Wisniewski Keys Centenary Comeback Over Houston Cougars
Monday, January 19, 2004

Houston, Tex.Andrew Wisniewski scored 27 points, made 13-of-14 shots from the free throw line, and earned seven steals as the Centenary Gents came back from a 12-point first-half deficit to defeat the Houston Cougars, 63-57, Monday night at Hofheinz Pavilion.

After Houston extended its six-point halftime lead to 11 points early in the second half, Centenary went on a 19-8 run to tie the game at 44 with 5:29 remaining in the half. Wisniewski hit a three-pointer as time ran down on the shot clock to pull the Gents into the tie.

After Andre Owens hit a floater to give the Cougars the lead again, the Gents went on a 10-1 run thanks in part to four Wisniewski free throws and a steal and layup by Ronald Mickel to take a 54-47 lead with two minutes remaining.

Houston was led by the duo of Marcus Oliver and Andre Owens, who combined for 37 of the Cougars’ 57 points. Oliver went 8-of-15 to score 19 points, while Owens hit 8-of-16 shots to add 18 points. Ramon Dyer dominated the boards, grabbing 16 rebounds for Houston.

Centenary (9-7) received almost all of its offense from Wisniewski, Chad Maclies, and Rickey Evans. Evans scored 15 points and Maclies, playing in front of his friends and family, added 11 points for the Gents.

The Gents struggled in the first half, making only 37.5 percent of their shots from the field and 50 percent of their free throw attempts. Houston (7-8) was the team to struggle in the second half, hitting only 33.3 percent of its shots from the field and missed all ten second-half attempts from the three-point line.

Centenary goes back on the road Wednesday, traveling to Indiana to face Mid-Con foe Valparaiso Thursday night beginning at 7:05 p.m. That game will be broadcast on KYLA 106.7 FM and on Sportsjuice.com.