Cameron holds off Hounds

By Dave Wagner

Senior guard Eric Moore came off the bench for 22 points and Cameron recovered after blowing a 15-point, second-half lead for an 80-74 Lone Star Conference men’s crossover victory over Eastern New Mexico University Thursday night at Greyhound Arena.
The win keeps the Aggies unbeaten at 6-0 for the season while the Greyhounds fell to 2-3. Junior guard Bam Harmon added 19 points and junior center Arthur Trousdell had 14 for Cameron.
Senior forward Jamaal Hunnicutt finished 2ith 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Hounds, including 10 points in a 15-0 run while rallied the Hounds from a 62-47 deficit with nine minutes left into a tie. The Hounds took a 65-64 lead on a 3-pointer by Jason Breland, but Cameron’s Eric Girtmon tied the score with a free throw and then scored on a backcourt steal after the Aggies applied a fullcourt press.
Cameron took the lead for good 69-67 on a basket by Trousdell with 3:15 left, then clinched in by making 9-of-12 free throws in the last two minutes.
Junior point guard Jolen Montoya was ENMU’s only other double-figure scorer with 14, including 11 in the first half.
“It was hard for us to come in here and win a game like that,” said Cameron coach Garrett Mantle, whose team finished last in the LSC North last season. “When you get a big lead, you’ve got to understand how to finish out a game.”
Hunnicutt said the Hounds have struggled in the early going, falling behind in games on a regular basis.
“It was an uphill climb the whole game,” he said. “When you get behind like that, you’ve got to play perfect to come back and perfection in basketball doesn’t happen sometimes.”
Mantle, the nephew of the late baseball Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle, said Eastern appears to be trying to find the right chemistry after back-to-back LSC South championships.
“Shawn (Scanlan, ENMU coach) has a lot of new guys too,” Mantle said. “Right now they’re still learning what he wants. They’re not clicking on all cylinders yet, but I think by the time (division play) rolls around they’ll be a much better team.”
Scanlan pointed to two stats — 24 turnovers, and no free throw attempts by ENMU in the first half — as keys.
“When you look at the halftime box score and see us zero-for-zero (on free throws), that’s a telling stat,” he said.
He said Cameron’s press was also a factor in turning the tide back in the Aggies’ favor.
“We’d worked against the press, but we didn’t really adjust (when Cameron went to it),” Scanlan said. “I can’t make excuses for us. We just didn’t play well at the right times tonight.”
ENMU led only twice in the first half, at 2-0 and 4-2, before the Aggies got their long-range game going. They got two 3-pointers from Harmon and one each from Sean Ormsby and Moore to open an 18-12 lead with seven minutes gone.
The Hounds got within three points several times, but the Aggies opened a nine-point lead with a 6-0 run late in the half. A 3-pointer by Montoya cut the margin to 41-35 at halftime.

Cameron 80, ENMU 74
Cameron (6-0) —
Marcus Girtmon 3-8 2-6 8, Kalaan Brown 2-4 0-0 4, Bam Harmon 7-12 3-3 19, Arthur Trousdell 6-12 2-2 14, Sean Ormsby 2-4 0-0 6, Mike Wallace 0-0 0-0 0, Eric Moore 6-9 7-9 22, Chris Booth 2-5 1-2 6, Justin Harris 0-1 1-2 1. Totals 28-55 16-24 80.
Eastern New Mexico (2-3) — Jamaal Hunnicutt 9-15 4-4 22, Daniel Sherman 4-6 0-0 8, Jolen Montoya 5-8 0-0 14, Irshaun Pinckney 1-3 0-0 2, Billy Austin 2-7 2-2 7, Reggie Wallace 2-5 3-6 7, Jason Breland 2-7 0-0 5, Edmound Elzy 3-3 1-2 9, Chad Donnell 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 28-55 10-14 74.
Halftime — Cameron 41, Eastern New Mexico 35. 3-pointers — Cameron 8-20 (Moore 3-4, Ormsby 2-3, Harmon 2-5, Booth 1-2, Brown 0-1, Harris 0-1, Girtmon 0-4), Eastern New Mexico 8-15 (Montoya 4-6, Elzy 2-2, Breland 1-1, Austin 1-5, Wallace 0-1). Rebounds — Cameron 27 (Trousdell 7), Eastern New Mexico 31 (Hunnicutt 10). Assists — Cameron 15 (Harmon 4), Eastern New Mexico 20 (Austin 7). Total fouls — Cameron 18, Eastern New Mexico 19. Fouled out — none. A — 625.