Hounds start slow, fall at Abilene Christian

CNJ STAFF

ABILENE, Texas — Cameron Holson’s 3-pointer after just 16 seconds kicked off a game-opening 17-5 run that included five 3-pointers, and Abilene Christian held off Eastern New Mexico University 82-73 on Saturday in Lone Star Conference South Division men’s basketball.

Senior guard Demarquez Rembert scored 33 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and senior forward Mauro Matai also had a double-double with 10 points and 11 boards for the Wildcats (8-11, 3-1 South). Abilene Christian saw an 18-point lead after 8 1/2 minutes dwindle to six at halftime, but Rembert scored 20 of his points in the second half and the Greyhounds (7-10, 1-1) were unable to get closer than five.

Abilene Christian shot 54 percent for the game, finishing about 50 percent in each half, while limiting the Hounds to 34 percent. ENMU stayed in striking range with the help of 20-of-25 shooting from the free throw line.

Junior guard Tristan Largent led five Hounds in double figures with 17 points while freshman guard Joshua Jackson added 13. They were a combined 15-of-15 from the free throw line.

Senior guard Jolen Montoya scored 12 points on four 3-pointers for ENMU. Junior guard Stephen Wilson and junior forward Mikal Monette each had 11 points.

Four players had a 3-pointer in Abilene Christian’s early run, including the first two from Holson. The margin grew to 29-11 on Tiago Souza’s trey with 11 1/2 to play in the half, and was still 37-21 with six minutes left.

Eastern then went on a 12-2 run, fueled by two Montoya 3-pointers, to cut the lead to six. Another Montoya trey in the final seconds made it 42-36 at the half.

The Hounds trailed by 10 a couple of times early in the second half, but got as close as 51-46 on Monette’s free throw with 12:57 to go. Junior guard Norman Alexander then responded with a 3-pointer on the Wildcats’ next trip, and the lead was never under eight points after that.

Rembert finished 14-of-22 from the field, including 4-of-9 from 3-point range.