SMU cruises past short-handed Hofstra 73-47 to improve to 8-1

Nick Russell had 20 points, five rebounds and seven assists Saturday to lead SMU to a 73-47 victory over Hofstra, which was playing its first game since four players were arrested for on-campus burglaries.

Jalen Jones had 14 points and 12 rebounds for SMU, while Cannen Cunningham had 10 points and nine rebounds and Shawn Williams had 10 points and 10 rebounds. The Mustangs finished with a 49-37 advantage on the boards.

Stevie Mejia had 11 points for Hofstra, which was missing two starters and two top reserves after the four players were suspended from all university activities while the case is pending.

The Mustangs (8-1) scored the first 10 points of the game and led by as many as 19 points on two occasions.