Freedom New Mexico
CASA BLANCA, N.M. — Senior guard Justin Redman-Trotter bounced back from an off-night in Thursday’s season opener at Emporia State to compile team highs of 25 points, nine rebounds and five assists Saturday, helping Eastern New Mexico University beat Western New Mexico 78-72.
The game was the second half of a doubleheader played at Laguna-Acoma High School. In the first game, Grand Canyon routed New Mexico Highlands 91-48.
Redman-Trotter led four players in double figures for the Hounds (1-1) after managing just six points on 1-of-8 shooting in an 89-73 loss in the opener.
Senior forward Kendall Clark and junior guard Jamaal McCoy added 12 points each for the Hounds, while senior guard Kevin Davis finished with 10.
The Mustangs, playing their season opener, got 21 points and eight rebounds from sophomore forward D.J. Nicolas and 16 points from senior guard Trey Clarkson.
ENMU opened a 55-44 lead on Marquis Ruffin’s free throw with 13:40 left, but Western went on a 16-3 run and went in front 60-58 when Nicholas converted a layup with 7:50 to go. The game stayed close until a layup by junior guard Chad Johnson put the Hounds ahead good 71-69 with 2 1/2 minutes left.
ENMU did not make another field goal, hitting 6-of-7 free throws to open a seven-point lead with under 30 seconds left.
Both teams shot above 50 percent from the field, including 8-of-14 from 3-point range by the Hounds. Western converted only 6-of-17 long-range shots and went just 12-of-25 from the free throw line.
The Hounds are scheduled to host New Mexico Highlands at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in their home opener at Greyhound Arena.