Slow-starting Hounds fall to Bearcats

CNJ staff

SAN ANTONIO — Northwest Missouri State held Eastern New Mexico University’s men scoreless for more than six minutes at the start and the Bearcats posted a 71-49 win over the Greyhounds on Sunday in the River City Classic, hosted by St. Mary’s.

ENMU (2-9), which has dropped six in a row, fell behind 8-0 before junior forward Dannon Wafer made a jumper at the 13:48 mark.

Sophomore forward Elijah Allen went 8-for-12 from the field and led four Northwest Missouri players in double figures with 18 points. Senior forward Hunter Henry added 13 points and six rebounds, while junior guards DaJuan Harris and Edriss Floyd scored 11 points apiece for the Bearcats (5-5), who shot 60 percent for the game (28-of-47).

ENMU, meantime, finished at 37 percent from the field and put no one in double figures. Junior forward Emus Darby and junior guard Aaron King scored eight points each, while Wafer collected seven points to go with a game-high 12 rebounds.

After their slow start, the Hounds closed to two points three times before a 3-point play by junior guard Justin Reynolds made it 25-24 with 2:40 left in the half.

Leading 30-26 at halftime, the Bearcats scored the first six points when play resumed and maintained leads ranging from six to 12 points for most of the rest of the contest.

Jamaal Hadley’s 3-point basket kept ENMU within 52-43 with 7:44 left, but the Hounds went just 1-for-7 from the floor after that. Northwest Missouri finished the game on a 13-3 run over the final five minutes to post its biggest margin.

The Hounds are back in action on Monday in a 7 p.m. clash with Lubbock Christian at Greyhound Arena.