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SMU Basketball Coach Larry Brown Joins New School

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Head coach Larry Brown of the SMU Mustangs celebrates with fans after defeating the Cincinnati Bearcats on February 8, 2014 at Moody Coliseum in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images)

Head coach Larry Brown of the SMU Mustangs celebrates with fans after defeating the Cincinnati Bearcats on February 8, 2014 at Moody Coliseum in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images)

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DALLAS (105.3 THE FAN) – SMU basketball and Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown began his college playing career in 1960, and has been around the game ever since.

But never before had he experienced what occurred on Saturday night, when then unranked SMU defeated No. 7 Cincinatti 76-55 at Moody Coliseum in Dallas.

After the final horn, SMU students rushed the court, leaving Brown on the winning side of a ‘storming the court’ situation for the first time in his life.

“When you’re at North Carolina and Kansas and UCLA…people rush the court when they beat you. You’re kind of expected to win,” said Brown on 105.3 The Fan’s New School.

“It was great to see the excitement in our building and all the students involved. It’s been a long time for all of our players and fans to have excitement. The way they’ve embraced our team has been really special for me and everybody connected with out program.”

After Saturday’s win, SMU (19-5, 8-3 American) entered the AP Top-25 for the first time since 1985, rising to No. 23. The team has recorded three wins against teams ranked in the top-25.

Attendance is also up, as the school has sold out four of seven games since the renovated Moody Coliseum was opened on Jan. 4.

“We’re all pretty pumped up,” said Brown, “but we still got a lot of work to do.”

That work resumes on Thursday with a road game against American Athletic opponent Rutgers.

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