Mustangs (3-0) Host Malone (2-0) Monday At 8pm In Hoops For Hope Classic
Nov. 18, 2012
HOOPS FOR HOPE CLASSIC
SMU begins the four-game Hoops For Hope Classic by hosting Malone on Monday at 8 p.m. The Mustangs enter the event 3-0 on the season after a 78-75 win at Texas State on Saturday. SMU is 1-0 at home, defeating Loyola Marymount 73-58 in the season-opener on Nov. 11. SMU's 3-0 start is the best since a 4-0 start in 2000-01.
LAST GAME (W 78-75 at Texas State on Nov. 17): SAN MARCOS, Texas (AP) -- Nick Russell scored a career-high 25 points and Jalen Jones also added a career-high 24 points as SMU held on for a 78-75 victory over Texas State on Saturday. SMU (3-0) maintained its focus at the free-throw line, converting 24 of 28 attempts. Jones also contributed eight rebounds. Teammate Ryan Manuel scored 14 points and pulled down seven rebounds. Texas State (2-1) was led by Joel Wright, who scored 28 points. Wesley Davis scored 14 points and came up with four steals. SMU held a 14-10 advantage in second-chance points and a 10-8 edge in fast-break points.
UP NEXT: SMU plays the second game of the four-game Hoops For Hope Classic. SMU hosts Rider on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. before heading to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, for a contest against Arkansas-Little Rock (Nov. 24, 8:30pm) and then the final game against either South Carolina or Missouri State (Nov. 25, 6 or 8:30pm).
THE SERIES VS. MALONE: First meeting.
LAST MEETING VS. MALONE: N/A
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 1656-1192 when combining his head coaching marks from the NBA, the ABA, the NCAA and USA Basketball. His collegiate record is 180-61 (3-0 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.
Larry Brown AT HOME (NCAA): His teams are 96-11 (.897) at home. He is 1-0 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 is 45-33 (.577) in NCAA road games. He is 2-0 with SMU after a 64-61 win at TCU on 11/15 and 78-75 win at Texas State 11/17.
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, a standard of excellence in college athletics today. SMU, Houston and the UCF accepted full membership into the BIG EAST while Boise State and San Diego State will compete as members in the sport of football. The BIG EAST Conference Board of Directors, by a unanimous vote of its Presidents, extended the invitations for membership. SMU, Houston and UCF will begin competing in all BIG EAST-sponsored sports in the 2013-14 academic year, while Boise State and San Diego State will start competing in football in the 2013 season. Memphis also accepted an invitation to join the BIG EAST in all sports on Feb. 7.
COVERING PRACTICE: The SMU men's basketball team practices at 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday (excluding game days). 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.
BLOCK THAT SHOT: SMU had 11 blocked shots against Texas State (11/17), the 5th most in school history and most since the Mustangs had 12 against UT-Tyler 11/19/04. Cannen Cunningham (4 - career high), Jalen Jones (3 - ties career high), Shawn Williams (2), Ryan Manuel (1) and Uche Ofoegbu (1) all recorded blocks.
OPENING 3-0: The Mustangs are 3-0 for the first time since starting 4-0 in 2000-01. The last start of better than 4-0 was a 10-0 genesis in the 1997-98 season.
TRANSFERS: SMU has 3 transfers sitting out this season Player From Years Remaining Crandall Head Illinois 2 Markus Kennedy Villanova 3 Nic Moore Illinois State 3
DOUBLE-DOUBLES: 2012-13 Opponent Season Career Jalen Jones Loyola Marymount 11/11 1st 1st
Brian Bernardi (Fr.): Scored 6 points in 7 minutes at Texas State (11/17); 2-3 3PTs... Hit his first career three-pointer against TCU (11/15).
Cannen Cunningham (So.): Had a career-high 4 blocks against Texas State (11/17)... Notched his fourth career 10-plus point game against LMU (10 points on 4-of-4 shooting).
Jordan Dickerson (Fr.): Played his first college minutes against LMU (11/11), grabbing three rebounds.
Kevin Dunleavy (So.): Played in 3 games last season.
London Giles (Sr.): Tallied seven points in 19 minutes against LMU (11/11).
Crandall Head (Transfer): Transferred after sophomore season at Illinois...Played in 26 games over 2 seasons at Illinois.
Jalen Jones (So.): Scored a career-high 24 points against Texas State (11/17); First SMU player since Robert Nyakundi between Jan. 19-23, 2011 to score 20+ points in consecutive games; grabbed 8 boards, and has snagged 8+ rebounds in all three games this season; tied a career high with 3 blocks; Scored 21 points against TCU (11/15), including a career-high 4 three-pointers; had 3 blocks... Posted first career double-double against LMU (11 points, 11 rebounds); the 11 boards were a career high.
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.): Posted 14 points against Texas State (11/17), including going 6-6 on FTs; had 7 rebounds... Scored a career high 16 points against TCU (11/15); made 8-of-11 FTs; had a career-high 5 assists... Made 12-of-15 free throws against LMU (11/11) the most made free throws by a Mustang since Derek Williams converted 14 attempts on Jan. 30, 2010 against Memphis.
Blaise Mbargorba (Fr.): Missed first three 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.): Played a career-high 14 minutes against Texas State (11/17), scoring 2 points and grabbing 1 board... Snagged 4 rebounds in 10 minutes against TCU (11/15)... Appeared in his first minutes in college against LMU, grabbing one rebound.
Nick Russell (Jr.): Scored a career-high 25 points against Texas State (11/17); also grabbed 6 rebounds and 2 steals... Had 12 points and 4 assists against TCU (11/15)... Scored 19 points in his first game as a Mustang against LMU (11/11); also snagged five rebounds while posting three assists and two steals... Sat out last season after transferring from Kansas State.
Shawn Williams (Jr.): Appeared in all 40 minutes against TCU (11/15), a career-high; he tallied 7 points and 6 rebounds in the contest; was 5-of-6 from the FT line, marking a career-high in FTs made and attempted... Scored 12 points and seven rebounds against LMU, marking the sixth time in his career he's scored in double-digits; connected on 3-of-4 shots from three-point land, tying a personal best.
Garrett Wilson (Fr.): Made his first career appearance in college at the end of the first half against LMU (11/11)
FAMILIAR FOE: The Mustangs have 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
SMU IS SOCIAL:
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.
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.