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COMMERCE, Texas — For eight minutes, Eastern New Mexico University’s men looked like they’d give Texas A&M-Commerce everything it wanted Monday night.
Then the roof fell in.
Trailing 14-8, the Lions outscored ENMU 40-8 the rest of the first half and went on to a 94-67 pasting of the Greyhounds in a Lone Star Conference men’s crossover game.
Commerce (6-2) scored nine consecutive points, including 3-pointers by Brian Singleton and Stefon Carson, to take a 17-14 lead. The Hounds (3-5) were still within 21-19 after a 3-pointer by Kyle Lantz with 7:52 left in the half, but managed only three free throws the rest of the period as the Lions opened a 48-22 bulge.
Commerce built the margin to 57-27 less than 3 1/2 minutes into the second half, and the Hounds never got closer than 21 the rest of the way.
Singleton led five Lions in double figures with 17 points, while 6-foot-7 junior forward Desmond King added 16 points and seven rebounds, shooting 8-of-11 from the floor. Carson came off the bench for 13 points, going 5-for-5 from the field and 2-for-2 from the foul line.
Commerce shot well over 60 percent in each half, finishing at 64 percent (38-of-59) and knocking down 9-of-19 from 3-point range.
For ENMU, 6-7 junior Aaron Edwards came off the bench for 12 points while 6-7 junior Max Carrier posted a double-double with 10 points and a game-high 10 rebounds.
ENMU finishes pre-holiday play with home crossovers against Northeastern State 2 p.m. Saturday and Central Oklahoma 8 p.m. Monday at Greyhound Arena.