SMU (10-4) Hosts [RV/RV] Wyoming (12-0) On Wed. At 7pm; SMU is 5-0 At Moody Coliseum #PonyUp
Dec. 31, 2012
[RV/RV] WYOMING Cowboys (12-0) at SMU Mustangs (10-4)
SMU (10-4) hosts Wyoming (12-0) in the Mustangs' final non-conference game on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The Mustangs are 5-0 at home the season after a 72-53 win against Furman on Sunday. Wyoming is receiving votes in the Associated Press and Coaches polls, and is 3-0 on the road.
UP NEXT: SMU opens Conference USA play by hosting Tulsa in an FSN-televised game on Jan. 6 at 7 p.m. That game pits Larry Brown (SMU) and Danny Manning (Tulsa) as opposing 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 will be just the second matchup as head coaches for a tandem that was head coach and MOP for an NCAA title team.
THE SERIES VS. WYOMING (2-3): Wednesday's meeting marks the sixth between the schools, with the Cowboys owning a 3-2 series edge. THe home team has won all five meetings. Wyoming took the most recent matchup, a 75-69 win in Laramie, Wyo. SMU is 2-0 all-time in Dallas against Wyoming. The schools met twice in 1998-99 as members of the Western Athletic Conference, splitting the season series.
LAST MEETING VS. WYOMING (Dec. 22, 2005 - L, 69-75): LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - Justin Williams' 15 points, 15 rebounds and seven blocked shots helped lift Wyoming to a 75-69 win over SMU. The Mustangs went on a 10-2 run that pulled them within 73-69 with 16 seconds left, but Wyoming held on with strong free-throw shooting down the stretch. The Cowboys shot better than 76 percent from the line, making 13 of their last 16 attempts. SMU made only six of 16 free-throw attempts in the game, for 37.5 percent. Chris Anderson's 3-point play with 16:02 left gave the Cowboys their first double-digit lead of the game, putting them up 45-35. Bryan Hopkins scored seven straight points as the Mustangs answered with a 14-6 run that pulled them within 51-49 with 10:32 to go, but that was the closest they would get. Brandon Ewing led all Wyoming scorers in the game with 19 points, including nine of 10 from the free-throw line. Steve Leven scored 14, and Brad Jones added 12 for the Cowboys. Hopkins led SMU with 19 points. Derrick Roberts added 12, and Devon Pearson had 10 points and 10 rebounds.
LAST GAME (W, 72-53 - Furman on Dec. 30): DALLAS (AP) -- Brian Bernardi scored 20 points, leading four players in double figures, to help SMU beat Furman 72-53 Sunday. Bernardi, who came off the bench, was 4 of 7 from 3-point range. The freshman's previous career high was eight points on Dec. 1. Jalen Jones had 14 points, and Cannen Cunningham had 13 points and nine rebounds for the Mustangs (10-4). Shawn Williams had 10 points, and Nick Russell had seven assists. The Mustangs led 38-23 at halftime and never trailed in the game. SMU was 20 of 46 (43.5 percent) from the field for the game, while Furman was 16 of 57 (28.6 percent). Bryant Irwin led the Paladins (3-9) with 15 points. Colin Reddick had 12 points and seven rebounds. This was the first meeting between the teams. SMU is 5-0 at home this season. It's the best home start for the Mustangs since starting 5-0 at home in 2006-07.
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 1663-1196 when combining his head coaching marks from the NBA, the ABA, the NCAA and USA Basketball. His collegiate record is 187-65 (10-4 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 100-11 (.901) at home. He is 5-0 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 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) will matchup 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 will be 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, 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 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.
5-0: SMU is 5-0 at home for the first time since starting 5-0 in Moody Coliseum in 2006-07. The last home start better than 5-0 was a 10-0 home mark to start 2000-01.
10-4: 10-4 is SMU's best begining since going 11-3 to begin 2006-07 (eventually 11-7). 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.
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 6 of 14 games (5-1).
BLOCKED SHOTS: SMU is averaging 3.9 blocked shots (6th C-USA). SMU had a season-high 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 leads SMU with 18 and has already matched his total from last season.
FAR AWAY, BUT VERY CLOSE: SMU has played 8 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.
FREE THROWS: SMU is leading C-USA and ranks 19th in the NCAA in free throw percentage (.758). The Mustangs shot 95.2% (20-21) vs. Alcorn State on Dec. 22, the 6th-highest percentage in SMU history.
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).
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.
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.
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 3.9 points in 9.9 minutes for the season... 8 points against Hofstra (12/1)...Hit a 3FG in 5 straight games (TCU 11/15 - UALR 11/24).
Cannen Cunningham (So.): Averaging 8.9 points, 6.0 rebounds (2nd SMU, 18th C-USA) and 1.4 blocks (1st SMU, 5th C-USA)... Grabbed a career high 10 rebounds against Alcorn State (12/22)... 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 and 4 blocked shots in 10 games.
Kevin Dunleavy (So.): Played in 2 games (Rider 11/21 and Malone 11/19).
London Giles (Sr.): Averaging 3.5 points in 17.0 minutes per game...Season high 12 points against UALR (11/24), making 4-4 3FGs; played in a season high 24 minutes... RECORDS: 8th SMU history in 3FG% (38.4%, 61-159); shooting 40.7% (11-27) this season.
Crandall Head (Transfer): Transferred after sophomore season at Illinois...Played 26 games in 2 seasons.
Marcus Holyfield (Jr.): On a football scholarship...joined the basketball team after the 2012 Hawaii Bowl (SMU won 43-10 vs. Fresno State).
Jalen Jones (So.): Averages 15.1 points (1st SMU, 8th C-USA), 8.6 rebounds (1st SMU, 7th C-USA) and 1.0 blocked shots (T-10th C-USA)...Has four double-doubles on the season...Has 4 games with 20+ points... Is a 76.6% FT shooter (14th C-USA)... 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 12.2 points (24th C-USA) and 2.8 assists (13th C-USA) in 34.4 minutes (8th C-USA)...Is 79.0% on FTs (1st SMU, 12th C-USA)... 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 14 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, 15 rebounds 4 blocks and 2 assists in 83 minutes this season... 4 points in 12 minutes against Alcorn State (12/22).
Nick Russell (Jr.): Averages 14.0 points (2nd SMU, 14th C-USA), 4.4 assists (1st SMU, 6th C-USA), and 1.5 steals (T-10th C-USA) in 35.6 minutes (1st SMU, 3rd C-USA)...Has a 1.1 assist-to-turnover ratio (11th C-USA)...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 8.0 points and 5.5 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.
Larry Brown IN OT (NCAA): 3-4
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).
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.
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.
Jalen Jones NAMED ALL-TOURNAMENT AT CABLE CAR CLASSIC:
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.
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.