Southeastern ousts Hounds from LSC tourney

CNJ staff

DURANT, Okla. — Eastern New Mexico University scored the first basket Tuesday night. The rest was pretty much downhill.

Junior guard Jason Stampley led five players in double figures with 21 points and Southeastern Oklahoma routed the Greyhounds 93-63 in a first-round game of the Lone Star Conference tournament.

Southeastern (18-9), the No. 1 seed in the North, will host the LSC semifinals and finals this weekend.

Junior forward Ira Cross scored 13 points and junior guard Travis Carr added 12 for the Hounds (12-16), who earned the South’s fourth and final tournament berth on the final day of the regular season.

Eastern handed Southeastern 83-65 in January, a contest in which the Hounds never trailed after the first two minutes and finished the night 13-for-23 from 3-point range.

Junior forwards Eric Babers and Matt White each finished with 17 points for Southeastern, while sophomore guard Kyric Rambo came off the bench for 15 points and senior forward Robert Aitken added 14.

Stampley played the entire 40 minutes and Babers did not come out until the final minute for the Savage Storm, which went most of the way with seven players.

Senior guard Jolen Montoya’s basket put the Hounds in front 90 seconds into the game, and his 3-pointer pulled ENMU to 6-5 before Southeastern went on a 10-0 run that included two 3-pointers by Aitken and two layups by White.

The Hounds closed the margin to five points twice, the latter at 33-28 on a jump shot by freshman guard Josh Jackson, before the Savage Storm scored the next 11 points to re-establish control.

Aitken opened the second half with a 3-pointer for a 47-32 lead. The Hounds were within 53-39 on a basket by Cross with 17 minutes left, but the Stampley made all three free throws after he was fouled on a 3-point attempt by Carr on Southeastern’s next trip, setting off a 17-2 run that made it a 29-point game with 11 minutes left.