Ram Basketball edges out Eastern New Mexico

Rams get win as they head to the Lone Star Conference tournament

By Rosanna Aguilera
On March 1, 2018

Photo by Brit Raley
Ja’Michael Brown, junior guard, maneuvers around Eastern New Mexico defense as he makes his way to the basket. Brown had a career-high on 10 assists that night.

The Rams basketball team won its game in a second-half comeback against Eastern New Mexico University 86-83 Thursday night.

The Rams stopped ENMU in the second half, forcing overtime and winning the game.

The lead shifted between teams in the first half, but the Greyhounds went into halftime with a three-point lead.

In the second half, ENMU continued to increase their lead to double-digits until the 6:40 mark, when the Rams recovered.

Junior guard Davion Cole-Johnson played a big role in the team’s comeback, earning 16 points throughout the game.

Head Coach Cinco Boone said the team didn’t do well on rebounds. They were out-rebounded 48-37.

"I didn’t feel like our defense was that tight in the first half, giving up 43 points," Boone said.

Boone said they made adjustments in the second half.

"I thought our guys had a better fight and guarded the ball a little bit better; to go from 43-28 points is a big reason why we were able to get the game into overtime," Boone said.

Junior guard Ja’Michael Brown led the team with 26 points and earned his first career double-double with 10 assists.

"The win was really big, coming in off of a 0-3 slump," Brown said. "This game was a bounce back game for us; we really needed it."

Brown said they always want to protect their home court and get a win.

"It’s going to give us the hungriness and have us really to come in and play," Brown said.

Boone said overall it was a crazy game but a good win for them.

"We had different guys step up and make some big plays at different times," Boone said.

Boone said Eastern New Mexico shocked them by playing a zone defense.

"They hadn’t played that much zone in the last month, and they jump out here and play it," Boone said. "Our guys just adjusted and fought through adversity."

Boone said they had a specific goal for the week.

"We’ve been calling it ‘senior week’ instead of ‘senior day’," Boone said, "Tonight was for the seniors."

Boone said they wanted to send the seniors out on a 2-0.

"That’s been our chant; that’s going to be our echo," Boone said.

Boone said he thinks they won the game with their preparation the days before the game.

"We’re proud to be able to come out with a win," Boone said.

The Rams will start the Lone Star Conference Basketball Tournament on March 2 in Frisco at the Dr. Pepper Arena.

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