Gents Open Mid-Con Play With 93-83 Loss at Oakland
Monday, January 3, 2005


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Jarmorrow Moragne

Chad Maclies

Tyrone Hamilton

Rochester, Mich. The Centenary Gents opened the Mid-Continent Conference portion of their schedule with a loss despite one of their best shooting efforts of the season. The Gents shot 49.1 percent from the field but fell on the road 93-83. Oakland sizzled from the floor, connecting on 61.1 percent of its attempts to outscore Centenary on the evening. Jarmorrow Moragne’s career-high 30 points were not enough as the Gents fell to 2-9 on the season with the loss.

 

It was a close contest in the early going as the teams traded the lead nine times in the first five minutes of the game. A steal and a dunk by Chad Maclies gave Centenary (2-9, 0-1 Mid-Con) a 11-10 lead, but on the next trip down the court Cortney Scott connected on two of his 18 points to give Oakland (3-8, 1-0 Mid-Con) back the lead for good. Pierre Dukes nailed one of his three treys on the night for a four-point advantage and Oakland never let the Gents get any closer than four the rest of the way.

 

A lay-up by DeMarcus Ishmeal gave Oakland a 12-point lead with four minutes to play in the half, but Centenary put together a 9-2 run that pulled them to within five at 39-34 on a three-point play by Maclies. A three-point shot from Brandon Cassise ended the run and OU went into the locker room with a 44-37 advantage after shooting 57 percent and hitting 5-of-10 three-point shots in the half.

 

Oakland wasted no time in the opening minutes of the second half, hitting five of its first seven shots from the floor to open up a 55-40 lead on a Scott basket at the 16:32 mark. The Golden Grizzlies kept up the pressure and extended the lead to 19 points on a Kris Krzyminski three-pointer with 12:34 to play.

 

Just when it looked as if Centenary might fold, the Gents turned things around and got back into the game with some solid shooting of their own. Led by Maclies and Moragne, Centenary slowly chipped away at the Oakland lead. Over a six-minute stretch the Gents put together an 18-8 run, with Maclies and Moragne combining for 13 of the points, and trailed by nine after another three-point play from Maclies with 6:05 left.

 

Krzyminski scored the next four points of the game to halt the run and Oakland kept its lead in double figures until the final minute of the game when Centenary, which hit 55 percent of its long range shots, got a pair of three-point shots to fall. But the Golden Grizzlies stepped up and made the clutch free throws in the final minute, going 5-for-5, to seal the game and the first conference win of the season.

 

Moragne led Centenary with a career-high 30 points, hitting 5-of-8 from three-point range. Maclies added 22 points and six boards, while Tyrone Hamilton pumped in 16 for the Gents and added five assists.

 

Krzyminski turned in career-highs in points with 18 and assists with seven. Scott led Oakland with nine rebounds as the Golden Grizzlies out rebounded the Gents by a 31-22 margin.

 

The Gents return home on Thursday, January 6, when they host Chicago State in the Gold Dome at 7 pm. The game can be heard locally on KOKA 980 AM or over the internet at www.SportsJuice.com.