Wisniewski Hits Big Shots To Defeat Lumberjacks
Thursday, December 11, 2003

SHREVEPORT Andrew Wisniewski hit two three-point shots in the last two minutes as the Centenary Gents came from behind to defeat the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks, 65-62, Thursday night at the Gold Dome.

With the score tied for the eighth time in the second half, Wisniewski hit the first three-pointer of the game for Centenary to give the Gents a 58-55 lead. After two free throws by Dedrick Sanders, Wisniewski hit his second shot from behind the arc to give Centenary a four-point lead.

Antonio Burks answered with his fourth three-pointer of the night to bring the Lumberjacks within one, but a layup by Rickey Evans and two Wisniewski free throws put the game away for the Gents. The Evans layup came off a pretty pass by DeMario Hooper, who led the team with three assists in the game.

Wisniewski scored 21 points, 15 of them in the second half. He also contributed four rebounds, two assists, and two steals. Evans went 9-of-11 from the free throw line to score 13 points, and Chad Maclies added 12 points and a game-high eight rebounds.

Shawn Davis played his best game of the season, coming off the bench to score 11 points and grab four rebounds. As a team, Centenary shot 50 percent (22-of-44) from the field and 67.9 percent (19-of-28) from the free throw line.

Stephen F. Austin (4-2) jumped out to an early lead, going up by as much as ten points at 22-12 in the first half. The Lumberjacks went cold in the last seven minutes of the first half, not making a field goal as Centenary went on a 17-1 run to take a six-point lead into the locker room as halftime.

The Lumberjacks went on an 11-3 run to begin the second half to take the lead at 34-32. The game seesawed the rest of the way, as there were eight ties and seven lead changes before Wisniewski’s heroics.

Burks led Stephen F. Austin with 18 points, while Taylor Moore scored 12 points and B.J. Banks contributed 11 points and six rebounds. Marcus Clark did a nice job of running the Lumberjack offense, dishing out seven assists. The Lumberjacks shot 51.1 percent from the field (23-of-45), including 40 percent from the three-point line (6-of-15).

The Centenary program and head coach Kevin Johnson each reached a milestone with the victory. The win is the 1,000th known win in the 80-year history of Centenary basketball, while Johnson picked up his 50th victory as a Division I head coach, all of them coming with the Gents.

Centenary (4-2) faces Arkansas Baptist Saturday night at 7:05 p.m. at the Gold Dome.