Gents Prepare To Face Tough Lumberjack Squad
Wednesday, December 10, 2003



SHREVEPORT – The Centenary Gents basketball team continues its four-game homestand Thursday night as the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks come to the Gold Dome looking to end a couple of streaks.

The Gents have won eight consecutive home games and seven consecutive games against Southland Conference schools. Included in the latter streak is a 75-69 victory over Stephen F. Austin in Nacogdoches, Tex., last season, led by a 35-point effort from Andrew Wisniewski.

Centenary (3-2) is coming off a 77-71 come-from-behind victory over McNeese State last Saturday. After falling behind 12-0 in the first four minutes, the Gents fought back, taking their first lead with 4:41 remaining in the game thanks to a perfect 16-of-16 performance from the free throw line in the second half.

“We’ve had a good week of practice after the McNeese game, and I think the guys are prepared to get off to a much better start than they did Saturday night,” head coach Kevin Johnson said.

Chad Maclies was one of the stars of Saturday’s game, earning his first career double-double with ten points and a career-high 13 rebounds. He also led the team in assists with five and in steals with five. Michael Gale led the Gents with 19 points, while Wisniewski hit 12-of-13 attempts from the free throw line to add 18 points.

Stephen F. Austin (4-1) started the season with four consecutive victories before losing to TCU, 84-62, Monday night in Fort Worth, Tex. The Lumberjacks are ranked 17th in the latest CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 poll thanks to their hot start, which includes a 79-57 victory at Big 12 school Baylor.

Antonio Banks, who scored 28 points in the victory over Baylor, leads the team in scoring with an average of 19.8 points per game. Taylor Moore (the 6’8” forward for Stephen F. Austin, not the Centenary athletic director) is second on the squad in scoring with 10.2 points per game and is first in rebounding with 5.8 rebounds per game.

The trip will be a homecoming for Lumberjack freshman guard Josh Porter, the 2003 Shreveport high school player of the year from Southwood High School. Porter has played in all five games for Stephen F. Austin, averaging 6.6 minutes and 2.4 points per game so far this season.

The game is scheduled to tip off at 7:05 p.m. Thursday night at the Gold Dome and will be broadcast on KYLA 106.7 FM and Sportsjuice.com.