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Hounds fall to Dustdevils in LSC play

 

Last updated 1/1/2022 at 1:37pm



LAREDO, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University’s Lone Star Conference schedule got off to a bumpy start on Friday.

First, the ENMU women shot less than 30 percent from the field in falling to Texas A&M International 71-43. Then the men saw a 15-point, second-half lead evaporate in a 72-63 setback at the hands of the Dustdevils.

Today’s scheduled ENMU men’s tilt at Texas A&M-Kingsville was postponed earlier this week due to COVID-19 protocols for the Javelinas, as was Kingsville’s Friday clash against top-ranked Lubbock Christian. A release on the Kingsville website said “all schools will consider options to reschedule the contests at a later date.”

ENMU (4-6 overall) was playing for the first time since losing at Western New Mexico on Dec. 9.

International overcame horrid shooting with a late surge after trailing the Greyhounds 42-27 with 15 minutes left.

To that point, the Dustdevils (9-2) were shooting just under 25 percent from the field (10-of-41), but the rest of the way they were 9-of-18. International went on a 17-1 blitz to take a 44-43 lead with just under 11 minutes left.

Then, after a Niko Bossinakis basket put ENMU back in front briefly, the Dustdevils took the lead for good 48-45 on a 3-point shot by junior guard Jermaine Drewey with 8:52 to go.

It stayed close for much of the remaining time. A 3-point play with 2:07 left by International’s Laquiem Walker made it 62-56 and kicked off a game-ending 13-7 run for the Dustdevils.

Walker went 9-of-12 from the free throw line to finish with 21 points for International, followed by 20 points from Drewey and 13 off the bench from sophomore forward Tyrese Davis.

ENMU was led by 14 points from freshman guard Kentrell Pullian and 10 each from junior guard JaQuan Morris and senior forward Yosnier Cobas.

International 71, ENMU women 43 — The Dustdevils (10-1), whose only loss this season came at St. Leo (Fla.) on Dec. 8, won their fourth in a row, making short work of an ENMU squad also playing for the first time in 22 days.

As of Friday night, today’s women’s game at Kingsville was still slated to be played.

International ran away to a 42-16 halftime lead, and the teams pretty much traded points the rest of the way.

The Greyhounds (4-3) dominated the glass 37-27 with senior guard Iyanna McCurdy posting a double-double with a season-best 19 points and 11 rebounds. McCurdy shot 8-for-17 from the floor, but the rest of the team was only 9-of-43.

International shot 47 percent from the field, including 8-of-11 in the second quarter when it outscored the Hounds 26-8. The Dustdevils scored 39 points in the game off 34 ENMU turnovers.

Four players finished in double digits for International — sophomore guard/forward Clara Fernandez with 18 points, sophomore guard/forward Emily Swierca with 11 and sophomore forward Raiana Brown and freshman guard Evelyn Quiros with 10 apiece. Quiros also collected eight assists.

Both ENMU teams play at home twice this week, beginning with a doubleheader against Oklahoma Christian on Thursday at Greyhound Arena.

 
 

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