COMMERCE, Texas — Junior Kevin Widemond scored a career-high 27 points Saturday, lifting Texas A&M-Commerce past Eastern New Mexico University 77-68 in a Lone Star Conference men’s crossover game.
Widemond, a 6-foot guard from Newark, N.J., hit 7-of-10 from 3-point range.
Seniors Lamar Searight and Archie Beason both added 18 points for the Lions (6-4). Searight, a 6-1 guard from Pontiac, Mich., added a team-leading seven assists while Beason, a 6-4 forward, went 7-for-10 from the floor as Commerce snapped a two-game losing streak.
Senior guard Tristan Largent scored 24 points on 8-of-16 shooting for the Greyhounds (4-5), while senior forward Mikal Monette added 13 points.
“We never got the game on our terms,” ENMU coach Shawn Scanlan said. “We got into a shootout with them, and we’re not a very good ‘shootout’ team.”
The lead seesawed through much of the first half. ENMU led 13-9 on Stephen Wilson’s 3-pointer just over five minutes into the contest.
After Commerce scored the next 10 points, the Hounds regained a 23-22 advantage on Largent’s 3-pointer with 4:48 left.
Commerce held ENMU to one field goal in a 14-4 run the rest of the half to open 36-27 lead.
Widemond erupted for 17 points, including 4-of-5 from 3-point range, in the second half.
“That’s the strength of his game,” said Scanlan, adding that the Hounds had recruited Widemond at one time. “He’s a very good offensive player.
“We just never got up into him (on defense). We gave him a lot of open looks.”
Back-to-back 3-pointers by Searight and Widemond built the Commerce lead to 54-38 with 14:47 left. The Hounds continued to chip away, getting within seven on a layup by Monette with 7:28 to go.
Two free throws by Largent made it 70-64 with 2:58 left, but Widemond’s final 3-pointer 14 seconds later helped keep the momentum in Commerce’s favor.
Widemond and Martel Jones each hit two free throws in the final two minutes to extend the Lions’ lead to 11.
It was the second time this season that Widemond has converted seven 3-pointers in a game. The rest of the Lions were a combined 0-for-7 from long range.
Both teams shot 25-of-51 from the floor and ENMU held a 31-25 edge in rebounds, but Commerce went 20-of-23 from the free throw line to 10-of-12 for the Hounds.