Wonder Boys tame Hounds

Freedom New Mexico

SAN ANTONIO — Arkansas Tech overcame a six-point deficit with a 21-2 run late in the first half Saturday and the Wonder Boys held on for a 69-61 victory over Eastern New Mexico University in the River City Classic, hosted by St. Mary’s University.

Four players scored in double figures for Arkansas Tech (8-2), led by senior forward Troy Marcus with 13 points. Senior guar Chad Henderson added 11 and junior guards Brandon Friedel and Renard Allen chipped in 10 apiece for the Wonder Boys, who are off to their best start since winning nine of their first 10 in 2005-06.

ENMU (2-8) plays again in the event at 9:30 a.m. (MST) today against Northwest Missouri State.

Junior guard Brandon Wilson scored a season-best 20 points for the Greyhounds (2-8), hitting 9-of-14 shots from the field, while junior forward Dannon Wafer went 8-for-10 from the floor and collected a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Henderson’s 3-pointer broke the ice 17 seconds in, but the Hounds opened a 15-9 lead with just over five minutes gone. Arkansas Tech then went on its pivotal run, taking a 30-17 advantage on two free throws by Marcus with 3:21 left in the half.

The Wonder Boys extended a 15-point halftime lead to 19 on four occasions early in the second half, but junior guard Aaron King’s 3-pointer capped a 13-2 surge that pulled ENMU to 55-47 with just under eight minutes left.

Friedel countered with a 3-pointer for the Wonder Boys, but two free throws by 6-foot-8 sophomore Tommy York kept the Hounds within 60-53 at the 5:23 mark. That was as close as they were able to get down the stretch.

Arkansas Tech shot 60 percent from the field (26-of-43) and hit 4-of-8 from 3-point range, allowing the Wonder Boys to overcome 25 turnovers.

ENMU also shot well (47 percent on 26-of-55), but made only 2-of-11 from 3-point range and was outrebounded for the game 29-22.

Allen collected seven of Arkansas Tech’s 16 assists in the game.

HOUNDS SUMMARY

Saturday
River City Classic
At San Antonio
Arkansas Tech 69, ENMU 61
Eastern New Mexico (2-8) — Matt Churchman 1-1 1-2 3, Brandon Wilson 9-14 2-3 20, Jimmie Marshall 2-9 0-1 4, Aaron King 3-7 2-2 9, Dannon Wafer 8-10 0-0 16, Justin Reynolds 1-5 0-0 3, Equs Darby 0-2 0-0 0, Jamaal Hadley 0-1 0-0 0, Bill Squire 0-0 0-0 0, Tommy York 2-6 2-2 6. Totals 26-55 7-10 61.
Arkansas Tech (8-2) — Troy Marcus 4-6 5-8 13, Thiago Cordeiro 2-4 0-0 4, Brandon Friedel 4-9 0-1 10, Renard Allen 3-3 4-4 10, Chad Henderson 5-10 0-0 11, Irvin Humphrey 2-3 2-2 6, Creighton Parker 0-0 0-0 0, Dexter Hendrix 1-1 0-0 3, Dusan Radivojevic 1-2 0-0 2, Laithe Massey 0-0 0-0 0, John Clark 3-3 2-2 8, Terrell Northington 1-2 0-1 2. Totals 26-43 13-18 69.
Halftime — Arkansas Tech 38, Eastern New Mexico 23. 3-pointers — Eastern New Mexico 2-11 (King 1-3, Reynolds 1-3, Marshall 0-2, Wilson 0-3), Arkansas Tech 4-8 (Friedel 2-4, Hendrix 1-1, Henderson 1-2, Radivojevic 0-1). Rebounds — Eastern New Mexico 22 (Wafer 10), Arkansas Tech 29 (Marcus 5). Assists — Eastern New Mexico 14 (Marshall 4), Arkansas Tech 16 (Allen 7). Total fouls — Eastern New Mexico 19, Arkansas Tech 14. Fouled out — Marshall. A — 100.