Gents Drop Season Opener to Arkansas State 80-69
Saturday, November 20, 2004

Chad Maclies

Jarmorrow Moragne

 JONESBORO, Ark- Plagued by foul trouble and a lack of Division I experience, the Centenary men’s basketball team dropped their season opener to host Arkansas State, .  The Gents stayed competitive through the first period, but were unable to catch up after a strong second half run by the Indians.


The first half began at a staggered pace, as clock difficulties forced frequent stoppage of play and prevented either squad from establishing any type of momentum.  After play returned to a regular pace, both teams traded one big shot for another, with Arkansas State gaining the upper hand after a David Tolefree foul turned an ally-oop into a three-point play.  The Indians took off on a 14-4 run, giving Arkansas State a double-digit lead halfway through the first period.


The Gents didn’t give up though, tightening their defensive effort and adding extra pressure to the Indians on the offensive front.  Senior Jarmorrow Moragne picked up the scoring slack, dropping 11 first half points while adding three rebounds.  Fellow senior Chad Maclies, the Gents’ leading rebounder last season, paced the first half with a team-high five boards while scoring six points of his own.  Centenary entered the break down seven, keeping Arkansas State on their heels.


Both teams came out of the gates strong in the second half, with the Gents shooting well and forcing turnovers and bad shots by Arkansas State.  Maclies continued his aggressive play, quickly joining Moragne in double-figures, but couldn’t keep up with Sun Belt All-Conference players Dewarick Spencer and J.J. Montgomery.


Cody Hopkins gave the Gents a spark off the bench, contributing 11 points after returning missing last season with a medical redshirt.  The junior’s tenacious defense led him to play much of the game in foul trouble.


Arkansas State went on another big run in the second half, outscoring the Gents 22-5 in an eight-minute span.  The Indians dominated Centenary on the offensive glass, out-rebounding the Gents 54-34 and scoring several second-chance baskets.  After shooting .333 from behind the arc in the first half, the Gents couldn’t find anything from three-point range in the final half.  Centenary suffered a tough blow, with Moragne fouling out with eight minutes remaining in the game.