Cold Shooting Dooms Gents Against Lumberjacks
Monday, December 22, 2003



NACOGDOCHES, Tex. – Centenary shot 32.6 percent from the field and Stephen F. Austin went on a 14-2 run to begin the second half as the Lumberjacks defeated the Gents, 70-58, Monday night at Johnson Coliseum.
Marcus Clark took control at the beginning of the second half for the Lumberjacks, scoring eight of the team’s first 12 points as Stephen F. Austin expanded a three-point halftime lead to 12 points.
The Gents were cold from the field right from the start, not hitting a shot for the first seven and a half minutes of the first half. Derek Sallis came off the bench to hit two three-pointers and cut the Lumberjack lead from nine to three. However, the Gents still hit only 22.7 percent of their first half shots.
Andrew Wisniewski led all players with 27 points, tying his season high. He hit 7-of-16 shots from the field and 12-of-15 shots from the free throw line. Michael Gale was the only other Gent in double figures, scoring 17 points.
Five players reached double figures for the Lumberjacks, led by Clark and Dedrick Sanders, who scored 17 points each. Taylor Moore earned a double-double with 12 points and 14 rebounds, while Jasen Gast contributed 12 points and Antonio Burks added ten points in the victory.
Stephen F. Austin (7-2) enjoyed an advantage on the boards, grabbing 20 offensive rebounds and outrebounding the Gents, 42-33. Centenary (5-3) kept the game close in the first half by hitting 14 of its 18 attempts from the free throw line. Neither team was able to hold onto the ball in the first half, as the Gents committed 20 turnovers while the Lumberjacks made 16 turnovers.
After taking some time off for the Christmas holiday, the Gents will prepare to face the Chicago State Cougars in the first Mid-Con game of the season. Centenary will play the historic game Saturday night at the Gold Dome beginning at 7:05 p.m.