Gents Enjoy Comfortable 98-70 Win Over Buffaloes
Saturday, December 13, 2003

SHREVEPORT – Six Gents scored in double figures as Centenary jumped out to an 11-0 lead and cruised to a 98-70 victory over the Arkansas Baptist Buffaloes Saturday night at the Gold Dome.

Andrew Wisniewski led all players with 17 points and eight assists in only 26 minutes of action. With the Gents holding a double-digit lead for almost 37 minutes of the game, head coach Kevin Johnson rested his starters to give the reserves a chance in a game situation.

One of the bench players who took advantage of his opportunity was Joseph Polite, IV. The freshman forward scored 12 points and grabbed a game-high eight rebounds in 15 minutes of work. Derek Sallis also made a major contribution off the bench, hitting four three-pointers to score 12 points.

Chad Maclies continued his solid play of the past week, scoring 11 points and pulling down seven rebounds. Rickey Evans also scored 11 points and dished out five assists, while Shawn Davis contributed ten points and seven rebounds.

DeMario Hooper helped the Gents both offensively and defensively, contributing nine points, three rebounds, two assists, and three blocked shots. Centenary outrebounded Arkansas Baptist, 42-25, and shot 50 percent from the field (30-of-60) and 80 percent from the free throw line (32-of-40).

Cedric Thomas and Brannon Hargraves each scored 13 points to lead the Buffaloes, and Chris Watts added 11 points. Arkansas Baptist (6-10) shot 46.6 percent from the field (27-of-58) and 63.2 percent from the free throw line (12-of-19).

The Gents will not play for nine days as the players take final exams over the next week. Centenary (5-2) travels to Nacogdoches, Tex., to face Stephen F. Austin on Monday, December 22, at 7 p.m.