Centenary Gents Basketball to Host LSU at CenturyTel Center
Thursday, September 25, 2003



Shreveport—As part of a basketball doubleheader on Saturday, January 3, 2004, the Centenary men’s basketball team will host the LSU Tigers at the CenturyTel Center in Bossier City, La.

Tickets for the doubleheader are now available at the CenturyTel Center box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at (318) 741-9700 or 1-800-488-5252, and online at www.ticketmaster.com.

In the first game of the doubleheader, the Centenary women’s basketball team will host the Chicago State Cougars in the Ladies’ first-ever Mid-Continent Conference game. That game will begin at 4:30 p.m., with the LSU-Centenary men’s basketball game scheduled to tip-off at 7:05 p.m.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for us,” head men’s basketball coach Kevin Johnson said. “It speaks volumes for Centenary to be able to bring an SEC school to our town to play and have it listed as a home game for us.”

This will mark the second time in the last five seasons that the Tigers have traveled to the Shreveport/Bossier area to play Centenary. On December 21, 1999, the Tigers defeated the Gents, 80-52, in front of a near-capacity crowd at Hirsch Coliseum. Even though the game was played in Shreveport, it is listed in the Centenary record books as a home game for LSU, as Shreveport native Stromile Swift was given a chance to play a college game in front of his family and friends.

This season’s game is a home game for the Gents, the first Shreveport/Bossier home game for the Gents outside of the Gold Dome since January 10, 1980, when Centenary defeated Alaska-Anchorage, 121-92, at the Hirsch Coliseum. The Ladies will be playing a Shreveport/Bossier home game outside of the Gold Dome for the first time ever.

The Gents are coming off their second consecutive 14-win season. Seven seniors lead an experienced squad into Centenary’s first season in the Mid-Continent Conference, including preseason All-America candidate Andrew Wisniewski. The Tigers finished the 2002-03 season with a 21-11 record and an at-large berth into the NCAA Tournament.