SMU (7-1) at Hofstra (3-4) On Saturday At 4pm ET/3pm CT #PonyUp
Nov. 29, 2012
SMU Mustangs (7-1) at HOFSTRA Pride (3-4)
SMU (7-1) visits Hofstra (3-4) on Long Island in Hempstead, N. Y., on Saturday afternoon. It is SMU's first game in New York since 1950. It is also a trip home for Head Coach Larry Brown, who grew up in Brooklyn, which is about 20 miles away from Hempstead. The Mustangs enter the game 7-1 after a 62-55 win against Utah on Wednesday. It is the best start for SMU since going 9-1 to open the 2006-07 season.
RETURN TO NEW YORK: SMU is playing in the state of New York for the first time since Dec. 9, 1950; a 64-55 loss at Canisius. The last win in the Empire State was 67-57 at Niagara in the 1948-49 season. SMU last played in the New York metro area in 1994, when splitting two games in the Seton Hall/Meadowlands Tournament.
LAST GAME (W 62-55 vs. Utah on Nov. 28): DALLAS (AP) -- Jalen Jones scored 20 points, grabbed 16 rebounds and SMU beat Utah 62-55 to improve the Mustangs to 7-1 under new coach Larry Brown for their best start in six years. SMU took the lead for good by scoring the last 11 points before halftime. The Mustangs made their first six 3-pointers of the game. Utah (4-2) appeared to have a tying 3-pointer midway through the second half, but during a timeout after that shot, officials ruled that Jarred DuBois' foot was on the line, making it two points instead. The Mustangs are 4-0 at Moody Coliseum under Brown, the Hall of Fame coach who in the college ranks at Kansas, UCLA and now SMU, is 99-11 in home games.
UP NEXT: SMU has 14 days off for final exams before continuing the five-game road trek at Rhode Island on Dec. 15. The road stretch continues at Utah on Dec. 18 before two games at Santa Clara in the Cable Car Classic on Dec. 21 and 22. The next home game is Dec. 30 against Furman.
THE SERIES VS. HOFSTRA (0-0): First meeting.
LAST MEETING VS. HOFSTRA: 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 1660-1193 when combining his head coaching marks from the NBA, the ABA, the NCAA and USA Basketball. His collegiate record is 184-62 (7-1 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.
COACH BROWN RETURNS TO NEW YORK: Head Coach Larry Brown will return home to New York as SMU visits Hofstra on Saturday. 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).
Larry Brown AT HOME (NCAA): His teams are 99-11 (.900) at home. He is 4-0 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 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.
Larry Brown IN NEUTRAL SITE GAMES (NCAA): His teams are 40-18 (.690) in neutral site games. He is 1-1 (.500) in neutral site games with SMU.
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 Boise State and San Diego State will compete as football-only members. 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 Boise State and 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 begining in 2014-15.
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.
7-1: SMU's 7-1 start is the best since opening 9-1 in 2006-07. The Mustangs 5-0 start was the best since a 10-0 to the 1997-98 season.
20/20/20/20 VISION: SMU has had four players score 20+ points this season. - Jalen Jones: 21 at TCU 11/15, 24 at Texas St 11/17; 20 vs. Malone 11/19, 20 vs. Utah 11/28 - Nick Russell: 25 vs. Missouri St 11/25; 25 at Texas State 11/17 - Cannen Cunningham: 20 vs. Rider 11/21 - Ryan Manuel: 24 vs. Rider 11/21
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).
BALANCED SCORING: SMU has had 4 players score in double-digits in 4 of 8 games this season.
BLOCK THAT SHOT: SMU is averging 4.5 blocked shots (4th C-USA) and had 11 blocked shots at 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.
FAR AWAY, BUT VERY CLOSE: SMU has played four games away from home (two road, two neutral site), 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
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
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
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 15 pts, 10 rebs 1st 1st Jalen Jones vs. Utah 20 pts, 16 rebs 2nd 2nd
Brian Bernardi (Fr.): Played a career high 21 minutes against Missouri State (11/25)... Has scored 6 points on two occasions (Malone - 11/19 and Texas State - 11/17)... Hit a 3FG in 5 straight games (TCU 11/15 - UALR 11/24)
Cannen Cunningham (So.): Averaging 9.4 pts... Ranks 5th in the C-USA in blocks (1.8) and 4th in FG% (.600)... Had a great all-around night against Utah (11/28) with 8 points, 8 rebounds (season high), 4 steals and 4 blocks (tied career high)... Posted a career high 20 points against Rider (11/21); made 8-10 FGs and added 2 blocks.
Jordan Dickerson (Fr.): Career highs in points (4) rebounds (4) and minutes (9) against Malone (11/19)... Played his first college minutes against LMU (11/11), grabbing three rebounds.
Kevin Dunleavy (So.): Played in 2 games (Rider 11/21 and Malone 11/19).
London Giles (Sr.): Currently 7th in 3FG% in SMU history (39.0%, 57-146)... Shooting .500 (7-14) on 3FGs this season... Season high 12 points against UALR (11/24), making 4-4 3FGs; played in a season high 24 minutes.
Crandall Head (Transfer): Transferred after sophomore season at Illinois...Played 26 games in 2 seasons.
Jalen Jones (So.): Ranks T-6th in the C-USA in points (16.0), 9th in rebounds (7.9) and 10th in blocks (1.0)... Has scored in double-digits in 7 of 8 games this season, and 20+ in 4 games... Notched his second double-double with 20 points and 16 rebounds against Utah (11/28); Became the first Mustang to have 15+ points and 15+ rebounds since Papa Dia (3/21/11 vs. Northern Iowa - 17 pts ,21 rebs); the 16 rebounds were a career high; had 8 offensive boards, first time since Ike Ofoegbu (1/10/07) had 8 against Southern Miss... 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 20 points on 8-14 FGs with a career high 3 steals against Malone (11/19)...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... Posted first career double-double against LMU (11/11 -- 11 pts, 11 rebs).
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.): Ranks 18th in the C-USA in scoring (13.6), 15th in assists (2.8), 7th in minutes (34.8) and 15th in FT% (.794)... Had 14 points against Utah (11/28); 6-6 FTs... 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 Scored 16 points against TCU (11/15); had a career-high 5 assists... 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 eight 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.): Had 2 points, a rebound and a block in 14 minutes at Texas State (11/17)... Snagged 4 rebounds in 10 minutes against TCU (11/15)... Appeared in his first college minutes against LMU (11/11).
Nick Russell (Jr.): Ranks 13th in the C-USA in scoring (14.5), 5th in assists (4.4) and 3rd in minutes (36.8)... Tied a career high with 8 assists against Utah (11/19)... Tied a career high with 25 points against Missouri State (9-15 FGs)... Scored 12 points against Rider (11/21); 4-4 3FGs; added 5 assists... Career-highs of 8 assists and 6 rebounds against Malone (11/19)...Career-high 25 points at Texas State (11/17); also grabbed 6 rebounds and 2 steals... Scored 19 points with 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals in SMU debut against LMU (11/11)...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 8.9 points... Ranks 15th in the C-USA in offensive rebounding (2.3)... Had 10 points against Utah (11/28), his 3rd double digit scoring game of the season... Posted his first career double-double (15 pts, 10 rebs) against UALR (11/24); 15 points was a career high; 10 rebounds tied a career high; added 3 assists; 6-6 FTs... Tallied 13 points against Malone (11/19); also snagged 3 steals... Appeared in all 40 minutes against TCU (11/15), 5-6 FTs, Scored 12 points and added seven rebounds against LMU; 3-4 3FGs.
Garrett Wilson (Fr.): 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: 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
Larry Brown IN OT (NCAA): 3-4
1/16/81 UCLA at Arizona State L 74-78 (3ot) Pac 10 Conference Game 1/4/86 Kansas at Memphis L 80-83 3/21/86 Kansas vs. Michigan State W 96-86 NCAA Regional SF (Kansas City, Mo.) 12/29/86 Kansas vs. Ohio State L 78-79 Rainbow Classic (Honolulu, Hawaii) 12/30/86 Kansas at Hawaii W 81-80 Rainbow Classic (Honolulu, Hawaii) 2/4/87 Kansas at Kansas State W 80-75 (2ot) Big 8 Conference Game 2/28/87 Kansas at Nebraska L 81-83 Big 8 Conference Game
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 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
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.
Features: - 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 Outstanding Player: -LaShay Page, South Carolina