Javelinas get best of Hounds

By Dave Wagner

Reserve forward Chris White scored a career-high 24 points Saturday night to lead Texas A&M-Kingsville to an 82-73 victory over Eastern New Mexico University in a Lone Star Conference South Division game at Greyhound Arena.
White, a 6-foot-6, 250-pound junior who joined the Javelinas at the Christmas break and was averaging only 5.9 points coming in, went 10-of-12 from the field, mostly close range, and converted 4-of-5 free throws as Kingsville fend off the Greyhounds in the second hals. The Javs (17-10, 8-4 South) will travel to either Tarleton State or Central Oklahoma on Tuesday in a first-round LSC tournament game.
Senior Richard Gonzales added 19 points and eight assists, while junior Eduardo Lopez scored 17 points and senior Robert Hamilton finished with 19 points and a game-high nine rebounds. Kingsville shot 57 percent from the field on 32-of-56 and had 26 assists compared with only 13 turnovers.
Senior forward Jamaal Hunnicutt scored 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds in the final game of his four-year ENMU career. He finished with 1,311 points, putting him 11th on the school’s all-time scoring list.
Junior point guard Reggie Wallace added 18 points for the two-time defending South champion Hounds (9-18, 2-10) while senior guard Irshaun Pinckney, also ending a four-year career, scored 15 and junior guard Jolen Montoya 10.
“I told Irshaun Pinckney and Jamaal Hunnicutt after the game how much I respect them, and what (ENMU) coach (Shawn) Scanlan has done with this program,” said Kingsville coach Pete Peterson, whose team was coming off an 81-70 loss at West Texas A&M on Thursday.
“We didn’t want to go into the playoffs losing two in a row,” Peterson said. “I don’t care who we play (in the tournament) — I just thought a win would help us from a mental standpoint.”
The Hounds led 6-2 early, but Kingsville stormed in front with a 14-2 run and led comfortably most of the half. White went 6-of-8 for 12 points prior to halftime.
“He had a decent game against them last time (11 points),” Peterson said. “He’s dropped 24 pounds since Christmas, and he’s getting better every day.”
The Javelinas opened an 11-point lead late in the half, but a 3-point play by Edmound Elzy and two free throws by Jolen Montoya, fouled by White on Kingsville’s offensive end as time expired, pulled the Hounds to 38-32 at the break.
“I told our guys at halftime that we haven’t played that well and we’re only down six,” Scanlan said. “We got it tied a couple of times, but then we couldn’t make the next play.”
Scanlan said he was disappointed with the general energy level of his team.
“I didn’t think everybody played with a whole lot of fire, and I don’t know why,” he said. “It’s really hard to go out like this, but it’s a continuation of the same problems we’ve had all year long.”

Lone Star Conference South
Texas A&M-Kingsville 82, ENMU 73
Texas A&M-Kingsville (17-10, 8-4) —
Robert Hamilton 6-13 0-0 12, Juan Lanauze 3-4 0-0 6, Eduardo Lopez 5-9 3-4 17, Richard Gonzalez 7-13 4-4 19, Quendale Allensworth 1-2 2-4 4, Frank Gerald 0-2 0-0 0, Jerell Graves 0-1 0-0 0, Chris White 10-12 4-5 24, Anthony Huey 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 32-56 13-17 82.
Eastern New Mexico (9-18, 2-10) — Jamaal Hunnicutt 3-10 13-16 19, Edmound Elzy 2-5 1-1 5, Chad Donnell 2-5 0-0 4, Jolen Montoya 3-6 5-6 11, Irshaun Pinckney 6-12 3-4 15, Reggie Wallace 6-11 6-7 18, Ean Forrest 0-0 0-0 0, Aaron Rodriguez 0-1 0-0 0, Daniel Sherman 0-0 1-2 1. Totals 22-50 29-36 73.
Halftime — Texas A&M-Kingsville 38, Eastern New Mexico 32. 3-pointers — Texas A&M-Kingsville 5-19 (Lopez 4-8, Gonzalez 1-6, Allensworth 0-1, Gerald 0-1, Graves 0-1, Hamilton 0-2), Eastern New Mexico 0-8 (Montoya 0-1, Pinckney 0-1, Rodriguez 0-1, Elzy 0-2, Wallace 0-3). Rebounds — Texas A&M-Kingsville 30 (Hamilton 9), Eastern New Mexico 27 (Hunnicutt 8). Assists — Texas A&M-Kingsville 26 (Gonzalez 8), Eastern New Mexico 8 (Montoya, Wallace 3). Total fouls — Texas A&M-Kingsville 23, Eastern New Mexico 18. Fouled out — Lanauze, Elzy. A — 925.