SMU improves to 9-0 and Larry Brown's exile comes to end
• NO. 18 SMU 105, HAMPTON 72: Another monster game from Jordan Tolbert and a second-half shooting surge allowed SMU associate head coach Tim Jankovich to hand an undefeated team back over to head coach Larry Brown.
Tolbert posted a big double-double, getting 20 points and 19 rebounds as No. 18 SMU romped over Hampton on Thursday night in Dallas.
A night after having 18 points and 23 boards in a rout over Nicholls State, Tolbert helped the Mustangs (9-0) to their highest-scoring game since November 2010. SMU is off to its best start since going 10-0 to open the 1997-98 season.
Brown served a nine-game suspension after the NCAA ruled in September that a former men's basketball administrative assistant completed online course work for a student to help him be admitted to school. The Mustangs also are banned from postseason play this season, including the American Athletic Conference tournament.
Brown's "sentence" — as Jankovich called it — ended with the game's final horn. Brown addressed the team in the locker room after being banned from any contact with the program for 33 days.
Jankovich said he didn't feel pressure to deliver a perfect record for a team that can't play in the postseason but said, "I'm going to get a lot more sleep next week."
The Pirates trailed 58-53 with 15:20 left before SMU pulled away. The Mustangs shot 67.6 percent in the second half, hitting seven of 10 three-pointers. They outrebounded Hampton (4-4) 22-9 in the second half and 49-23 overall.
Tolbert, who is playing his senior season for SMU after previously playing for Texas Tech, had already recorded his fourth double-double of the season by halftime.
• NO. 4 BAYLOR 97, ORAL ROBERTS 39: The Lady Bears (11-0) wrapped up a five-game homestand over 17 days in which they won each by an average margin of 53 points. Niya Johnson had 18 assists for Baylor just four days after setting a Big 12 record with 19 in a victory over McNeese State.