Hounds beat Illinois Tech for third

CNJ staff

HAYS, Kan. — Freshman guard Joshua Jackson scored 15 points, including six in a row in the final 2 1/2 minutes to put Eastern New Mexico University ahead for good, and the Greyhounds turned back Illinois Tech 72-65 Saturday for third place in the Westlink Classic men’s basketball tournament.

Jackson’s layup with 2:05 left gave ENMU (2-1) a 63-61 lead. He added four consecutive free throws over the next minute before Mikal Monette’s layup with 32 seconds left capped an 8-0 run.

Junior forward Ira Cross went 6-of-8 from the field to match Jackson for team honors with 15 points for the Hounds.

Sophomore forward Robert Lucky shot 11-of-15 from the field and led the Chicago-based Scarlet Hawks (1-3), an NAIA program, with 27 points and 11 rebounds. Guards Mike Stohl and Ayo Ayodele added 17 and 10 points, respectively.

Host Fort Hays State beat in-state rival Washburn 84-74 in Saturday night’s championship game.

ENMU scored the game’s first five points and led most of the game, but had a tough time pulling away from the Scarlet Hawks. Illinois Tech took its first lead 9-8 on a basket by Lucky with 15 minutes left in the half, and held its biggest lead of the night (23-21) on Ayodale’s bucket with 7:12 remaining before the intermission.

The Hounds rallied for a 34-30 lead at the break, then went on a 16-0 run to break away from a 39-39 with 15 minutes left. Junior Larry Prince scored seven points in the run, capping it on a layup with 10:30 remaining.

Illinois Tech began to work its way back and got a 3-pointer from Stohl and five points from Lucky in an 8-0 run that tied the score with 2:14 left.

ENMU 72, Illinois Tech 65
Eastern New Mexico (2-1) —
Ira Cross 6-8 3-5 15, Mikal Monette 2-4 1-2 5, Tristan Largent 1-4 1-2 4, Jolen Montoya 4-9 0-0 9, Stephen Wilson 2-6 0-0 5, Travis Carr 1-3 0-0 3, Joshua Jackson 4-8 7-8 15, Jake Holladay 2-4 3-4 8, Larry Prince 1-3 6-9 8, Donald Young 0-0 0-2 0. Totals 23-49 21-32 72.
Illinois Tech (1-3) — Robert Lucky 11-15 4-11 27, Ryan Jungels 0-3 0-1 0, Mike Stohl 5-10 5-6 17, Cordell Jackson 0-1 0-0 0, Ayo Ayodele 4-12 2-2 10, Eliseo Cornejo 1-3 2-2 4, Nil Valls 0-0 0-0 0, Ali Raseq 0-0 0-0 0, Jenzel Skerritt 0-0 0-0 0, Mark Kriestmint 0-2 0-1 0, Bob McQueen 1-2 5-7 7, Mike Herlo 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 22-49 18-30 65.
Halftime — Eastern New Mexico 34, Illinois Tech 30. 3-pointers — Eastern New Mexico 5-16 (Largent 1-1, Carr 1-2, Holladay 1-2, Montoya 1-4, Wilson 1-4, Monette 0-1, Jackson 0-2), Illinois Tech 3-17 (Stohl 2-6, Lucky 1-2, Jungels 0-2, Ayodale 0-7). Rebounds — Eastern New Mexico 33 (Wilson 7), Illinois Tech 33 (Lucky 11). Assists — Eastern New Mexico 16 (Largent 6), Illinois Tech 10 (Cornejo 6). Total fouls — Eastern New Mexico 26, Illinois Tech 26. Fouled out — Cross, Prince. A — 100.