Gents Dominate Second Half, Win Season Opener
Saturday, November 22, 2003

SHREVEPORT – After a close first half in which both teams shot well from the field, the Centenary Gents continued their hot shooting but solidified their defense in defeating the Belhaven Blazers, 106-72, Saturday night at the Gold Dome.

After holding a slim four-point lead at halftime, the Gents started the second half on a 20-2 run over the first seven minutes. Rickey Evans scored ten of the team’s points in that run on his way to a career-high 28 points. Evans shot 10 of 15 from the field, including a perfect 4-for-4 from the three-point line.

Andrew Wisniewski started his senior season on a solid note, scoring 27 points and dishing out eight assists. He shot 10 of 14 from the field and a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line. Michael Gale contributed 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field and also led the team in rebounding with seven boards.

Besides Evans, Josh Thibodeaux also was perfect from behind the three-point line, making all four of his attempts on his way to 14 points. As a team, the Gents shot 62.9 percent from the field, 71.4 percent from the three-point line, and 69.2 percent from the free throw line. The shooting from the charity stripe got better as the game went along, as Centenary made 13 of its last 14 attempts.

For the Blazers, Justin Pierce led the team with 15 points powered mostly by a 10-for-10 performance from the free throw line. Hugo Rangel hit three three-pointers to score 13 points, while Chris Smith added 11 points and five rebounds.

After shooting 60 percent in the first half, including 75 percent from the three-point line, Belhaven (2-3) was held to 17.9 percent shooting in the second half, missing all eight three-point attempts. The Blazers also committed 23 turnovers in the game.

Centenary (1-0) hits the road next week, traveling to Oxford, Miss., to face the Ole Miss Rebels on Tuesday, November 25 at 7 p.m. The Gents will then face the Texas Longhorns next Saturday, November 29, in Austin, Tex., at 7 p.m.