Gents Prepare for Tussle with Familiar Foe in Stephen F. Austin
This is the 41st meeting all-time between the Gents and Lumberjacks
Gents Prepare for Tussle with Familiar Foe in Stephen F. Austin
Friday, December 2, 2016
Centenary (2-5)
Stephen F. Austin (3-3)
12/3/2016 | Nacogdoches, Texas (WRJ Coliseum) | Attendance: 3024
Stephen F. Austin385290
Stats at a GlanceCENTMBSFA
FG Percentage.346 (18-52) .544 (31-57)
3P FG Percentage.313 (5-16) .357 (10-28)
FT Percentage.783 (18-23) .750 (18-24)
Offensive Rebounds911
Defensive Rebounds1930
Total Rebounds2841
Bench Points5033
Statistical LeadersCENTMBSFA
PointsJames Sapp - 17
Cameron - 15
ReboundsJames Sapp - 6
TEAM - 6
Holyfield - 8
AssistsKJ Boyd - 2
Travion Kirkendoll - 2
James Sapp - 2
Augustin - 5
StealsKJ Boyd - 2
Treylan Matthews - 2
Wyatt Behara - 2
Gilmore III - 2
Cameron - 2
Holyfield - 2
BlocksWyatt Behara - 1
Mitchell Tarantolo - 1
Holyfield - 2

The Opening Tip

It will be the 41st meeting between the Centenary (2-4) and Stephen F. Austin (2-3) when the familiar rivals square off Saturday, December 3, in Nacogdoches, Texas. The game will be live on ESPN3.

Centenary holds a 21-19 advantage in the series that dates back to 1927, but the Lumberjacks have won the last three (the two teams met in the 2011-12 season, but it was a countable game for Stephen F. Austin while an exhibition for the Maroon and White).


• Centenary (2-4) meets old rival Stephen F. Austin for the first time in a countable game for both teams since the 2005-06 season.
• The Gents and Lumberjacks were 15-15 against each other through the 1955-56 season before a 30-year break in the series.
• Senior James Sapp leads the Southern Collegiate
Athletic Conference in both points (21.0) & rebounds (10.7) per game. The last time an SCAC player led both categories for a season was Andrew King (Hendrix) in 07-08.
• Junior Travion Kirkendoll is 13 away from becoming the 33rd Gent with 1,000 career points. Sapp became the 32nd to reach that mark in the season opener.
• Through the first six games of the season, six different Gents have led the team in scoring for a contest.



Reaching 1,000
In the first game of the 2016-17 season, senior James Sapp became the 32nd Gents basketball player to reach 1,000 career points. The next game, he reached the 700-career rebound plateau. If he averages 11.5 rebounds in a 27-game schedule, he will become only the third Gent to reach 1,000 in both points and rebounds for a career. He will join such greats as Robert Parish (one of the 50 greatest NBA Players of All-Time) and Willie Jackson (3-time Trans-Atlantic Athletic Conference [now Atlantic Sun] Player of the Year.
Hot on the heals of Sapp is junior Travion Kirkendoll. Kirkendoll just needs 13 points to reach 1,000 points.


Storming Back
While the Gents have trailed by double-digits in 5-of-6 games this season, teams would be wise not to sleep.
After trailing by 14 in the first half and by 12 against Hendrix on Nov. 19, Centenary went on a 9-0 run in the first 1:26 of the second half, taking its first lead of the game, 47-45, with 15:00 minutes left in the game. The Gents led by as much as six, but won it one a buzzer beater from near halfcourt by junior Travion Kirkendoll.
After trailing McMurry by 18 with 12:17 left to go in the game on Nov. 27, Centenary pulled within three with 2:22 remaining. However, McMurry made 8-of-9 from the charity stripe to put the game away.
In the Maroon and White's most recent game at the University of the Ozarks, the Gents trailed 28-11 10 minutes into the ballgame. Centenary answered with 21-straight points, including scoring on eight-straight possessions. The Gents made 8-of-9 shots during the stretch.


Familiar Foes
The meeting between Stephen F. Austin and Centenary will be the 41st meeting all-time. The two teams split 30 meetings from 1927 through 1956. After a 30-year break, the teams met 10 times. The 2011 meeting was an exhibition for the Gents.


Next Up

Centenary will honor the 2015-16 athlete of the year when Pelican State-rival Louisiana College visits the Gold Dome on December 8. New for this year, all Centenary basketball games will have free admission.