ABILENE, Texas — Senior guard Dante Adams scored 16 points Tuesday night, leading three Abilene Christian players in double figures as the Wildcats turned back Eastern New Mexico University 68-58 in the Lone Star Conference South Division men’s opener for both teams.
ENMU (4-12 overall) scored first on a basket by Equs Darby on its first possession of the game, but Adams hit a 3-pointer on the next trip down to give the Wildcats (7-7) the lead for good.
Senior forward Dejan Sencanski added 15 points and senior guard Cameron Holson 13 for Abilene Christian. Darby’s 13 points paced the Greyhounds, while junior guard Aaron King added 12 points and junior guard Jimmy Marshall came off the bench for 10 points and five assists.
Darby went 6-for-8 from the field and the Hounds shot 49 percent as a team (26-of-53), including a 16-for-27 performance in the second half, but they couldn’t overcome 21 turnovers.
The Wildcats opened a 19-10 lead nine minutes into the game, but a 3-pointer and two free throws by King and a layup by sophomore post Tommy York cut the margin to two points.
Marshall’s layup kept ENMU within 24-21 with 6 1/2 minutes left in the half, but the Hounds scored just two more points the rest of the period.
Two free throws by Kendrick Johnson and a 3-pointer by Sencanski in the final minute gave the Wildcats a 35-23 halftime lead.
ACU extended its lead to 45-29 less than five minutes into the second half. The Hounds went on a 7-0 run capped by a Gerald Brown jumper with 12:42 left, but the margin stayed between seven and 11 points the rest of the way.