Hounds hang on late to beat Hardrockers

CMI staff

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Senior forward Cornelius Cammock registered Eastern New Mexico University’s first double-double of the season with 17 points and 11 rebounds and the Greyhounds used an early 15-0 run to outlast South Dakota School of Mines & Technology 68-63 on Wednesday in the Hardrockers’ New Year’s Basketball Bash.

ENMU (5-5) will play again at 3 p.m. today against NAIA member Johnson & Wales of Denver, which lost to Mines 84-75 in Tuesday’s opener of the round-robin event.

Cammock, a transfer from Abilene Christian, led three Hounds in double figures as senior guards Rodney Blackmon and Rafael Love added 13 and 10 points, respectively.

The Hardrockers (5-10) were led by 15 points each from 6-foot-8 senior forward Michael Dietz and junior guard Jordan Dick. Junior guard Calvin Thomas added 10 points off the bench for the Hardrockers, who snapped a five-game losing streak with their win over JWU.

It was ENMU’s first New Year’s Day game since a 64-62 loss to College of Great Falls (Mont.) in 1971. The Hounds’ only New Year’s Day win came in the program’s inaugural season (1934-35), a 28-21 decision over the Clovis Boosters.

Trailing 5-1, ENMU took the lead for good on a 3-pointer by Love, who added another trey during the surge. Michael Randle’s 3-pointer capped the run at the 12:57 mark of the half and made it 16-5.

The lead reached 12 points twice midway through the half, but Mines used an 8-0 run to pull to 26-25 late in the half.

Love’s basket extended the margin back to seven, but a 3 by Dick just before time expired pulled the Hardrockers to 34-30 at the break.

Mines got within a point twice in the second half, but 3-pointers by seniors Jordan Romero and Devone Davis and a basket by Cammock made it 55-48 with 6 1/2 minute to go. The Hounds, who shot only 11-of-22 from the foul line, managed to make 6-of-10 down the stretch to hang on for the win.

ENMU shot 54 percent (25-of-46) and had a 23-10 margin in points off turnovers, forcing the Hardrockers into 24 floor errors.

 

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