Freedom New Mexico
DURANT, Okla. — Struggling along with Southeastern Oklahoma for a half, the Eastern New Mexico University men suddenly found the range in the second half.
Junior guard Tralyn Harden scored 15 of his career-best 26 points in the second half and hit a career-best eight-3 pointers — in 10 attempts — and the Greyhounds shot 76 percent from the field in the final 20 minutes to blow past the Savage Storm 93-68 in a Lone Star Conference men’s crossover game on Saturday.
ENMU (5-7) erased a one-point halftime deficit, outscoring the Savage Storm 58-32 in the final 20 minutes. It was the most second-half points for the Hounds since a 59-point outburst in an 89-74 win over West Texas A&M on Feb. 2, 2004 at Greyhound Arena.
Senior guard Victor Reid and junior guard Stefan Mirabal each added 17 points for the Hounds. Sophomore forward Urald King went 9-for-13 from the floor en route to a 23-point, nine-rebound outing for Southeastern, while guards Chris Roussell and Jamell Cormier added 16 and 10 points, respectively.
The Hounds stayed in the game in the first half by shooting 7-of-13 from 3-point range. They blew it open with an 8-for-9 performance from long range in the final 20 minutes.
Southeastern (1-13), which lost its 13th consecutive game, opened a 7-2 lead at the outset before ENMU went on a 19-4 run for a 21-11 advantage. The lead was 33-20 with 5:49 to go in the half, but the Savage Storm closed out the period on a 16-2 run for a 36-35 lead as freshman guard Noel Surles scored the go-ahead bucket with four seconds left.
Mirabal’s 3-pointer put ENMU in front for good 47-44 with 16:15 to go and kicked off a 24-7 Hounds run. They opened a 27-point lead in the final minute.
ENMU set season high’s in points, field goals (35), field goal percentage (57.4), 3-pointers and 3-point percentage (68.2).