Gents Remain Winless in Mid-Con Play with 70-66 Loss to UMKC
Saturday, January 8, 2005

Tyrone Hamilton

Chad Maclies

SHREVEPORT –  The Centenary men’s basketball team dropped their sixth consecutive game, losing 70-66 to UMKC.  The Kangaroos went on a 13-3 second half run to hand the Gents their third consecutive Mid-Continent Conference loss.


            Tyrone Hamilton and Chad Maclies led the Gents with 21 points each, a career-high for Hamilton.  Maclies grabbed seven rebounds and nabbed three steals while shooting 7-for-11 from the floor.


            UMKC’s Tim Blackwell led all scorers with 25 points on 8-of-11 shooting, including shooting 5-for-7 from downtown.  Mike English and Carlton Aaron joined Blackwell in double-figures with 14 and 18 points respectively. 


The Gents had match-up problems with the 310 pound Aaron, who picked up his fourth double-double of the season by grabbing a game-best 16 rebounds.  The 6’9 center went 9-of-11 with a pair of blocks, but missed all five of his shots from the charity stripe.


Blackwell scored 10 of the Kangaroos first 12 points, including a pair of threes, to pace UMKC to an early eight point lead.  Down as many as 11 in the first half, the Gents battled back, holding UMKC scoreless through the last three minutes of the half and evening the score at 29 on a pair of free throws by Hamilton to enter the intermission tied.


Centenary took the lead early in the second half with a three by Maclies to make the score to 32-31 at the 19:17 mark.  The Gents pushed the advantage to eight just under five minutes later on another trifecta by Maclies.  The senior from Kingwood, Tex. hit all four of his attempts from behind the arc, despite attempting only nine three in the last 12 games.


UMKC wasn’t done as English took control of the game, dishing the assist for the go-ahead basket to Aaron with 6:42 remaining in the half.  The Kangaroos held fast to the lead, but Cody Hopkins’ rebound from a missed Maclies free throw led to Maclies fourth three to bring the Gents within one.  UMKC converted on the ensuing possession, as Blackwell’s leaner sneaked into the basket after being fouled by Hamilton.  He nailed the subsequent free throw, putting the Kangaroos up four with 24 ticks on the clock, forcing Centenary to foul.


Centenary takes a break from conference play as they travel to take on Houston on January 11 at 7:05 p.m.  The Gents resume Mid-Con action January 15 as part of a road doubleheader with the Ladies against Oral Roberts.