By Dave Wagner: Freedom New Mexico
Effort wasn’t the problem for Eastern New Mexico University’s men Monday night.
Southwestern Oklahoma, coming in shooting nearly 40 percent from the
season from 3-point range, hit 10 of its first 13 shots from beyond the
arc and were 15-of-24 overall and the Bulldogs held on for a 79-74 Lone
Star Conference crossover win at Greyhound Arena.
Senior guard Kenneth White went 6-for-9 from 3-point range and
finished with 24 points while senior guard Jerard Campbell added 23 for
Southwestern (9-4), which built a 15-point lead earlier in the second
half, then pulled away late after ENMU (4-10) tied it in the second
“I’m going to give them credit,” ENMU coach Shawn Scanlan said. “They shot the lights out tonight.”
Guard Kendall Smith added 12 points for the Bulldogs, going 4-for-7
from 3-point distance, while reserve Jose Garcia added three 3-pointers
and finished with 10 points.
“I think we had a good rhythm going,” Southwestern coach Todd
Thurman said. “We were playing well, but Shawn does a good job of
controlling the tempo.”
Southwestern outscored ENMU 22-7 over the final seven minutes of the half to build a 40-28 lead.
Thurman said the Hounds then took his team out of its comfort zone.
“It came easy,” he said of the Bulldogs’ early 3-point barrage. “We
were getting open shots, so we quit working (hard enough) for it.”
Thurman credited Scanlan’s second-half switch from man-to-man
defense to a zone for helping slow the Bulldogs. ENMU held Southwestern
without a field goal for more than four minutes and went on a 14-1 run
to tie the score 46-46 on a basket by junior Equs Darby with 12:58 left.
The Bulldogs got a backdoor layup from Campbell and a 3-pointer from
the right wing by Garcia to build a five-point lead, which they
maintained the rest of the way.
Darby went 10-for-12 from the field and finished with a season-high
23 for the Hounds. Juniors Dannon Wafer, Jimmie Marshall and Aaron King
each added 12 points.
ENMU shot 58 percent from the floor (33-of-57), but managed only
2-for-12 from long range. The Bulldogs shot 59 percent overall
“Equs played like Equs can play,” Scanlan said. “We just need to see
that Equs Darby more often. He needs to expect that from himself.”
Scanlan had four players unable to