By Dave Wagner
For the first time this season, the Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball team has put together back-to-back strong outings.
Now, coach Shawn Scanlan is anxious to see if the Greyhounds can continue playing well on the road.
ENMU (6-9), coming off convincing home wins last weekend over East Central (98-51) and Southeastern Oklahoma (83-65), begins Lone Star Conference South Division play with games tonight at Angelo State and on Saturday at Abilene Christian.
Eastern’s women, who also won twice last weekend to improve to 8-7, face the same two foes in the first half of the twin bills.
Scanlan said last weekend’s game were certainly encouraging.
“We’ve got to make the most of this thing,” he said. “We haven’t proven we can win on the road yet. If we can do the same things we did last weekend, we can win anywhere.”
Angelo State (8-9, 0-2 South) had lost six in a row before beating Southwestern Oklahoma on Saturday. Abilene Christian (7-11, 2-1) already has a home-and-home sweep of the Rams in division play, but on Tuesday lost at home to West Texas A&M.
Scanlan said the Hounds expect to have their hands full.
“Angelo State is an extremely talented team at every position,” he said. “It’ll be a fast-paced type of team.
“With Abilene Christian, you’ve got a new coach (Jason Copeland) and a new system. They’re basically a 3-point shooting team right now.”
ENMU women’s coach Dan Buzard hopes his squad has also righted its ship after breaking out of a six-game losing streak. Abilene Christian (6-10, 0-3) was picked first and Angelo State (11-4, 2-0) second in the South’s preseason poll, but both have been inconsistent.
“They’re both good teams, especially at their places,” Buzard said.
Angelo State was rolling along until losing at home last week to Cameron and Southwestern Oklahoma. Meantime, Abilene Christian has the South’s preseason player of the year in senior center Jamie Boles-Lord, but is already in trouble in the division after losing to West Texas A&M 66-61 in overtime on Tuesday.
“They’re a good shooting basketball team,” Buzard said of the Wildcats. “I think they may give up quite a few points, but you’ll have to score a lot of points to beat them.”
The Zias feel a little better about things coming off last weekend’s victories, he said.
“We’ve got a couple of things to work on, but I think our kids have a new perspective,” Buzard said. “They’re both going to be a test for us, but I think if we play well we’ll give ourselves a chance.”