ENMU coach Shawn Scalan talks to his team during a timeout. (Freedom Newspapers: Leslie Spence)
By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers
PORTALES — The Eastern New Mexico University Greyhounds shook off the effects of an L-tryptophan hangover and injuries to the starting lineup to defeat the Adams State College 69-57 Saturday at Greyhound Arena.
ENMU (3-1) got all they could handle early in the its home-opener from a greatly improved Adams State squad. It took the Hounds most of the first half to get a lead on the Grizzlies, but once they did, the cold-shooting Adams State (1-1) team never recovered.
“I was not surprised,” said ENMU coach Shawn Scanlan. “We expected a tough game. They’re a year older and a lot better than what we saw last year.”
Scanlan said the preseason game tape they had on Adams State had shown how tough they could be.
“If they can play three Division I teams that close, they’re good,” Scanlan said. “I wasn’t unhappy with our defense.”
The Hounds built a 10-point advantage midway through the second half as things began to swing their way. Adams State made one final run at the home team as ENMU’s primary inside threat Ira Cross fouled out with 2:50 left. A few seconds later, Grizzly Greg Baker canned a two-pointer to make it 63-57. But that was as close as Adams State got.
Travis Carr and Tristan Largent sealed the win for the Greyhounds with 4-of-4 free throw shooting from each player down the stretch.
Carr, a 6-foot-1 junior from Colorado Springs, Colo., stepped up from a five-point average over the first three games to lead the Hounds with 18. Largent, a 5-11 guard from West Virginia, had 16 and Albuquerque’s Mikal Monette scored 11.
Scanlan was pleased with Carr’s performance for more reasons than just his scoring production.
“His presence was better,” Scanlan said. “Tonight he led with his defense which helped him on offense.”
The Hounds were without the services of senior guard Jolen Montoya, who apparently strained a tendon in the chest during practice Thursday. Scanlan said it was originally feared that their might have been a break, but MRI’s showed no break. Montoya is day to day right now according to the coach.