Hounds rally past Angelo in LSC South opener

CNJ staff

SAN ANGELO, Texas — Junior guard Tristan Largent converted a 3-point play and a 3-point basket on consecutive trips downcourt, putting Eastern New Mexico University in front during an 11-0 second-half run Thursday night, and the Greyhounds went on to beat Angelo State 74-64 in a Lone Star Conference South Division men’s game.

The Greyhounds (7-9, 1-0 South) trailed by 14 points with 1 1/2 minutes to go in the half, but rallied to extend their winning streak to three. Senior guard Jolen Montoya led a balanced attack with 15 points, including 8-of-8 free throws, followed by Largent with 14 points.

Junior guard Ontario McKee scored 16 points and J.R. Pittman and Brian Young added 11 apiece for the Rams (8-10, 0-3). Young finished with a double-double, grabbing a game-high 10 rebounds.

Mychael Henry and Quinn Barfield hit 3-pointers to give Angelo a 6-0 start in the first 30 seconds, but the Hounds rallied to take a 10-8 lead on Stephen Wilson’s 3-pointer.

After the teams traded points for a while, McKee’s 3-pointer with 12:56 to go in the half put the Rams in front 19-17 and kicked off a 20-5 run, capped by Maso Hamilton’s trey with 1:32 left in the half which made it 36-22.

ENMU closed to 37-28 at halftime, but still trailed 42-34 after Pittman’s 3-point play with 18:08 to go. The Hounds then held Angelo scoreless for more than 4 1/2 minutes in surging to the lead.

The Rams managed one more tie, at 46-46 with 13 minutes left, but baskets by Donald Young and Mikal Monette put ENMU in front for good. It was still 52-51 with nine minutes remaining, but the Hounds slowly pulled away and iced the win by hitting 7-of-8 free throws in the final minute.

ENMU shot 52 percent from the field in the second half in outscoring the Rams 46-27, and finished the night 28-for-40 from the free throw line. Freshman guard Joshua Jackson added 11 points off the bench, including 7-of-8 free throws, while Monette finished with 10 points.

The Rams, who shot 55 percent from the field in the opening half, cooled off to 31 percent in the final 20 minutes. They were just 1-of-12 from 3-point range after the break.