(February 1, 2018) — Eastern New Mexico took the lead for good on back-to-back 3-pointers as part of an 8-0 run just before the midway point of the second half and went on to beat Tarleton State 61-57 in a Lone Star Conference tilt at Greyhound Arena in Portales Thursday night.
Neither team shot the ball particularly well, but ENMU did hit 45 percent in the second half and made all its 11 free throw attempts, while Tarleton’s three leading scorers combined to hit just 15 of 40 shots and the percentages dropped from there.
The Texans shot just 39 percent including just 2-13 from 3 -15 percent – in the second half.
ENMU didn’t have a single double-digit scorer but received contributions from up and down its roster, while Tarleton didn’t move the ball as well as during its preceding five-game stretch that included four wins.
The Greyounds were led by Devin Pullum with nine while LeMarquis Thompson, Nick Brown and Jamani Pierce each added eight.Arcaim Lallemond grabbed 10 rebounds.
Corinthian Ramsey led everyone with 15 points, but was 6-20 rom the floor including only 2-10 from the arc. He missed an uncontested finger roll that head coach Lonn Reisman would have liked to see be a layup instead just before the first half buzzer, so the tarleton lead was just 30-26.
Deshawn Riddick scored 13 and Jaraan Lands had the game’s only double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Josh Hawley put nine boards next to six points in a rather quiet stat line by the sophomore forward’s standards.
It was 36-33 before back-to-back 3-pointers by Thompson and Brown followed by a layup from Pullum with 11:10 to play, eight straight points in a span of 80 seconds to put the Hounds on top for good.
The Texans made it a single-possession game seven times over the final 11 minutes, but after a Riddick 3-pointer to pull within two with 3:43 still to go, they did not score again until a Lands 3 at the buzzer. ENMU hit just one jumper during the same strtetch, but a pair of freet hrows with 11 seconds left made it 61-55 to secure the Greyhound win.
IN A WORD – ‘SELFISH’ (Reisman’word, not mine)
“Bottom line is that tonight we were selfish. We were selfish tonight,” said Lonn Reisman, “Tonight, we penetrate and – we don’t look for open shooters – we decide to shoot it over three people. Tonight, we kind of regressed and that’s disappointing.” – Quote from Tarleton Athletic Communications report on TarletonSports.com
FEW AND FAR BETWEEN:
ENMU victories over Tarleton are a rarity. The Greyhounds snapped Tarleton’s 12-game series win streak Thursday evening,and prior to the last loss, the Texans had won 18 straight against the Hounds. ENMU beat Tarleton for just the eighth time in 51 meetings overall and the sixth time in 24 confrontations in Portales.
HOUNDS GO DEEP:
ENMU is in just it’s second year under Sigler, who by all accounts is quite the bright young coach. They are not consistent enough yet to break through into the upper echelon of the LSC, but young players like Devin Pullum show the talent is on the rise, and in terms of depth, they are already on par with the best of the LSC. Take this win for example, as their bench outscored their starters 34-27.
TOO MUCH OF ONE, NOT ENOUGH OF THE OTHERS:
Reisman would like to see Ramsey focus on five or more assists to keep the ball moving and believes when that happens, he will naturally get his own scoring opportunities along the way, such as last week, when he averaged 26 points and 8 assists and was LSC Offensive Player of hte Week. It was back to the old Ramsey Thursday, though, with 15 points on 6-20 shooting with only three helpers…Only six shot attempts in 34 minutes by Josh Hawley? Surely that will remain the exception and not become the norm. And Anthony Davis appeared on the internet live stream to be quite active in his four minutes. Tarleton needs more out of the reigning LSC Freshman of the Year.
ALL THAT AND…
It’s just a four point loss in a tough road environment with what should be a win regardless where the game is played coming up next. The Texans have still won four of their last six in one of the toughest conferences in all of Division II basketball. They need to make it 5 of 7 on Saturday in Silver City.
Tip time is about 4 p.m. Saturday at Western New Mexico, then comes another week on the road with the tough stop at Angelo State Thursday for a date with a very good Rams team. Then comes more southward travel with A&M-Kingsville on Saturday. The drive, Kingsville, the Steinke Center… it’s never easy.