Hounds, Zias win in tourney openers

Freedom Newspapers

MARYVILLE, Mo. — Clovis junior Irshaun Pinckney led four Eastern New Mexico University players in double figures with 16 points Friday night as the Greyhounds rallied from a 10-point deficit in the final five minutes to edge Rockhurst 67-63 in the semifinals of the four-team Ryland Miller Classic men’s tournament, hosted by Northwest Missouri State.

The win put ENMU (2-0) into Saturday’s 7 p.m. (MST) championship game against the host Bearcats, who defeated Warner Southern 78-61 in the other semifinal matchup.

Jamaal Hunnicutt added 14 points and a game-high nine rebounds for the Hounds, while Brent Cooper and Kennis Green chipped in 12 points apiece. Guard Terrance Dopson led the Kansas City, Mo.-based Hawks (0-3) with 20 points.

Rockhurst led 28-16 with five minutes to go in the half. Eastern trimmed the margin to 32-27 at the break, but still trailed 59-49 after a three-pointer by Mike Day with 6:26 left.

Neither team scored again until Eastern’s Jamal Washington drained a 3-pointer with 4:52 to go, kicking off a game-ending 18-4 run for the Hounds. Eastern scored 11 of the game’s final 12 points, finally taking the lead for good 64-63 on a layup by Garland Coleman with 59 seconds left.

Cooper, Hunnicutt and Coleman each hit one of two free throws in the remaining time, Coleman finally securing the win when he made the second of two shots with two seconds left.

Rockhurst made it tough by hitting 9 of 17 shots from 3-point range, including 6 of 9 in the second half.

ENMU women 59, Grand Canyon (Ariz.) 57 — At Phoenix, the Zias blew a 21-point lead early in the second half, then rallied from a five-point deficit in the final five minutes to beat the host Antelopes in the semifinals of the four-team Canyon Classic women’s tournament.

Junior guard Laci Lee of Portales scored 11 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for ENMU (2-0), which advanced to Saturday’s 4 p.m. championship game against Fort Lewis, an 87-80 winner over Westmont (Calif.) in the other semifinal.

Loren Scarlett added 11 points for the Zias, and Jereena Bosket and Kristi McGuire scored 10 points apiece.

After hitting just 1 of 8 shots from 3-point range in an opening win at Colorado-Colorado Springs on Sunday, the Zias went 5 of 9 in the first half against GCU to open a 36-17 lead.

Heather Brown then stole the ball on Grand Canyon’s first possession of the second half and fed McGuire for a layup and a seemingly insurmountable margin.

The Lopes came back with a 35-9 run, including 10 consecutive points to take the lead, and were up 52-47 with 4:50 left after a basket by Kelly McRee.

But Grand Canyon scored only five points the rest of the way. Texico sophomore Elizabeth Richards put the Zias ahead 57-56 with 2:32 left on a layup off a feed from Bosket, and Scarlett’s two free throws at the 2:06 mark made it a three-point game.

Denica Davis, who scored all but one of her game-high 21 points in the second half for the Lopes (0-1), split a pair of free throws with 1:38 to go. But Grand Canyon misfired on three chances to tie the score in the remaining time.