Struggling ENMU falls at A&M Kingsville

Freedom Newspapers

KINGSVILLE, Texas — Senior forward Robert Hamilton led five players in double figures and Hamilton and junior guard Quendale Allensworth compiled double-doubles Saturday as Texas A&M-Kingsville rolled past struggling Eastern New Mexico University 85-72 in a Lone Star Conference South Division men’s basketball game.

Hamilton scored 21 points and led the Javelinas (13-6, 4-0 South) to a 37-24 domination of the glass with 17 rebounds, while Allensworth finished with 12 points and 10 of Kingsville’s 23 assists.

Reserve Chris White scored 11 points, while Richard Gonzalez and Jerrell Graves both added 10.

“He played well,” ENMU men’s coach Shawn Scanlan said of Hamilton, who leads the LSC in rebounding. “He did the things he can do. The game was kind of played to his strengths.”

ENMU (7-12, 0-4), the two-time defending South champion, got 21 points from junior point guard Reggie Wallace, 19 from senior forward Jamaal Hunnicutt and 10 from junior guard Jolen Montoya. All three players also had four assists, and Wallace and Hunnicutt each finished with three of the Greyhounds’ 12 steals.

ENMU had only six scholarship players in uniform. Prior to the trip, junior guard Jason Breland was suspended indefinitely by Scanlan for what he termed “conduct detrimental to the team.”

The game was tied twice early before Kingsville, which never trailed, went on an 8-0 run for a 15-7 lead with under 14 minutes left in the half.

White converted a 3-point play to push the margin to 10, then knocked in another jump shot to make it 31-20 with 4 1/2 minutes to go in the half and the lead stayed in double figures the rest of the way.

Hamilton finished the half with 14 points and 10 rebounds, helping the Javs build a 42-26 cushion. ENMU failed to score the rest of the half after Edmound Elzy’s basket with 2:44 to go made it 36-26.

“We did the two things we couldn’t do going in — we turned the ball over too many times (21) and we gave them multiple shots on several possessions,” Scanlan said. “The first half didn’t go like we needed it to. They got some 3s, and the shots they got from the 3-point line were wide-open.”

The Hounds warmed up in the second half, shooting 55 percent on 16-of-29, but they weren’t able to stop Kingsville enough to mount a serious run. The Javelinas shot 61 percent (14-of-23) in the second half and finished at 52 percent overall.

Kingsville expanded its lead to 51-29 with 16 minutes remaining. Chad Donnell’s basket with 7:22 to go pulled the Hounds to 64-51, but Kingsville went on an 11-2 run to erase any remaining doubt.

Allensworth went all 40 minutes for the Javs while Hamilton played 39. They rank 1-3 in the LSC in minutes played for the season while Gonzalez, who is No. 2, was limited by foul trouble to 22 minutes.

For ENMU, Wallace played the entire way and Hunnicutt logged 38 minutes.