Chicago State Holds Off Gents, 64-57
Thursday, January 6, 2005


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Chad Maclies

SHREVEPORT—The Centenary Gents dropped their fifth consecutive game and their Mid-Con home opener to Chicago State in the Gold Dome on Thursday evening 64-57. The Gents battled back from a 14-0 deficit to take a 47-46 lead with 6:40 remaining in the game, but a 3-of-9 effort from the charity stripe in the final half doomed their comeback hopes.

 

Centenary (2-10, 0-2 Mid-Con) struggled from the field converting only one of its first 14 shot attempts in the early going but managed to never let Chicago State put the game away. The Cougars led the entire contest until Cody Hopkins nailed a three-pointer from the corner and David Tolefree hit a jumper from the baseline to tie the game at 46 apiece. After a CSU turnover and a timeout, Curtis Tillman put the Gents in front, making one of two free throws.

 

Chicago State (2-9, 1-0 Mid-Con) grabbed the lead back when Tony Weeden finished strong off an offensive rebound. Tillman drove through the lane to put Centenary back on top momentarily before Royce Parran’s lay-up put the Cougars ahead for good. Parran carried CSU the rest of the way, scoring 11 of their last 16 points to finish with 13 in the win. 

 

Chicago State raced out to a 14-point advantage to start the game as the Gents did not record their first tally until the 13:27 mark when Chad Maclies sank a pair of free throws. Maclies began the contest 0-of-5 from the field but rallied to lead a late first half Centenary surge.

 

Trailing 20-11 with just over eight minutes to play in the opening half, the Gents reeled off six consecutive points, including two Maclies free throws and a put-back off of a Kevin Taylor three-point attempt. A Chicago State turnover opened the door for Centenary to tie the score, but missed trifectas by Tyrone Hamilton and Jarmorrow Moragne left the home team just short. The Gents had three more chances to pull even before the half, but were unable to come up with the big shot and entered the lockerroom down 29-26.

 

Centenary shot 40.4 percent from the field in large part to a 52.4 percent effort in the second half. Maclies paced the Gents with 17 points and eight rebounds while Curtis Tillman sank a pair of treys en route to his 13 points on the night.

 

Weeden sizzled throughout the evening finishing with 22 points on 8-of-10 from the field, including 3-of-5 from downtown. Deji Akindele notched a double double with 16 points and 14 rebounds and Craig Franklin added 11 points for the Cougars.

 

Centenary will host UMKC on Saturday in its third Mid-Con contest this week. Tip time is scheduled for 7 pm in the Gold Dome. The game can be heard locally on KOKA 980 AM in Shreveport and over the internet at www.SportsJuice.com.