By Dave Wagner
Will Brown IV came out firing and never let up.
The Texas A&M-Kingsville senior guard hit 10 of his first 11 shots, including five 3-pointers, and finished with 46 points to lead the Javelinas to a 89-70 Lone Star Conference South Division men’s victory over Eastern New Mexico University on Thursday at Greyhound Arena.
The win vaults the Javs (17-8, 8-2 South) one-half game ahead of the Greyhounds (17-7, 7-2) in the division race, and gives them a two-game season sweep of ENMU.
Brown hit 3-pointers on Kingsville’s first two trips downcourt, then knocked down a 10-footer from the lane on the next possession to give the Javs an 8-0 lead after less than two minutes.
While ENMU battled back to take a pair of one-point leads early in the second half, the Hounds were never able to wrest control and Kingsville finished off the game with a 33-13 run over the final 8 1/2 minutes.
“We told our guys we’ve just got to be the aggressor because if you aren’t, Eastern New Mexico will eat you alive,” TAMK coach Pete Peterson said. “We told them, ‘All the pressure’s on Eastern.’”
ENMU coach Shawn Scanlan was ejected with 2:51 left. He was given two technicals for protesting after Eastern’s Irshaun Pinckney was thrown to the floor in a loose-ball scramble by Kingsville’s Robert Hamilton, and only a regular foul was called.
Brown, a 93-percent free throw shooter, converted all four free throws for an 80-61 lead.
Scanlan held his team in the locker room for an extended period after the game, and was not available for comment.
Brown finished 17-of-25 from the field, including 7-of-9 from 3-point range. After scoring 27 points in the first half, he missed his first four shots of the second half. He didn’t score until there were eight minutes left in the half before erupting for 19 points the rest of the way.
“He’s had some good games,” Peterson said. “He just decided he was going to do it today. He’s the hardest-working guy we have at practice.
“Robert Hamilton (10 points) didn’t have a good game. He’s carried us in a lot of games, but tonight Will Brown put us on his shoulders in the first half.”
Forward Jamie Barnett also finished with 10 points for the Javs, who shot 51 percent and dominated the Hounds 37-27 on the boards, led by Hamilton with nine.
ENMU got 18 points from junior Jamaal Hunnicutt, 15 from junior Jamal Washington on 7-of-9 shooting off the bench, and 11 from senior Garland Coleman.
Junior guard Kennis Green, ENMU’s leading scorer, played only 1 1/2 minutes in this game and didn’t play at all in the first half.