NSU Stops Centenary Streak at Three With 83-76 Win
Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Chad Maclies

Tyrone Hamilton

NATCHITOCHES, La.Northwestern State ended Centenary’s three-game win streak over the Demons with an 83-76 victory at Prather Coliseum in Natchitoches on Tuesday night. The size of the NSU lineup proved to be too much for the Gents in a game that featured one of Louisiana’s oldest basketball rivalries. Despite the loss, Centenary holds the all-time series advantage at 82-66.


Northwestern State (3-2) held off an impressive second-half three-point shooting display by Centenary to claim their third consecutive victory at home. The Gents, trailing by 16 points with 8:43 remaining, pulled to within six points twice in the second half after converting on 7-of-9 attempts from behind the three-point arc.


Trailing by eight points at 71-63, Centenary had back-to-back possessions to try to pull closer. However, a shot clock violation and a second turnover by Cody Hopkins led to a Colby Bargeman three-pointer from the corner that put the game away.


Centenary (0-3) could not contain the inside game of the Demons as 22 of NSU’s first 41 points came from within the paint. The duo of Jermaine Spencer and Clifton Lee proved to be too much for the Gents down low as each accounted for 11 points. Keenan Jones led the way with 20 points with 10 points coming from the free throw line while Jermaine Wallace and Bargeman chipped in with 15 points and 10 points respectively.    


Chad Maclies turned in a career game for the Gents as he finished with 23 points and 13 boards, both game-high totals. Tyrone Hamilton added 14 points highlighted by 3-of-5 from three-point land and Jarmorrow Moragne scored 10 points and dished out eight assists in the loss.


The first half began slowly as both teams struggled to find offensive production in the opening minutes. Northwestern State scored on a layup 48 seconds into the contest, but neither team would score again until Centenary’s Kevin Taylor made a pair of free throws over three minutes later. The Gents took the lead immediately at 5-4 as Jarmorrow Moragne followed Taylor’s free throws with a long three-pointer.


The Demons answered with a 6-0 run that landed the home team in front until another long distance shot by Moragne put Centenary ahead at 14-13. The Gents maintained control and extended its advantage to five points on a tip-in by Andre’ Lowe at the 9:34 mark.


Northwestern State responded again, this time with an 8-0 run fueled by eight points in the paint, to pull ahead 24-20. The Demons were able to exploit their size advantage throughout the first half as evidenced by 11 points in the opening period by NSU’s big man Jermaine Spencer.


The final push by the Demons came after a missed layup by Centenary’s Curtis Tillman. The play resulted in three free throws for Northwestern State after Keenan Jones was fouled by Taylor while attempting a trifecta. The freebies sent NSU into the lockerroom at the half with a 40-31 lead.