Comeback lifts ENMU past Chaps

CMI staff

LUBBOCK — Senior guard Devone Davis scored eight of his career-high 24 points to key a game-ending 14-0 Eastern New Mexico University run over the final three minutes and the Greyhounds pulled out an 84-79 victory over Lubbock Christian on Tuesday night.

Davis, who scored 16 points in the second half, went 8-of-13 from the field and 6-of-6 from the free throw line. He also contributed six rebounds, two assists and seven of ENMU’s 11 steals.

Four starters combined for 71 points, including 23-of-26 from the free throw line (21-of-22 in the second half), with senior guards Rafael Love and Rodney Blackmon adding 22 and 15 points, respectively, and senior forward Cornelius Cammock scoring 10. Blackmon also finished with nine assists.

ENMU (2-1) got only nine points off its bench as the five starters all played between 26 and 34 minutes.

The Chaparrals (1-1) were led by 23 points off the bench from sophomore guard Quay Johnson and 21 from senior forward Eli Baker, both going 8-for-10 from the floor. Senior forward Anthony Brancato added 11 points for the Chaps, who got just five points from their bench.

Trailing 79-70 after a basket by senior guard Jeremy Ford with 3:07 left, senior D.J. Hardwell made two free throws at the 2:46 mark to start the comeback. Davis then converted two foul shots on consecutive trips to cut the margin to three, and Blackmon made two free throws at the 1:17 mark after a technical foul on A.J. Lackey.

The Hounds got the go-ahead basket when Blackmon found Davis for a layup with 16 seconds left. ENMU then forced consecutive turnovers by Lackey, and Davis and Love each hit two foul shots in the final four seconds to clinch the win.

ENMU led much of the first half, going up 24-15 on a layup by Hardwell with 9:40 left in the half. LCU took its first lead since early on two free throws by Ford with 4:25 left, and the teams went back and forth before the Chaps claimed a 38-37 halftime lead.

LCU built a 59-52 lead with 12:50 left on a layup by Baker. The Hounds got back within two points before Ford scored consecutive baskets to make it a nine-point game with just over three minutes left.

The Chaps shot 55 percent on 27-of-49 and went 16-of-20 from the foul line, but committed 20 turnovers to 11 for ENMU. Both teams were 9-of-17 from behind the 3-point line.

The teams have a rematch on tap for 7 p.m. next Tuesday at Greyhound Arena.

 

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