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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

Radio: KSEL-FM 95.3, Portales

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 Shawn ScanlanTravazz 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 (11.3), while 6-8 freshman F Eric Babers 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 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.”


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.

— Compiled by Dave Wagner


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