Hounds win, Zias split in Colorado

PNT Staff

ALAMOSA, Colo. — Forward Jamaal Hunnicutt and point guard Jolen Montoya combined for 45 points, including 5-for-6 from the free throw line in the final 1:22, and the Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball team pulled out a 72-67 win over Adams State College Saturday night.
The Greyhounds (1-1), coming off a 31-point loss at home to Lubbock Christian in their season opener on Thursday, trailed by 13 points with 10 minutes left and didn’t take their first lead until senior Irshaun Pinckney hit a 3-pointer with 2:52 left to push the Hounds in front 67-65.
Kevin McCarroll’s basket tied it for the Grizzlies (0-1) with 1:42 to go before Hunnicutt, who hit 6-of-9 shots from the field and 11-of-13 from the line, gave Eastern the lead for good by hitting two free throws on the next trip down.
ASC missed two 3-pointers on its next trip. The teams then exchanged turnovers before Montoya, who finished with 22 points and a team-high five assists, was sent to the line and converted both shots with 25 seconds to go. After an offensive foul by McCarroll, Hunnicutt hit the first of two foul shots with seven seconds left to complete the scoring.
Pinckney also reached double figures with 11 points. David Mitchell, a 6-foot-8, 230-pound senior forward, led Adams with 25 points while guards Greg Baker and Larry Charles added 13 and 12, respectively.
The game was relatively even statistically, except that Eastern hit 7-of-15 from 3-point range and 21-of-29 free throws to 2-of-12 and 15-of-25, respectively, for the Grizzlies.
Montoya went 4-of-6 on 3-pointers and made all six of his free throw attempts.
The Grizzlies opened a 10-2 lead in the first three minutes, but Eastern closed to 30-29 at halftime on a basket by senior Edmound Elzy with eight seconds left.
The Hounds tied the score twice early in the second half on baskets by Hunnicutt, but ASC regained command with eight unanswered points for a 46-38 lead.
The Hounds then went on a 12-1 run to pare their 13-point deficit to 59-57 with seven minutes left, getting 3-pointers from Montoya and Billy Austin and two free throws from Montoya in that stretch.

ENMU 72, Adams State 67
Eastern New Mexico (1-1) —
Jamaal Hunnicutt 6-9 11-13 23, Daniel Sherman 2-4 0-2 4, Jolen Montoya 6-9 6-6 22, Irshaun Pinckney 4-9 2-2 11, Billy Austin 3-6 0-0 8, Jason Breland 0-4 0-2 0, Edmound Elzy 1-2 0-0 2, Chad Donnell 0-3 2-4 2. Totals 22-46 21-29 72.
Adams State (0-1) — Kyley Wilson 2-5 0-0 4, David Mitchell 7-10 11-14 25, Larry Charles 5-13 2-4 12, Richard Mincey 2-11 0-0 5, Greg Baker 5-6 2-3 13, Kevin McCarroll 1-5 0-2 2, Kyle Jackson 2-2 0-2 4, Chris Crevelone 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 25-53 15-25 67.
Halftime — Adams State 30, Eastern New Mexico 29. 3-pointers — Eastern New Mexico 7-15 (Montoya 4-6, Austin 2-4, Pinckney 1-1, Elzy 0-1, Breland 0-3), Adams State 2-12 (Baker 1-2, Mincey 1-6, McCarroll 0-1, Charles 0-3). Rebounds — Eastern New Mexico 31 (Sherman 8), Adams State 32 (Mincey 9). Assists — Eastern New Mexico 12 (Montoya 5), Adams State 16 (Baker 5). Total fouls — Eastern New Mexico 20, Adams State 28. Fouled out — Sherman, Wilson. Technicals — Eastern New Mexico bench. A — 1,146.

Zias split in Colorado — At Pueblo, Colo., the ENMU women lost for the first time in three games on Saturday, falling to host Colorado State-Pueblo 66-60 in the Kaly Shrine Classic.
ENMU rallied from a six-point halftime deficit on Friday to beat Nebraska-Kearney 71-64, using a 9-0 run to erase a four-point deficit with eight minutes left.
CSU-Pueblo (1-1), which lost in overtime on Friday to Northern Michigan, took command on Saturday with an 18-7 run in the second half featuring three 3-pointers by reserve Kyle Haag to erase a 42-41 Zias lead.
Hilary Rehfeld scored 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Thunderwolves, while Haag finished 4-of-6 from 3-point range for 12 points and Ebony Walker added 11.
Senior Mika Robertson scored 19 points for the Zias on 7-of-9 shooting, including 3-of-4 from beyond the arc, and earned a spot on the all-tournament team. Tiana Bryant added 13 points and 6 rebounds, and Tia Doss scored 12 points.
The Zias trailed most of the way. They were down 18-9 midway through the first half before closing to 30-29 at the break on a layup by sophomore guard Heather Brown in the closing seconds.
ENMU held three 1-point leads early in the second half before the T-wolves went on their decisive run.
During their game-turning run against Kearney on Friday, the Zias held the Lopers to 0-for-8 from the field and forced two turnovers. They took their first lead 59-56 on a 3-pointer with Brown with just under five minutes left.
Brown led four Zias in double figures with 16 points, while Bryant had 15 and Doss and senior guard Laci Lee scored 10 apiece. Junior center Kalee Modlin led all scorers with 19 points for the Lopers.

Friday
ENMU 71, Neb.-Kearney 64
Neb.-Kearney (1-1) —
Amber Whitlock 4-13 0-0 9, Erin Jones 3-7 0-0 7, Liz Fischer 3-9 0-0 7, Kalee Modlin 7-13 5-6 19, Anne Manning 1-4 4-6 6, Amy Mathis 1-2 1-2 3, Melissa Hinkley 2-6 3-4 7, Jenne Harle 2-4 0-0 6. Totals 23-58 13-18 64.
Eastern New Mexico (2-0) — Tia Doss 5-8 0-0 10, Heather Brown 6-9 2-2 16, Mika Robertson 2-6 2-2 6, Laci Lee 3-7 4-4 10, Tiana Bryant 6-12 3-3 15, Riikka Lehtonen 3-6 0-2 6, Casey Rodriguez 1-2 1-2 3, Erika Cook 0-0 0-0 0, Ashley Davidson 1-4 2-2 5, Dynesha Johnson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-54 14-17 71.
Halftime — Neb.-Kearney 40, Eastern New Mexico 34. 3-pointers — Neb.-Kearney 5-14 (Harle 2-4, Jones 1-2, Whitlock 1-3, Fischer 1-4, Hinkley 0-1), Eastern New Mexico 3-12 (Brown 2-3, Davidson 1-3, Lee 0-1, Bryant 0-2, Robertson 0-3). Rebounds — Neb.-Kearney 34 (Modlin 9), Eastern New Mexico 33 (Robertson 10). Assists — Neb.-Kearney 6 (Manning, Whitlock 2), Eastern New Mexico 6 (Johnson 2). Total fouls — Neb.-Kearney 17, Eastern New Mexico 17. Fouled out — none. A — n/a.

Saturday
CSU-Pueblo 66, ENMU 60
Eastern New Mexico (2-1) —
Doss 5-7 2-2 12, Brown 3-6 0-0 6, Robertson 7-9 2-4 19, Lee 1-5 1-3 3, Bryant 6-14 0-0 13, Lehtonen 2-7 3-4 7, Rodriguez 0-4 0-0 0, Davidson 0-1 0-0 0, Brittney Gillespie 0-1 0-0 0, Johnson 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 24-55 8-13 60.
CSU-Pueblo (1-1) — Stacey Nutt 3-6 2-2 8, Kristen Heinl 1-1 0-0 3, Hilary Rehfeld 5-9 2-2 13, Ebony Walker 4-10 2-2 11, Lauren Westerman 4-8 1-2 9, Leslie Haywood 1-5 0-0 3, Kaylon Miller 1-3 0-2 2, Jodee Wilson 1-2 3-4 5, Kyle Haag 4-8 0-0 12, Ashleigh Ackerman 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-52 10-14 66.
Halftime — CSU-Pueblo 30, Eastern New Mexico 29. 3-pointers — Eastern New Mexico 4-9 (Robertson 3-4, Bryant 1-1, Brown 0-1, Davidson 0-1, Rodriguez 0-2), CSU-Pueblo 8-19 (Haag 4-6, Heinl 1-1, Rehfeld 1-1, Walker 1-4, Haywood 1-5, Miller 0-1, Nutt 0-1). Rebounds — Eastern New Mexico 32 (Bryant 6), CSU-Pueblo 31 (Rehfeld 10). Assists — Eastern New Mexico 7 (Brown 3), CSU-Pueblo 10 (Nutt 3). Total fouls — Eastern New Mexico 15, CSU-Pueblo 12. Fouled out — none. A — n/a.