Rams outlast Greyhounds in conference showdown

CNJ staff

SAN ANGELO, Texas — Senior guard Maso Hamilton scored all 11 of his points off the bench in the second half and started two long runs with 3-pointers as Angelo State outlasted Eastern New Mexico University 73-63 in a Lone Star Conference South Division men’s game.

Hamilton’s first 3-pointer came with 14:23 left and cut a six-point ENMU lead to 44-41. The Rams (20-5, 8-2), who clinched a berth in the LSC postseason tournament with the win, went on a 10-0 run in just over two minutes, and eventually built a seven-point lead with eight minutes to go.

The Greyhounds (4-21, 0-11), who dropped their 13th consecutive game, mounted a 7-0 spurt that featured a layup by Brandon Wilson, two free throws by Dannon Wafer and a 3-point play by Wafer to tie it 58-58 with 6:27 left.

Hamilton answered by knocking down a 3-pointer at the 5:20 mark to break the tie and set off a 12-0 Rams surge. ENMU did not score again until junior guard Aaron King’s basket with 1:04 left made it 70-60.

Senior center Malik Motnii went 8-of-9 from the field and led four Rams in double figures with 17 points, while senior forward Shavar Burch added 14 points and a game-high nine rebounds.

King finished with a season-best 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting for the Hounds, including 4-of-6 from 3-point range. Junior forward Equs Darby had 13 points off the bench while Wafer, who had eight rebounds, and Wilson notched 10 points apiece.

ENMU fell behind 5-0 early, but battled back to take a 14-10 lead on a 3-pointer by King with 14:48 left in the half.

Neither team led by more than four points the rest of the half. ENMU held the Rams without a field goal over the final 2 1/2 minutes and led 33-30 at the break.

The Hounds shot 54 percent from the field and hit 8-of-15 from 3-point range, but they couldn’t overcome 19 turnovers and Angelo’s 20-5 scoring advantage from the foul line.