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The SMU Mustangs down Malone U to improve to season opening record to 4-0

Associated Press

DALLAS – Jalen Jones scored 20 points and SMU cruised to an 81-47 victory over Malone University Monday night in the Hoops for Hope Classic.

Shawn Williams and Ryan Manuel scored 13 points apiece as the Mustangs won their fourth straight game under new coach Larry Brown. Cannen Cunningham added 12 points and Nick Russell had a career-high eight assists for SMU, which led 45-27 at halftime.

Isiah Elliott was the only Malone player to score in double figures, with 18 points — making six 3-pointers. The Pioneers are in their first year in Division II and played this game as an exhibition.

TEAM NOTES

First meeting with Malone

SMU is 4-0 under Head Coach Larry Brown

First 4-0 start since 2000-01 season (started 4-0)

1st 30+ point win since 12/22/11 vs. Dallas Christian (W, 77-41)

INDIVIDUAL NOTES

Brian Bernardi (#22 – G – 6-2 – Fr.)

-          Career high 17 minutes

-          6 points

Cannen Cunningham (#15 – C – 6-9 – So.)

-          12 points, 2nd 10-plus point game of season, 4th of career

  • 4-4 FGs

-          5 rebounds

-          Hit first three-pointer of the season at the 16:47 mark of the 1st half to give SMU a 13-3 lead

-          Last game at Texas State:

  • Career-high 4 blocked shots (was 3 – McMurry 11/11/11)

Jordan Dickerson (#32 – C – 7-0 – Fr.)

-          Career highs in points (4), minutes (9) and rebounds (4)

Kevin Dunleavy, Jr. (#4 – G – 6-2 – So.)

-          Appeared in 1st game of season, playing in 3 minutes

Jalen Jones (#21 – G – 6-7 – So.)

-          20 points, has scored 10+ points in all 4 games this season, 17 times in his career

  • 5 straight games with 10+ points dating back to last season
  • 1st player with 3 straight 20+ games since Papa Dia (1/8-1/15/2011)
  • 8-14 FGs
  • 5 rebounds
  • 3 steals

-          Last game at Texas State:

  • Career-high 24points (was 21 – at TCU 11/15/12)
    • Set a new career high in points for 2nd straight game
    • 8-13 FGs, 8-10 FTs

Ryan Manuel (#1 – G – 6-4 – So.)

-          13 points (4-6 FGs, 5-5 FTs)

-          4 assists

-          5 rebounds

Nick Russell (#12 – G – 6-4 – Jr.)

-          Career high 8 assists

  • 2ndtime in career with 5+ assists
    • 1st time at SMU (other was 12/31/10 with Kansas State)

-          Narrowly missed double-double with 9 points

-          Opened SMU’s scoring with a three-pointer as the shot clock expired.

-          Last game at Texas State:

  • Career-high 25  points (was 19 – 2 times – last: Loyola Marymount 11/11/12)

Shawn Williams (#2 – F – 6-7 – Jr.)

-          Career high 13 points (previous was 12 vs. Loyola Marymount 11/11)

  • 2nd 10+ point game of season and 6th of career

-          3 steals

Garrett Wilson (#25 – G – 6-0 – Fr.)

-          Appeared in a career high 4 minutes

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