Wisniewski Heroics Lead Gents To Victory Over ORU
Thursday, February 26, 2004

Shreveport Andrew Wisniewski hit a three-pointer with four seconds remaining as the Centenary Gents capped a perfect season at the Gold Dome with a 71-68 victory over Oral Roberts Thursday night.

After scoring only four points in the first half, Wisniewski torched the Golden Eagles for 22 points in the second half, including ten consecutive Gent points midway through the period. He hit 9-of-10 shots from the field in the second half, including both three-pointers he attempted.

After a close first half in which neither team held more than a four-point advantage, Centenary started the second half on a 10-3 run to gain a 41-33 lead with 16 minutes remaining. Thanks to the scoring of freshmen Ken Tutt and Caleb Green, Oral Roberts (16-10, 9-6 Mid-Con) slowly closed the gap, eventually tying the game at 68-68 on a Tutt jumper with 56 seconds left.

Wisniewski was fouled on Centenary’s next possession, but missed the front end of the one-and-one, giving the Golden Eagles a chance to take the lead. Tutt missed a jumper and Joseph Polite grabbed the rebound, setting up the final shot of Wisniewski’s career at the Gold Dome.

The seniors made solid contributions on Senior Night. Besides Wisniewski’s 26 points, Shawn Davis scored 11 points and grabbed five rebounds, while Rickey Evans earned ten points, four rebounds, four assists, and two steals. Michael Gale added eight points, and Ronald Mickel contributed four points and four rebounds.

Tutt led the Golden Eagles with 26 points on 10-of-18 shooting from the field, including 4-of-9 from the three-point line. Green shot 8-of-12 from the field and 9-of-10 from the free throw line to score 25 points, plus he grabbed a game-high nine rebounds.

The Gents closed the home portion of their schedule with a 13-1 record, including a perfect 8-0 mark in conference games. The 13 home victories are the most by a Centenary team since the 1974-75 season, and the Gents will carry an 18-game Gold Dome winning streak into the 2004-05 season.

Centenary (16-10, 10-5 Mid-Con) will clinch at least a share of the conference title with a victory over Chicago State Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. in Chicago, Ill.