Streak Reaches 20 With Gents 84-82 Overtime Win
Saturday, December 11, 2004


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Chad Maclies

Tyrone Hamilton

Ian Maxwell

SHREVEPORT—The Centenary Gents needed an extra period to extend its Gold Dome win streak to 20 games, but did so with an 84-82 overtime victory over in-state rival Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday evening. Newcomer Kevin Taylor’s three-pointer from the corner with 41 seconds remaining allowed the Gents to stave off the ULM charge that forced the extra stanza.

 

Centenary (2-5) scored on a Taylor drive to provide a two-point lead at 69-67 on the first possession of overtime. Louisiana-Monroe (4-2) made good on only one of two free throws when DeAndre Alexander’s first attempt bounced to the left and the Gents led the rest of the way.

 

Freshman Tyrone Hamilton’s pull-up jumper increased the advantage to five points with 3:30 to play before ULM had a chance to cut the lead to just two. Cecil Hood converted on a twisting drive and was fouled by Centenary’s Ian Maxwell with just over a minute left to bring the score to 79-76, but missed the ensuing free throw. Jarmorrow Moragne drove the baseline on the next Gent possession and found Taylor with a bounce pass while falling out of bounds. Taylor calmly squared up to the basket and drained his third trifecta of the night to put Centenary up 82-76. Two long distance shots by the Indians’ Adrian Harper were not enough after Chad Maclies sealed the win with a pair of free throws.

 

ULM claimed the lead only once as Centenary held control throughout the game until the Indians moved ahead at 67-66 with 33.1 seconds remaining in regulation on a jumper by Gary Robinson. Maxwell then split two defenders and was fouled as he went up with 15 ticks on the clock. He missed the first of the freebies but made good on his second attempt to knot the score at 67 apiece. The teams were then forced into overtime as Louisiana-Monroe was unable to score on its final possession.

 

The Gents led by as much as nine points late in the contest (60-51), but ULM used its rebounding advantage to stay in the game. Centenary forced several bad shots by the visitors but could not keep the Indians off of the offensive glass. As a result, Louisiana-Monroe converted on put-backs and tip-ins to reel off a 7-0 run to keep the Gents within striking distance.

 

Centenary shot 50.9 percent for the game compared to 45.5 percent for ULM. However, the Indians outrebounded the Gents 39-32 including a 17-10 advantage on the offensive boards. Louisiana-Monroe finished with 19 turnovers, 10 of those as a result of Centenary steals.

 

Maclies turned in his fifth consecutive 20-point effort with a game-high 23 points to go with a team-high eight rebounds. Hamilton added 17 points and seven assists as he continues to mature and Taylor recorded a career-high 16 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the field and 3-of-3 from the free throw line. Curtis Tillman chipped in with 15 points before fouling out.

 

Aaron Branch led ULM, shooting a scorching 6-of-10 from three-point land to finish with 20 points. Harper tossed in 15 points while Alexander notched a double double with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Daryl Mason also added 11 points in the losing cause.

 

The Gents will host Stephen F. Austin in hopes if stretching its Gold Dome winning streak to 21 games on Saturday at 7 pm. The game will be heard locally on KOKA 980 AM and will be broadcast over the internet on www.SportsJuice.com.