Gents Hold Off Kangaroos, 63-55
Thursday, February 19, 2004

SHREVEPORT – The Centenary Gents tightened up their defense in the second half and used a balanced offensive attack to hold off the UMKC Kangaroos, 63-55, Thursday night at the Gold Dome.

Michael Watson scored UMKC’s first nine points as the Kangaroos jumped out to a 13-6 lead eight minutes into the game. Centenary slowly closed the gap and eventually tied the score at 25, but a Watson jumper with 28 seconds remaining gave UMKC a two-point lead at halftime.

The key to the second half was Centenary’s ability to hold the Kangaroos to one shot, as the Gents won the rebounding battle, 39-23. UMKC shot 29.2 percent from the field in the second half after hitting 63.2 percent of its field goal attempts in the first half. Watson was held to 2-of-10 shooting from the field in the second half after making 8-of-10 field goal attempts in the first period.

Chad Maclies earned his third double-double of the season, scoring 14 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Shawn Davis came off the bench to score 13 points and grab five rebounds, while Michael Gale contributed eight points, seven rebounds, two assists, and two steals.

Coming into the game averaging over 22 points per game, Andrew Wisniewski was held to ten points on 4-of-8 shooting from the field, missing all four of his three-point attempts. He did dish out four assists, grab four rebounds, and earn two steals.

The Gents struggled from the three-point line, making only two of their 19 attempts from behind the arc. One of those made three-pointers came from Ronald Mickel as time ran down on the shot clock in the first half to tie the game at 23.

Watson finished the game with 28 points, and Mike English came off the bench to give UMKC (12-12, 7-6 Mid-Con) 13 points, three rebounds, two blocked shots, and two steals. Javon Clark, who hurt the Gents in the first meeting with 16 points, was held to two points on 1-of-5 shooting from the field.

Centenary (15-9, 9-4 Mid-Con) has now won 17 consecutive games at the Gold Dome. With IUPUI’s loss to Oakland earlier, the Gents are now alone in second place, a half-game behind Valparaiso with three conference games remaining.

The Gents take off early Friday morning for Indianapolis and face the IUPUI Jaguars Saturday night at 6 p.m. Central Time.