ENMU basketball capsule
December 12, 2003
Eastern New Mexico (4-3) vs. Incarnate Word (6-1)
When: 6:30 p.m. (MST) Saturday
Where: O’Connor High School, San Antonio
Notes: Saturday’s game will be played off-campus because of midyear graduation ceremonies scheduled for UIW’s McDermott Center. … The teams met on Nov. 18 in Portales, with ENMU posting a 76-62 win. The Crusaders have won five in a row since then. … The Greyhounds held Incarnate well below its 48-percent season shooting average (20-of-54). … UIW, a member of the Heartland Conference, owns wins over Lone Star Conference members Central Oklahoma (73-57), Southeastern Oklahoma (65-59), Texas A&M-Commerce (76-63) and Texas A&M-Kingsville (68-66). All were at home except for Kingsville. … With semester finals ending today, ENMU men’s coach Shawn Scanlan is hopeful 6-foot-5 junior F Travazz Buckley gains his eligibility, perhaps even in time to make the trip. That would help because 6-5 junior F Edmound Elzy (sprained ankle), limited to four minutes in last weekend’s one-point wins at Central Oklahoma and Northeastern State, is not expected to play. … Senior F Robert Tovar leads the Crusaders in scoring (15.9 ppg), followed by senior G D’ Hudson (15.4) and 6-7 senior F Chris Johnson (10.7). All scored in double figures in the earlier meeting at Greyhound Arena. … Tovar was the Heartland Conference’s preseason player of the year. … Johnson leads UIW in rebounding (6.3) while Hudson, from Shallowater, averages 5.6 assists and is shooting 55 percent from 3-point range (17-of-31).
Quotable: “I know they’re (Crusaders) going to be ready. They left town disappointed last time, and maybe felt like they didn’t get a fair shake. … They’re a good team, with good size. We thought we were going to be deeper, but the situation with Edmound affects us.” — ENMU men’s basketball coach Shawn Scanlan.