DURANT, Okla. – It was not until Carlin Whitten deflected Eastern New Mexico’s (2-6) last-ditch three with 1 second left to preserve the 44-42 victory that Southeastern (1-8) could finally celebrate a win, the first in the newly opened Southeastern Arena.
The win also snaps one of the longest losing streaks in school history of 26 games dating back to last season, with SE’s last win coming on Dec. 18, 2007, over Missouri Western State.
That streak is behind them now, but it did not come easy.
SE scored the first six points of the game, but the Greyhounds answered with the next 10 as the Storm hit a drought of 9:08 in which they were unable to score a point, but only found themselves down 10-6 when Mychal Horn hit a jumper to end get Southeastern back on the board.
The Storm would regain the lead at 14-10 and again at 16-12, but ENMU hit a late 5-1 run to knot the score at 17-17 at halftime.
The second half continued to be back-and-forth with ENMU leading and SE tying before a Derrien Williams three gave the Storm its first lead of the second half at 28-25.
The Hounds would tie the game four more times after that, but a Whitten layup with 5:57 to play gave SE a 37-35 lead, and one which they would not relinquish.
The Storm would lead by as many as five down the stretch before holding on, through some tough defense in the final seconds, to the 44-42 win.
William Slones continued to fill up the stat sheet, finishing off his fifth double-double of the season with game-highs of 17 points and 10 rebounds.
Horn also chipped in double-digit points with 12, while Derrien Williams added seven.
Southeastern will be back in action at Southeastern Arena when it hosts West Texas A&M at 8 p.m. on Dec. 15.