CANYON, Texas — In a game Eastern New Mexico University led virtually all the way, rival West Texas A&M nearly stole it late.
The Greyhounds, though, stole it back in the nick of time.
WT used an 8-0 run inside the final two minutes and took just its second lead of the day when 6-foot-9 junior forward David Duncan scooped up a deflected ball and laid it in with less than two seconds left.
Officials then reviewed the play and reset the clock to 2.7 seconds. After a pass to near midcourt and a quick timeout, senior guard Jordan Romero lofted the inbounds pass toward the basket and senior forward Cornelius Cammock grabbed it and laid it in as time expired for a 58-57 Lone Star Conference men’s victory on Saturday.
Cammock finished with a game-high 21 points — 17 in the second half — for the Hounds (11-8, 4-3 LSC), who managed to win in Canyon for the third time in four years despite missing 10 of 22 free throws and scoring just 24 points after halftime. Senior guard Rodney Blackmon added 10 points.
Junior guard Miles Gatewood led the Buffaloes (9-10, 1-6) with 13 points. Meantime, junior forward Antjuan Ball had a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds, and Duncan finished with 10 points.
ENMU hit seven of its first nine shots, including 3-pointers by seniors Rafael Love and Kyle Lantz, for a 16-9 lead after seven minutes. WT rallied to take a 24-23 advantage on senior guard David Gibbs’ 3-pointer with 4:48 left in the half, but the Hounds went on an 11-3 run capped by a Blackmon layup with four seconds to go for a 34-27 halftime lead.
ENMU went more than four minutes without scoring to begin the second half, but Cammock converted a 3-point play and two free throws for a 39-31 lead with 15 minutes to go. The Hounds had eight-point leads on three more occasions, and were still up 56-49 on a free throw by senior guard Devone Davis with 2:09 left.
Three-point plays by Gibbs and Keon Pledger, though, cut it to one with a minute left. Cammock then missed two shots in traffic under the basket before Duncan picked up a ball deflected by the Hounds as Pledger tried to drive the lane and scored, seemingly giving WT the win.
Officials reviewed the play and determined an additional second be added to the game clock, allowing Romero to inbounds the ball to near midcourt with less than a second going off. After another timeout, he found Cammock, who spun to the basket and put in the game-winner.