Hounds struggle staying afloat

CNJ staff

PORTALES — So far, the Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball team is mostly treading water.

For the Greyhounds to reach their potential, coach Shawn Scanlan said their defense must pick up.

ENMU (2-3) hosts Lone Star Conference crossover games against Southwestern Oklahoma tonight and Cameron on Saturday at Greyhound Arena, and Scanlan said the Hounds will have to play well if they hope to beat either one.

Southwestern is off to a 4-0 start with four double-figure wins under first-year coach Todd Thurman, while the Aggies improved to 3-1 with an 87-72 rout of Pittsburg State on Tuesday at Lawton, Okla.

Scanlan said Southwestern will try to push tempo against the Hounds.
“They’re playing fast and wide-open,” he said. “There’s not any question they’ve got a good team.”

The Hounds went 2-1 last week, but Saturday’s 92-65 setback to Central Missouri at Warrensburg, Mo., did not sit well with Scanlan. He said the Hounds didn’t compete particularly well against an unbeaten Mules team ranked No. 17 in NCAA Division II.

“I was not at all pleased with the way we played,” he said.

Last year on the road, ENMU had an awful time against both of this weekend’s opponents. They lost to Southwestern 61-43 and to Cameron 58-42.