Freedom New Mexico
After absorbing its first loss of the season two nights earlier at
West Texas A&M, third-ranked Central Oklahoma was in no mood to
fool around on Saturday.
The Bronchos hit three consecutive 3-pointers — two by guard Chance
Hardaker — and opened an 11-0 lead over Eastern New Mexico University
en route to a 78-59 Lone Star Conference men’s crossover win at
Central Oklahoma (8-1) held the Greyhounds to 19 shots while forcing
12 turnovers en route to a 39-17 halftime lead. The margin stayed above
20 all the way through the second half until the final 3 1/2 minutes,
when the Hounds (2-5) were able to get it to 19 on three occasions.
The Bronchos had a fairly quiet game from long range after their
quick start, finishing 6-for-19. With the big lead, they were able to
play their bench for significant stretches and had only one player with
more than 23 minutes for the game.
Only reserves Michael Sonsanya with 12 points and DeAngelo Garrett
with 10 reached double figures for UCO, but six other players scored
between seven and nine points. The Bronchos also dominated the
backboards by a 43-31 margin.
For ENMU, junior forward Equs Darby finished with 13 points, while
junior guards Jimmy Marshall and Aaron King added 12 and 11,
respectively. The Hounds shot just under 40 percent for the game,
including 3-for-16 from 3-point range.
Junior forward Dannon Wafer grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds for ENMU.