Commerce roughs up Hounds in sweep
Last updated 1/19/2022 at 12:01pm
UPDATE: Thursday’s mens game against ASG. Mary’s has been postponed due to COVID-19 protocols with the Rattlers program. The women’s game against St. Mary’s and Saturday’s doubleheader remain on the schedule.
COMMERCE, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University’s road woes continued on Saturday as the Greyhounds dropped Lone Star Conference decisions to Texas A&M-Commerce, 92-60 in the men’s game and 94-65 in the women’s contest.
For the season, ENMU is 1-7 in neutral-site and true road games on the men’s side while the women, who have played only two home games, have won both of their neutral-site tilts but are 2-5 on the road.
ENMU’s men fell behind 7-0 at the outset before junior guard JaQuan Morris’ layup got them on the board nearly three minutes in. Still, they kept the game relatively close during the first half.
Junior guard Cornell Greenwood’s 3 pulled ENMU to 19-17 with under 12 minutes left in the half. Commerce’s biggest lead in the stanza was 11 points, but the Greyhounds (6-8, 2-3 LSC) were within 39-31 at the intermission.
The game got away quickly when play resumed, though. Commerce (11-3, 3-2) held the Hounds scoreless for nearly five minutes, building an 18-point cushion before freshman guard Kentrell Pullian broke the ice with a 3-pointer at the 15:09 mark.
The Lions pushed the lead to 30 points on a layup by sophomore forward Alex Peavy with 7:37 to go, and it was never less than that the rest of the way. Their biggest margin was 37 points (92-55) with just under 90 seconds left.
Commerce shot 60 percent from the field (36-of-60), including 18-of-32 from 3-point distance. Peavy led four Lions in double figures, going 7-of-8 from the floor for 17 points off the bench, while senior guard Jarius Roberson added 15 on 5-of-10 from 3-point distance and senior guard Augustine Ene and junior guard Leo Lara both scored 12.
Meantime, the Lions held ENMU to 33 percent (20-of-61). Pullian finished with 14 points while junior guard Cornell Greenwood went 3-for-5 from beyond the arc and en route to 11 points.
In the women’s clash, the NCAA Division II sixth-ranked Lions (13-1, 3-1) broke away from an 8-8 tie with an 11-0 surge and closed out the first quarter with a 28-13 lead.
The Hounds (5-6, 1-4) rallied with the first seven points of the third segment to cut what had been a 23-point deficit to eight, but A&M-Commerce held them to just three field goals over the final 7 1/2 minutes of the half in racing to a 53-34 lead. ENMU started the third period with a 12-6 run, featuring points from four players, but the high-scoring quarter (23 points each) ended with the Lions still comfortably in front 76-57.
ENMU had 22 offensive rebounds and outrebounded Commerce 39-38 for the game, led by senior post MeMe Amand with 12, but the Hounds shot just 33 percent from the field (2-of-13 from 3-point range) and were outscored by the Lions in bench points 46-13.
Sophomore guard Dyani Robinson led Commerce with 19 points and eight assists, while freshman forward Laila Lawrence scored 17 off the bench, sophomore forward DesiRay Kernal added 14 and senior guard Chania Wright had 10.
Senior guard Iyanna McCurdy hit 10-of-17 shots from the floor to lead all scorers with 22 points for ENMU. Amand went 7-of-7 from the foul line and posted a double-double with 15 points.
Commerce has won the last five meetings between the teams and pulled even 34-34 in the all-time series.
ENMU squads return to Greyhound Arena this week for LSC matchups against St. Mary’s on Thursday and St. Edward’s on Saturday.