ULM Downs Gents 71-55 in Rematch of Overtime Loss
Tuesday, December 28, 2004

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Chad Maclies

Tyrone Hamilton

MONROE, La. – The Centenary men’s basketball team continued their struggles away from the friendly confines of the Gold Dome and were unable to pick up their first road win, falling to Louisiana-Monroe 71-55.  The Gents (2-8, 0-0) have lost all seven of their road contests this season.


            Chad Maclies’ double-double paced the Gents, scoring 18 points while collecting a season-high 14 rebounds, both game-highs.  Tyrone Hamilton and Cody Hopkins joined him in double-figure scoring with 13 and 11 respectively. 


            Initially a close game, the lead changed five times in the first 10 minutes before ULM grabbed a permanent advantage on the night.  Maclies dominated Centenary’s scoring in the first half, dropping 10 of the team’s first 14 points.  His mix of power and low-post moves caused problems for the Indians while the senior also grabbed five first-half rebounds.


            Poor shooting from the free throw line prevented ULM from running away with the first half, hitting only 33 percent of their shots from the charity stripe.  Their offense was firing on all cylinders otherwise, shooting 52 percent from the floor while nailing 60 percent of their shots from downtown.  The Indians headed into the intermission up 14 and on a 16-4 run.         


            Centenary picked up the pace in the second half, doubling their offensive output from the first period.  Increasing their shooting from the floor to 43 percent, the Gents nailed half of their 12 second half threes compared to hitting none in the first.


Down by as many as 17, Centenary trimmed the ULM lead to 10 before Rashon Jacobs’ three, followed by a breakaway dunk, swung the momentum back into the Indian’s favor.


Not to be outdone, Kevin Taylor knocked down a three of his own and stole the subsequent inbounds pass, laying it up for two.  Taylor picked off a game-high four steals while adding eight points.


DeAndre Alexander led the way for the Indians with 16 points, the majority of which were scored in the final six minutes.  He added 10 rebounds on the night.


            Centenary travels to Rochester, Michigan on January 3rd to kick off the new-year when they face Oakland to start Mid-Continent Conference play.  The Gents surprised the field by finishing second in the Mid-Con last season, the school’s first year in the conference.