Gents Place Fourth in Iowa With 70-53 Loss to USM
Saturday, December 4, 2004

Chad Maclies

Jarmorrow Moragne

IOWA CITY, Iowa—The Centenary Gents never led in the consolation game of the Gazette Hawkeye Challenge hosted by Iowa on Saturday. Southern Miss ran out to a 10-0 lead to start the contest and held of the charging Gents early in the second half to claim third place with the 70-53 victory.


Southern Miss (4-2) built a 13-point margin in the opening minutes of the game as a result of poor shot selection by Centenary. The Gents missed their first five attempts and made good on only one of their first 10 shots before finally finding their touch. Once back on track, Centenary slowly climbed back into the contest behind the blazing hand of Chad Maclies.


Maclies single-handedly kept the Gents within striking distance as the senior scored 13 of Centenary’s 14 points at one time with only a free throw by Curtis Tillman helping the strong forward. The Golden Eagles began to misfire on offense and Maclies brought the Gents within five points at 19-14 with 7:21 remaining in the half on a spinning hookshot in the lane. Two minutes later a reverse layup by Tyrone Hamilton inched Centenary closer at 22-18, but four points by USM’s Jasper Johnson inside and a driving basket by Michael Ford gave the Golden Eagles a 31-23 lead at the half.


Centenary (0-5) forced three turnovers coming out of the break and a put-back by Troy Williams followed by a pair of free throws by Maclies shaved the Southern Miss lead to just four points at 33-29 with 15 minutes to play. The teams then traded baskets for several minutes before the Golden Eagles extended a six-point margin back to 13 points with a 7-0 run capped by Ford’s fade away jumper.


The Gents always managed to keep Southern Miss from putting the game away as USM’s biggest advantage of the night, 17 points, came just before the buzzer. Centenary attempted to make one last run with under three minutes to go as the Gents pulled within 10 points at 61-51. However, a missed three-pointer by Jarmorrow Moragne which would have made the difference only seven points was off the mark.


Maclies turned in his third consecutive 20-point effort with 21 points to match his output from the previous night against Iowa. He converted on 7-of-14 attempts from the field and narrowly missed several shots in the second half as they rolled around the rim before falling away. No other Centenary player finished in double figures as Moragne tossed in nine points and Hamilton added eight in the loss.


Southern Miss was led by Johnson who notched a double double with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Rashaad Carruth contributed 16 points to the winning cause for the Golden Eagles while Soloman Brown and Ford each finished with 11 points.