As the 2009-10 season men’s basketball season approaches, BYUCougars.com continues to preview each of the Cougars’ opponents. Today’s preview-Eastern New Mexico.
BYU will go up against Eastern New Mexico in its first game of 2010, competing against the Greyhounds for the first time ever. Eastern New Mexico is a Division II squad, the second season in a row BYU has faced a D-II opponent after hosting Western Oregon last season.
The game will be the Cougars’ first at home in two weeks and the first of 2010. BYU will start Mountain West Conference play four days later at home against UNLV.
Head coach Andrew Helton is taking over in his first year with the Greyhound program. Previously, Helton helped lead both Texas A&M-Corpus Cristi and South Alabama to their respective conference championships and NCAA Tournament appearances.
Despite a down season that saw Eastern New Mexico finish 4-23 and winless in conference play, most members of the Greyhound roster have seen significant playing time. Equs Darby and Dannon Wafer, both senior guards, were the top two scorers from last year’s team, giving Eastern New Mexico a chance to improve greatly on 2008-09.
Player to Watch
Equs Darby, F, Sr., 6-5, 182
As a junior in 2008, Darby averaged a team-best 10.3 ppg, shooting .545 from the field and .729 from the free throw line. Darby was second on the team in minutes played, rebounds (126), and blocks (7). A 6-foot-5 swingman, Darby will look to be the key to cutting through BYU’s defense and opening up opportunities for his teammates on the perimeter.
Other Key Players
Dannon Wafer, F
Jimmie Marshall, G
Tommy York, C
Eastern New Mexico should be a nice matchup for the Cougars coming off of New Year celebrations before getting ready to begin the Mountain West Conference season.
Greyhounds at a Glance
|Head Coach ||Andrew Helton |
|At Eastern New Mexico ||1st year / 0-0 |
|2008-09 Record ||4-23 overall, 0-12 Lone Star |
|Home/Road/Neutral ||4-10, 0-10, 0-3 |
|Starters Ret/Lost ||3/2 |
|Lettermen Ret/Lost ||6/7 |
2008-09 Team Stats
|Points/Game ||61.1 |
|Points Allowed/Game ||70.9 |
|Field Goal % ||.442 |
|Opponent FG % ||.467 |
|Rebounds/Game ||32.2 |
|Assists/Game ||11.6 |
|Steals/Game ||7.9 |
|Blocks/Game ||2.3 |
Returning Stat Leaders
|Points/Game ||Equs Darby, 10.3 |
|Rebounds/Game ||Dannon Wafer, 7.0 |
|Assists/Game ||Jimmie Marshall, 3.0 |
|Steals ||Dannon Wafer, 48 |
|Blocks ||Tommy York, 19 |
|Three-pointers ||Equs Darby, 8 |