ENMU basketball capsules
What/when: ENMU (7-3) vs. Southeastern Oklahoma (6-3) at 4 p.m. Saturday, vs. East Central (4-5) at 7:30 p.m. Monday
Where: Greyhound Arena
Notes: ENMU has won five in a row after blowing out undermanned Oklahoma Panhandle State 92-52 at home on Wednesday, its first game in 13 days. … Eastern coach was pleased with the way his team kept its focus against a Panhandle State team that is winless and just had its coach resign. “We really went out there and worked hard and kept on track with what we were trying to do,” Scanlan said. ... Junior F Travazz Buckley is averaging 17.3 points and 10.7 rebounds since becoming eligible three games ago, with a double-double in each game. … SOSU, picked for last place in the Lone Star Conference North Division, had a five-game winning streak snapped in its last outing, a 93-46 loss to Big 12 member Oklahoma State on Dec. 16 in Stillwater. … The Hounds beat the Savages 57-55 last year in Durant, Okla., starting a run of nine straight wins and 16 in 17 games. … The Savages have some size. Their leading scorers are 6-8 junior F/C Jeremy Brown (18.0) and 6-1 senior G Cedric Walker averages 10.8 points and a team-leading eight rebounds. … SOSU is 2-0 in crossover games against the South Division, beating Abilene Christian (66-64) and Angelo State (90-87 in overtime) at home. … Scanlan said Southeastern is the biggest team Eastern has faced other than New Mexico State. ... ECU returns the LSC’s leading scorer in 2002-03 (21.0 per game) in North preseason player of the year Jason Wilkerson. The 6-foot-5 senior guard is averaging 20.8 points — no one else is in double figures — and 10 rebounds this season. … ENMU won last year’s crossover contest 60-57 in Ada, Okla., then routed the Tigers 112-79 in a first-round LSC tournament game at Greyhound Arena in March. … In crossovers, ECU lost to Angelo 81-74 but beat ACU 73-69.
Quotable: “These are Lone Star Conference games so the intensity is going to pick up and these games are crucial for what happens later in the season.” — ENMU coach Shawn Scanlan.
What/when: ENMU (4-5) vs. Southeastern Oklahoma (1-7) at 2 p.m. Saturday, vs. East Central (4-4) at 5:30 p.m. Monday
Where: Greyhound Arena
Radio: KSEL-FM 95.3, Portales
Notes: The Zias have not played since losing at home to Colorado State-Pueblo 74-72 in overtime on Dec. 18. … SOSU’s only win came at St. Edward’s 65-57 on Dec. 8. … The Lady Savages are 0-2 in crossovers, including a 69-67 loss to ACU. … Team leaders are 5-10 senior F Stephanie Williams (14.8 ppg, 6 rpg) and 5-11 freshman G Jessica Hocker (12.5 ppg). … The Lady Savages beat Eastern 71-64 last season in Durant. … ECU split crossovers with Angelo (85-75 loss) and ACU (77-66 win). They’ve also beaten Texas A&M-Kingsville (56-38) at Kingsville in a tournament game which was counted as a crossover. … Leaders for the Lady Tigers are 5-10 senior F Lesli Shores (17.5 ppg, 7 rpg) and 6-0 senior C Stormy Griffith (15.2 ppg, 6.1 rpg). Griffin scored 32 points in the loss to Angelo and presents a formidable challenge, ENMU coach Dan Buzard said.. … The Lady Tigers downed the Zias 84-76 last year at Ada.
Quotable: “You’re always concerned coming out of a break if you’re going to have the same chemistry and intensity as you had before the break. But I think we’re going to be ready.” — ENMU coach Dan Buzard.