By Dave Wagner
CMI sports writer
A week ago, things didn’t look too good for Eastern New Mexico University’s men.
Now, after back-to-back four-point wins, including Saturday’s hard fought 72-68 overtime decision over Angelo State at Greyhound Arena, the Hounds are back to being a factor in the Lone Star Conference race.
Senior forward Cornelius Cammock scored 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as all five starters played at least 33 minutes for the Greyhounds (8-7, 2-2 LSC). Senior guard Rodney Blackmon hit two go-ahead free throws with 49 seconds left in the OT, and senior guards Rafael Love and Devone Davis each went 1-for-2 from the line in the final 22 seconds.
Get ready for more of the same in the LSC, Hounds coach Andrew Helton said.
“Everybody’s good,” he said of the league. “We gutted it out today. It wasn’t pretty, that’s for sure.”
ENMU led most of the way and, in fact, never trailed by more than two points. The Rams (12-4, 2-2) had a chance to win on the final possession of regulation, but missed the final two shots before time expired.
Neither team led by more than two points in the extra session until the end.
“It was a hard-fought game,” said Davis, who played 40 of the 45 minutes and finished with 13 points and five assists. “We need a day off; we actually have a day off (today) before we play again Wednesday (at home against Texas A&M-Commerce.”
Blackmon added 12 points and Love 10 while the fifth starter, Phil Henry, contributed nine points and three of the team’s six blocks.
“The big guys are laying for us, like Cam and Phil,” Davis said. “Before, teams were keying on the guards; now we’re able to score a little more easily.”
ENMU won despite going just 3-for-14 from 3-point range, normally a strength. The Hounds did shoot 46 percent overall, though, while holding the Rams to 40 percent.
“They’re a good team,” Helton said of the Rams. “We were able to make some baskets when we needed t hem. I’m just glad we won the game.”
Senior forward Kenny Williams finished with 23 points and 15 rebounds for ASU, but he was held to 9-for-24 from the floor and also had five turnovers in 41 minutes. The Rams also got 15 points from senior guard Bryan Hammond.