Hounds blow out Angelo State

ENMU senior guard Tristan Largent goes up for a layup during Saturday’s Lone Star Conference South Division men’s basketball game against Angelo State at Greyhound Arena. (Freedom Newspapers: Karl Terry)

By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer

PORTALES — Fans saw more than a 94-78 Lone Star Conference South Division men’s drubbing of Angelo State on Saturday at Greyhound Arena.

They witnessed a Greyhounds team with more smiles, high-fives and highlight-reel dunks.

Senior forward Mikal Monette led four Hounds in double figures with 20 points as the Hounds (8-8, 2-0 South) extended their winning streak to three, leading by as many as 27 points in the second half.

The players bonded over their Christmas break, holding team meetings and hanging out away from the gym, senior forward Donald Young said.

“We’ve been talking about what we need to do win,” Young said. “Usually we’re individuals and now we’re more of group.”

Senior guard Tristan Largent added19 points, six rebounds and four assists for the Hounds. Angelo State (6-10, 1-1) got 18 points from junior Quinn Barfield.

The Hounds played a strong a first half, shooting 51 percent from the field and holding the Rams without a basket over the final 3:10 in opening a 45-34 advantage.

“Eastern New Mexico played about twice as hard as our guys,” Angelo State coach Frank Rike said. “They got after us early, beat us to every loose ball and they’re playing hard and together.”

Monette scored 12 points in the first half, highlighted by a two-handed fast break dunk on an assist from Largent for a 32-23 lead.

Junior guard Justin Redman-Trotter added 13 points and a team-high six assists for the Hounds, while senior guard Stephen Wilson compiled 12 points and a team-high nine rebounds.

“As much as anything, on the offensive end we were very efficient with our possessions,” ENMU coach Shawn Scanlan said. “We played a lot of guys, but I thought everyone who played brought something tonight. Slowly but surely we’re discovering we have more depth.”

ENMU continued its onslaught in the second half as junior Kevin Davis hit Rece Hampton for a two-handed reverse alley-oop and a 73-47 lead midway through the second half.