ENMU men's capsule — Dec. 18
December 17, 2013
ENMU (4-4) at Azusa Pacific (4-4)
When: 8:30 p.m. (MST) today at Azusa, Calif., about 26 miles northeast of Los Angeles
Radio: KSEL-FM 105.9
Last time out: The Greyhounds lost to Henderson State 89-82 on Saturday at Cameron, Okla. The Cougars defeated Fresno Pacific 80-69 at home on Monday for their first Pacific West Conference win (1-2).
Of note: Tonight’s game is the first meeting between the schools. … ENMU won its only previous true road game this season, a come-from-behind 84-79 verdict at Lubbock Christian on Nov. 19. The Hounds are 1-3 in neutral-court games after Saturday’s loss. … Former Kansas City Chiefs fullback Christian “The Nigerian Nightmare” Okoye is a graduate of Azusa Pacific. He played for the Chiefs from 1987-92, winning the NFL rushing title in 1989 and playing in two Pro Bowls. … It’s the third consecutive year the Hounds have played in California. They lost against Division I foes Long Beach State in 2011 and Cal Poly — by just three points — last season. … ENMU senior G Rodney Blackmon leads the Lone Star Conference in scoring (21.1 ppg) and is 27-for-53 (a league-best 51 percent) from 3-point range this season. … The Hounds have forced more turnovers than they’ve committed in each of their games this year. … ENMU leads the LSC and is 15th in NCAA Division II with an average of 10.4 3-pointers a game. … Junior G Troy Leaf paces APU in scoring (19.1 ppg), free throw shooting (86 percent) and 3-pointers (17). He tallied 25 points in Monday’s win, his fourth game of at least 20 this season. … Tonight’s matchup is the second of a four-game homestand for Azusa Pacific, in its second year of transitioning from the NAIA to NCAA Division II. … ENMU has three players from the Los Angeles area who will be playing close to home in Blackmon, senior G Rafael Love and senior F D.J. Hardwell. … This is the last outing for the Hounds until Jan. 1-2, when they will be in Rapid City, S.D., for games against host South Dakota School of Mines and Johnson & Wales.
— Compiled by Dave Wagner