By Karl Terry, Freedom New Mexico
The Eastern New Mexico University Greyhounds went all in Saturday night against Angelo State but couldn’t cash in on their first Lone Star Conference win, falling 75-66.
The Hounds (0-5, 4-16) for the second time this week stayed competitive with a visiting LSC team but couldn’t turn the corner when they needed it most.
ENMU coach Shawn Scanlan said he saw flashes of improvement over Wednesday’s loss to Texas A&M Kingsville including overall intensity but he’s still looking for key players to step up further and bring the team together better.
“We were right there on the verge of tying the game up and taking the lead (so many times),” Scanlan said. “I thought we got some real effort from some of the guys. On the other hand we still got an ‘L.’”
The Hounds contained hot shooting Ram senior guard Lionel Brown for stretches during the contest but in the end he got into ENMU for 20 points, two more than his season average of 18.
Twice during the first half the Hounds gained a brief lead over the Rams but Brown pulled Angelo ahead by seven late in the half with a trey from top of the key.
Eastern ran into foul trouble with junior Equs Darby down the stretch in the second half and turnovers caused the Hounds to fall behind by as much as 14 points. Scanlan gambled and sent Darby back onto the court with four fouls and seven minutes left and his team immediately cashed in as Darby drove the lane and brought the deficit to 62-54. He sparked ENMU again briefly with a basket at the 3:40 mark but the effort didn’t bear further fruit.
“We went real hard,” Darby said. “The effort was there, we just had some lapses here and there. We’ll get a game together. As a team we’re starting to figure each other out.”
Eastern was led by juniors Darby with 16 points and Justin Reynolds with 15. Hound junior Dannon Wafer stepped up as well with a double-
double including 13 points and 12 rebounds.
Angelo State (4-1, 16-4) also received 16 points from senior Ryan Bennett and 13 from junior Johnny Barnes.
Scanlan said while his team, which has been affected by a flu bug, was still not 100 percent healthy Saturday things were closer to normal than they were on Wednesday with juniors Jimmie Marshall and Donovan Schultz returning to the court.
The Hounds hit the road to take on LSC opponent West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas on Wednesday at 8 p.m. they return to Greyhound Arena on Saturday to host WTAMU.