Gents Open Conference Season With 72-50 Victory
Saturday, December 27, 2003



SHREVEPORT – After a close first half, Centenary started the second half with a 10-2 run and shot 63.6 percent from the field in the final period to pull away from Chicago State, 72-50, Saturday night at the Gold Dome.

The Centenary starting lineup accounted for 56 of the team’s 72 points, led by Andrew Wisniewski’s 17 points. Wisniewski hit all eight of his free throw attempts and contributed eight assists, five rebounds, and two steals in the victory.

Michael Gale went 7-of-12 from the field to score 16 points. He also dished out four assists, blocked two shots, and stole two balls. Chad Maclies scored a career-high 15 points and shared the lead in rebounds with five boards.

The Gents forced 20 turnovers by the Cougars and held them to 40.9 percent shooting from the field. Chicago State (1-12, 0-1 Mid-Con) was led by Tony Weeden with 14 points and Tony Hansbro with 13 points. Craig Franklin, one of the top players in the conference entering the season, was held to two points on 1-of-6 shooting from the field before fouling out in the second half.

Centenary (6-3, 1-0 Mid-Con) got off to a great start, scoring the first eight points of the game in a five-minute span. Chicago State came right back, scoring the next seven points in the subsequent two minutes. The Cougars took the lead at 16-14 with eight minutes remaining in the first half, but the Gents went on an 8-2 run to take the lead for good.

This was the first regular season conference win for the Gents since a 69-67 victory over Georgia State on February 8, 1999. Before tonight, Centenary played 118 consecutive non-conference games after leaving the Trans America Athletic Conference in 1999.

Centenary returns to non-conference action Tuesday night against McNeese State in Lake Charles. The game begins at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast on KYLA 106.7 FM and on Sportsjuice.com.