Gents Prepare For Clash With Crusaders
Wednesday, February 4, 2004



Shreveport — After consecutive victories over Western Illinois and IUPUI, the Centenary Gents begin the second half of the conference season with a pivotal clash against the Valparaiso Crusaders Thursday night at 7:05 p.m. at the Gold Dome.

The Gents and Crusaders are two of four teams that come into the weekend at the top of the conference standings with three conference losses. Ironically, the other two teams, IUPUI and Oral Roberts, will also face each other on Thursday night.

Andrew Wisniewski is one of the hottest players in the country, earning Player of the Week honors from both the Mid-Con and the Louisiana Sports Writers Association. Wisniewski averaged 24.5 points per game last week, hitting 76 percent of his shots from the field, including 6-of-10 from the three-point line.

Another player who has made a significant impact the past two games is Jarmorrow Moragne. Coming off the bench, Moragne has averaged 14.5 points per game over the last week, hitting five three-pointers plus two crucial free throws with ten seconds left at Western Illinois.

Freshman Joseph Polite took advantage of his second career start against IUPUI, scoring eight points and grabbing a career-high ten rebounds to help the Gents knock the Jaguars out of first place in the conference.

Valparaiso has won six consecutive games to take over first place in the Mid-Con with a 7-3 conference record. Included in that streak is a 77-66 victory over Centenary in Indiana on January 22 as well as road victories over IUPUI and Western Illinois.

In the first meeting between Centenary and Valparaiso, Wisniewski led all players with 32 points, but he could not overcome four Crusaders scoring in double figures. Dan Oppland led Valparaiso with 16 points, while Joaquim Gomes earned a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

This is the second of a three-game homestand for the Gents, who have won 13 consecutive games at the Gold Dome. The game, scheduled to tip off at 7:05 p.m., will be broadcast on KYLA 106.7 FM and on Sportsjuice.com.