moody Foundation and a $10 million commitment from SMU trustee David B. Miller '72, '73 and his wife Carolyn Lacy Miller - will help provide an extensive expansion and renovation of Moody Coliseum. Through the years, Moody Coliseum, a campus and Dallas landmark, has served both the University and community. Home to men's and women's basketball, women's volleyball and the pageantry of SMU Commencement, the coliseum also has hosted commencement ceremonies for thousands of area high school students, cultural programming and political rallies. Speakers have included four U.S. presidents and numerous other national and international figures. Moody Coliseum is undergoing expansion and extensive renovation, providing many new and improved features that include new premium seating, renovation of the entry lobby and concourses and state-of-the-art upgrades. This project will revitalize Moody Coliseum as a preeminent collegiate sports arena and multi-purpose event facility, preserving its historical character while adding the most modern technological enhancements. Construction began in August 2012 with the expansion of the building's north façade followed by renovation of the interior space and infrastructure upgrades. The renovated Moody Coliseum is scheduled to reopen in December 2013.
- Renovated main entry lobby
- Expanded concourses with raised ceilings
- Club seats, loge boxes, private suites and group suites
- New event space, offices, team locker rooms and meeting space
- Relocated, expanded volleyball locker room suite
WORLD-CLASS FACILITY: The new Crum Basketball Center at SMU is a world-class training center. The 2011 NBA Champion Dallas Mavericks used the Crum Center for their 2008, 2009 and 2010 training camps. Several other NBA teams have used the facility when they are in town to play the Mavericks.
1. Chicago Bulls
2. Cleveland Cavaliers
3. Dallas Mavericks
4. Denver Nuggets
5. Detroit Pistons
6. Indiana Pacers
7. Golden State Warriors
8. New Orleans Hornets
9. Philadelphia 76ers
10. San Antonio Spurs
11. Utah Jazz
Nick Russell NAMED ALL-TOURNAMENT AT HOOPS FOR HOPE TOURNAMENT: PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico (SMU) - Junior guard Nick Russell received Hoops For Hope Classic All-Tournament honors on Sunday night, just hours after hitting the biggest shot during SMU's (6-1) first seven games. Russell hit the game-winning jumper with 10 seconds remaining in the Mustangs' 62-61 victory over Missouri State on Sunday night. The junior tied a career high with 25 points in the contest on 9-of-15 shooting in 38 minutes. For the tournament, Russell averaged 11.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 4.5 assists, and guided SMU to a 3-1 record over the four-game event.
Russell has been a key part of SMU's 6-1 start to the 2012-13 season, leading the team in scoring (16.0) and assists (3.9). SMU is off to its best start since opening the 2006-07 campaign at 10-1.
Hoops For Hope Classic All-Tournament Team
-Anthony Miles, Rider
-Nick Russell, SMU
-Anthnoy Downing, Missouri State
-Lakeem Jackson, South Carolina
-Will Neighbour, UALR
-LaShay Page, South Carolina
Jalen Jones NAMED ALL-TOURNAMENT AT CABLE CAR CLASSIC:
All-Cable Car Classic Team
1. Marc Trasolini*, Santa Clara (MVP)
2. Evan Roquemore, Santa Clara
3. Marquiz Baker, Alcorn State
4. Jalen Jones, SMU
5. Jonathon Williams, Wagner
Kevin O'Connor Most Inspirational Player - Evan Roquemore, Santa Clara
D.J. Frandsen "6th Man" Award - Brandon Clark, Santa Clara
COACH BROWN RETURNS TO NEW YORK: Head Coach Larry Brown had a "homecoming" as SMU won 73-47 at Hofstra on Dec. 1. Hofstra, located in Hempstead, N.Y., is just over 20 miles away from Brown's hometown of Brooklyn. Brown went to high school in Long Beach, N.Y., which is about 10 miles away from the site of Saturday's game. Brown also had NBA coaching stints with the New York Knicks (2005-06) and the nearby New Jersey Nets (1981-83).
RETURN TO NEW YORK: On Dec. 1, SMU won 73-47 at Hofstra in its first game in the state of New York for the first time since Dec. 9, 1950 (L, 64-55 at Canisius). SMU had last played in the New York metro area in 1994, when splitting two games in the Seton Hall/Meadowlands Tournament.
Games in the state of New York: (4-6)
at Long Island - 1937-38 - L, 40-29
at Buffalo - 1946-47 - W, 64-37
at NYU - 1946-47 - L, 76-63
at CCNY - 1948-49 - W, 62-56
at Niagara - 1948-49 - W, 67-57
at CCNY - 1949-90 - L, 67-53
at Niagara - 1949-50 - L, 55-47
at St. John's - 12/7/1950 - L, 76-72 (MSG)
at Canisius - 12/9/1950 - L, 64-55
at Hofstra - 12/1/2012 - W, 73-47
East Rutherford, N.J. (Seton Hall/Meadowlands Tournament): (1-1)
vs. Southern California - 12/28/1994 - L, 91-83
vs. Lehigh - 12/29/1994 - W, 88-84
MUSTANGS' INTERNATIONAL: The Mustangs played in the Hoops for Hope Tournament in Puerrto Vallarta, Mexico, on Nov. 24 and 25. The Mustangs had played in two previous international tournaments: The San Juan Shootout (San Juan, P.R.) during the 2000-01 season and the Suntory Ball Classic (Tokyo, Japan) in the 1986-87 campaign. SMU has also participated in two offseason international tours: Canada in 2003 and the Tour d' Africa in 2008.
SMU in international events during the season: (4-3)
Nov. 24-25 - Hoops For Hope Classic - Puerto Vallarta, Mexico - went 1-1
- N24 vs. UALR - L, 56-69
- N25 vs. Missouri State - W, 62-61
Dec. 20-22, 2000 - San Juan Shootout - San Juan, P.R., went 2-1
- D20 vs. Puerto Rico-Mayaguez - W, 101-72
- D21 vs. VCU - W, 94-88
- D22 vs. Nebraska - L, 70-72
Dec. 19-21, 1986 - Suntory Ball Classic - Tokyo, Japan, went 1-1
- D19 vs. Boston College - W, 62-49
- D21 vs. #16 Georgia Tech - L, 54-63
SMU in international tours during the offseason: (5-2 in exhibitions)
May 27-June 4, 2008 - Tour d' Africa - went 1-2
- M27 at Senegal National Team (Dakar, Senegal) - L, 54-62
- J2 vs. South African National Team (Johannesburg, S.A.) - L
- J4 vs. South African Club (Johannesburg, S.A.) - W, 107-87
Oct. 11-13, 2003 - SMU Preseason Canadian Tour - went 4-0
- O11 vs. EA Sports All-Stars - W, 81-69
- O11 vs. Simon Fraser - W, 79-77
- O12 vs. EA Sports All-Stars - W, 91-77
- O13 vs. University of British Columbia - W, 88-76