SAN ANGELO, Texas — Maybe the Eastern New Mexico University men's basketball just takes a while to warm up.
For the second straight game, the Greyhounds shot lights out in the second half, this time shooting nearly 65 percent from the field in the final 20 minutes and overtime to beat Angelo State 87-81 Wednesday in Lone Star Conference play.
Greg McFarland scored 15 of his career-high 17 points off the bench in the second half as the Greyhounds (8-11, 5-6 LSC) rallied from 17 points down.
With their second-straight win, ENMU leapfrogged into a sixth-place tie with West Texas A&M. Eastern shot 73 percent in the second half of Saturday's 71-57 win at WT.
Leading scorer Rodney Blackmon added 15 points despite an off shooting night (5-of-17) for Hounds while Jordan Romero chipped in 14 points off the bench, including four 3-pointers in the second half.
Freshman Jovan Austin led the cellar-dwelling Rams (5-14, 2-9) with 18 points while Bryan Hammond added 16.
The Rams used a 12-4 run to open the second half and take their largest lead of the game 49-32 at the 16:33 mark. ENMU responded with 10 straight points, eight coming from McFarland, to cut the deficit to 49-42 with just over 14 minutes to play in the period.
Still down seven, Romero sank a pair of 3-pointers and Blackmon hit a jumper as the Greyhounds pulled within one point at the 5:40 mark.
Blackmon had a chance to win in the game in regulation but was called for a charge when he drove the lane with three second on the clock. Hammond's shot at the buzzer was off the mark as the contest would head into overtime.
In the extra period, ENMU scored the first eight points. ASU cut the Greyhounds' lead to four after a 3-point field goal from Chris Talkington with less than 20 seconds to play. Junior guard Kyle Lantz sealed the game for Eastern with two free throws.
The 17-point disadvantage was the largest ENMU has overcome since a similar deficit against the Rams back on Fe. 16, 2011 that Eastern would win 116-111 in quadruple overtime.