CSU-Pueblo routs Hounds

By Derek Major
Staff writer
As far as 2014 went for the Greyhound basketball team? Could’ve ended better.

There wasn’t much positive for the Greyhounds Wednesday night, as they were dominated from start to finish in a 105-65 loss to Colorado State University Pueblo.

“From every position we didn’t play well, that’s all it was,” said forward Jason Clardy, who finished the game with seven points. “We just have to work harder and focus on ourselves really.”

Up 25-20 early in the first half, Thunderwolves guard Bronson Moton went on his own 9-0 run with a trey, followed by a trio of jumpers. From there, the Thunderwolves (8-4) never saw their lead go below double digits after that and led by as much as 40 in the second half.

“Pueblo is a really good team and a tough matchup for us,” ENMU coach Stott Carter said. “They absolutely hit everything they put up, and some of that was us. We didn’t guard very well and we didn’t make a shot, so when you don’t make free throws, you don’t make three’s, you don’t make anything it’s pretty tough.

The Thunderwolves took a 45-30 into the locker room at the half, and squelched any Greyhound comeback hopes with a 7-0 run to open up the second half. Moton had 19, tying Devonte Malcolm for team honors and leading four in double figures for CSU-Pueblo.

John Gilliam scored a team-high 19 for the Greyhounds and Chris Wyms added 14, but the Greyhounds struggled shooting from the free-throw line (16-of-29) and beyond the arc (2-of-14).

But for Carter, shooting was the secondary concern.

“Absolutely, 100 percent defense,” Stott noted as the biggest issue. “Our defense has to get better. We’re really, really struggling defensively. We have to get better, bottom line.”
Clardy agreed.

“We have to learn to play team defense,” Clardy said. “A lot of us can play defense individually, but we have to learn to play team defense. I can tell a lot of teams we play don’t respect our defense — I can see it in them — but we have to pull it together.”

The Greyhounds will have a quick turnaround Friday as they host the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in a rematch of a game the Greyhounds lost two weeks ago 97-71.