CANYON, Texas — Eastern New Mexico University men’s basketball coach Shawn Scanlan said the Greyhounds aren’t playing defense well enough to win games.
The coach’s observation was especially true against Lone Star Conference South Division rival West Texas A&M, which beat ENMU 91-79 Tuesday night at the First United Bank Center in Canyon.
The loss drops the Greyhounds (9-11, 3-3) to third in the LSC South.
West Texas (12-8, 4-2) shot better than 56 percent from 3-point range, including an 8-of-13 first half, and Scanlan said the Hounds weren’t defending anything.
“Defensively we played as badly as we have all year long,” Scanlan said. “We’re in a rut right now, we’re not guarding anybody.”
Tristan Largent led the way for the Hounds with 24 points, followed by junior guard Justin Redman-Trotter’s 15 points.
West Texas guard Damien Lolar led all scorers with 27 points and forward Moshn Said added 15. Both hit two treys as the Buffaloes made 13-of-23 from beyond the arc.
“(West Texas’) threes were open, we left people open and they hit them,” Scanlan said. “What’s worse than that is the guys that are proven 3-point shooters were left open. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that these guys can shoot threes.”
ENMU went on a 19-6 run early in the second half, cutting a 47-35 halftime deficit to four points. West Texas responded with an 18-4 run to rebuild a 15-point lead.
“You’ve got to have a base to play off of, and right now we haven’t established any aspect of the game that we can fall back on,” Scanlan said. “We don’t have a foundation to play off of right now.”