Gents Overcome Deficit To Pull Out 77-71 Victory
Saturday, December 6, 2003



SHREVEPORT – After falling behind 12-0 in the first four minutes of the game, the Centenary men’s basketball team worked its way back into the game and eventually used perfect free throw shooting to defeat the McNeese State Cowboys, 77-71, Saturday night at the Gold Dome.

Centenary (3-2) was behind 64-59 with seven minutes remaining in the game, but an 8-0 run in the next three minutes gave the Gents a three-point lead. Michael Gale hit four free throws and Andrew Wisniewski made two free throws in that span to key the final rally.

Gale led the Gents with 19 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the field and 7-of-10 shooting from the free throw line. Struggling from the field, Wisniewski hit 12-of-13 free throw attempts to score 18 points, plus he contributed five rebounds, four assists, and three steals.

Chad Maclies earned his first career double-double with ten points, making all six of his free throw attempts, and 13 rebounds. Maclies also dished out five assists, blocked two shots, and committed five steals. Josh Thibodeaux also scored ten points, and Rickey Evans added eight points and two blocked shots.

Edward Garriet continued his hot shooting from the three-point line for McNeese State (3-3), hitting 6-of-12 shots from behind the arc. He scored 24 points to lead all players in the game. The Cowboys were in foul trouble throughout the game, as every player had at least three fouls at the end of the game, leading to 37 free throw attempts by the Gents.

Centenary outrebounded McNeese State, 33-25, and had seven blocked shots to the Cowboys’ five blocked shots. The Gents made all 16 of their free throws in the second half as they outscored the Cowboys 38-30 in that half.

Centenary will need a better performance when Stephen F. Austin comes to the Gold Dome Thursday night, December 11, beginning at 7:05 p.m. The game will be broadcast on KYLA 106.7 FM and Sportsjuice.com.