Only a minute into the ball game, junior forward Duan Wright dunked the ball with authority to give his team a 2-0 lead that gave the fans in attendance at Hampton Inn Court a reason to get loud. The Javelinas would never look back on as they cruised to an 83-52 win over Eastern New Mexico University in their largest win of the season on Feb. 4.
In a game that not only showed athleticism and team basketball, the Javelinas looked to be in sync all game long for the first time all season. TAMUK went on a season best 16-0 run in the first half, which gave the Javelinas the exclamation point for the rest of the game.
“It’s a good feeling when you can come out and execute,” said Head Coach Johnny Estelle. “These kids have worked hard all year and have been disappointment with the way some games have gone, so it’s great to win one in front of our fans. We worked on some things we needed to improve on and a lot of our guys saw action.”
For Jordan Jahr, all season long most Javelina fans knew that a breakout game was just around the corner and Saturday night against ENM, that breakout game was delivered. Finishing with a season high 17-points on 5-of-10 shooting with seven rebounds, four steals and three assists, the senior forward knew that he was capable of having a night like this and knows that it also helps going forward throughout the rest of the season.
“It felt good and I knew I was capable of having a game like this,” Jahr said. “It’s good for our team going forward and we just have to keep playing well with the season coming close to an end.”
For ENM, their bright spot was guard John Gilliam who finished with game high 25-points on 7-16 shooting to lead all Greyhounds, though it proved not to be enough as ENM fell to 0-8 in the Lone Star Conference and 7-14 overall, which puts them at the bottom of the conference in 8th place. For TAMUK, consistent scoring was the story as 5 Javelinas finished in double-figures with Will West, Don Thomas and Troy Jones combing for 40-points.
With the win the Javelinas are now 7-13 overall and 2-6 in the LSC. With a two game road trip around the corner starting this Saturday against West Texas A&M in Canyon, Coach Estelle knows his guys will be ready for the challenge with the season coming close to an end and the NCAA tournament not far away.
“We are trying to change the culture here. We knew it was going to take some time, but we want to lay a winning foundation. That is what Javelina Nation is about. It was when I played here, and still is,” said Estelle. “It’s about playing hard, playing for each other, and the rich tradition and culture that is Javelina Nation. It is vital to have everyone contribute especially with the LSC Tournament right around the corner.”