Gents Hold On To Defeat Spirit Express In Exhibition
Saturday, November 15, 2003

SHREVEPORT – The Centenary men’s basketball team shot 63.2 percent from the field in the first half to open a 22-point lead, and then held on to defeat Spirit Express, 96-81, Saturday night in an exhibition game at the Gold Dome.

Andrew Wisniewski led the Gents with 29 points, eight rebounds, and eight assists. In all, four players scored in double figures for Centenary, as Rickey Evans scored 20 points, with Michael Gale and Chad Maclies each adding ten points. Evans also dished out five assists.

In his first appearance since last December, DeMario Hooper made contributions all over the court, scoring six points, grabbing six rebounds, earning three assists, blocking two shots, and making two steals. Derek Sallis hit two three-point shots on his way to eight points and a team-high three steals.

Spirit Express made the game close in the second half, going on a 13-2 run over a five-minute span late in the half to cut the Centenary advantage to six points with three minutes remaining. The traveling squad would get no closer as the Gents hit their free throws down the stretch to solidify the victory.

Spirit Express enjoyed an advantage in free throws throughout the game, hitting 29 foul shots while Centenary attempted only 18 free throws. Seth LeGrand, who played the entire game, led Spirit Express with 26 points and 11 rebounds, while Jason Smith added 22 points and eight rebounds.

The Gents will open the regular season next Saturday as they host the Belhaven Blazers at the Gold Dome beginning at 7:05 p.m.