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Tolbert’s 20 points, 19 boards lead No. 18 SMU past Hampton

Quinton Chievous, Ben Moore, Jordan Tolbert, Jerry Foster

Hampton guard Quinton Chievous (3) battles SMU forwards Ben Moore (00), Jordan Tolbert (23) and guard Jerry Foster (10) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)


DALLAS (AP) Jordan Tolbert posted another big double-double, getting 20 points and 19 rebounds as No. 18 SMU remained unbeaten with a 105-72 romp over Hampton on Thursday night.

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.

SMU played its final game under the direction of associate head coach Tim Jankovich. Head coach Larry 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.

Hampton (4-4) was led by Quinton Chievous and Brian Darden with 18 points each. The Pirates trailed 58-53 with 15:20 left before SMU pulled away.