CANYON, Texas — According to Eastern New Mexico men’s basketball coach Shawn Scanlan, the Hounds aren’t playing defense, and when they don’t play defense they can’t win games.
Especially true against Lone Star Conference South Division rival West Texas A&M, who beat ENMU Tuesday night 91-79 at the First United Bank Center in Canyon
The loss drops the Greyhounds (9-11, 3-3) to third in the LSC South.
West Texas (12-8, 4-2) shot better than 56 percent from 3-point range, including an 8-of-13 first half, and Scanlan said the Hounds weren’t defending anything.
“Defensively we played as badly as we have all year long,” Scanlan said. “We’re in a rut right now, we’re not guarding anybody.”
Tristan Largent led the way for the Hounds with 24 points, followed by junior guard Justin Redman-Trotter’s 15 points.
West Texas guard Damien Lolar led all scorers with 27 points, followed by forward Moshn Said with 15 points. Both hit two treys, as the Buffaloes made 13-of-23 from beyond the arc.
“(West Texas’) threes were open, we left people open and they hit them,” Scanlan said. “What’s worse than that is the guys that are proven 3-point shooters were left open. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that these guys can shoot threes.”
The Buffaloes led 47-35 at the half, before ENMU erupted on a 19-6 run to open the second half, pulling to within four points. West Texas responded with an 18-4 run of their own to claim a 15-point lead.
“You’ve got to have a base to play off of,” Scanlan said, “and right now we haven’t established any aspect of the game that we can fall back on. We don’t have a foundation to play off of right now.”
The Hounds continue their LSC South schedule at 7 p.m. Saturday, hosting Texas A&M-Kingsville.