Blount's Career Night Lifts Gents Over Sul Ross, 65-61
Friday, January 6, 2012
SHREVEPORT-Sophomore Jonathan Blount's career-high 23 points and final 13 points in the last eight minutes lifted the Centenary men's basketball team to an exciting 65-61 victory over Sul Ross on Thursday evening in the Gold Dome.

With the win, the Gents improved to 2-7 on the year under second year head coach Adam Walsh. The victory snapped a three-game skid and both wins this season have come in front of a home crowd.

Blount's 23 points came on 6-of-12 from the field, 2-of-5 from deep, and 9-of-11 from the free throw line. The Shreveport guard took matters into his own hands in the final minutes of play with his made three-pointer that gave the Gents a 60-58 lead with two minutes left. When the Gents saw themselves down by one point (60-61), Blount knocked down all four free throws to secure the win.

Also producing another career-night was sophomore transfer Jairus Browning with 14 points on 4-of-5 from deep, while senior Maxx Nakwaasah added 11 points and led the team with a career-best six assists and totaled two key blocks.

Centenary shot 38 percent (19-50) from the floor, while Sul Ross was 43 percent (24-56). The Gents knocked down nine treys and 18-of-23 free throws for 78 percent.

The Lobos edged the Gents in rebounding by one, 34 to 33. Nakwaasah was one rebound shy of a double-double at nine to lead Centenary on the boards.

Centenary held a lead through the first six minutes of play, until Sul Ross broke loose a 10-1 run to go up by eight (21-13) midway through the half. The Gents got within three in the first half, but back-to-back treys to end the half left Centenary down 33-24 at the mid-point.

Down by 10 (44-34) with 13 minutes left in the game, Centenary used a 7-0 run to narrow it to three (44-41).

Sul Ross kept a lead until Blount's layup at 5:07 put Centenary back on top. The final five minutes were back-and-forth until the Centenary returners in Blount and Nakwaasah controlled the final minutes of play from the free throw line.

Sul Ross was led in scoring by Colton Thompson's 16 points, while Eric Garcia and Juston Copeland each pulled down eight rebounds.

"I am very proud of our overall effort. Jonathan [Blount] bounced back from his injury and had a big night for us. Maxx[Nakwaasah] had one of the most complete games of his career, but the biggest and most notable stat of the night came in our free throw percentage," said Walsh.

Centenary will return to action on Saturday at 3 pm in the Gold Dome when it hosts Howard Payne in ASC action.