Cougars Power Past Gents 93-82
Tuesday, January 11, 2005


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Chad Maclies

Tyrone Hamilton

Jarmorrow Morange

HOUSTON, TX. – Centenary was unable to snap its six game losing streak as Houston improved its record in home games to 7-0, avenging last season’s loss to the Gents on Tuesday night. The Gents fell 93-82 in a fast-paced aggressive game, which saw 45 fouls whistled at the Hofheinz Pavilion.

The Gents had three players scoring in double-figures, including Chad Maclies, who scored a team-high 22 points and grabbed four boards. Tyrone Hamilton netted 20 points and Curtis Tillman registered 17 points.

Despite Houston shooting at 25 percent for the first 10 minutes to Centenary’s 50 percent, the Gents found itself with only a three point lead with 11:48 left. Boosting their offensive effort, Cougar’s senior Andre Owens was able to knot the score at 15 with a three pointer outside the arc at the 11:10 mark.

The Cougars went on to compose a 15-0 run with 2:51 left to play, courtesy of a series of Centenary turnovers. The Cougars continued to surge ahead, putting points on the scoreboard with a duo of three pointers from sophomore Lanny Smith with 1:07 left. Houston was able to acquire 18 points off of Centenary’s 11 turnovers, gaining an 18-point edge at the break.

Trying to eliminate the offensive lull they had at the end of the first half, the Gents boosted their defensive intensity and held the Cougars scoreless three minutes into the second period. Each time the Gents cut into the deficit, the Cougars would answer back with a tireless offensive drive. Houston pushed its lead to 69-47 at the 12:42 mark, thanks to improved team foul shooting.

Hamilton came off the bench, making a valiant effort to erase the deficit going 4-5 from downtown. With 7:20 left on the clock Jarmorrow Moragne fouled out of the game with a season high of seven rebounds followed by Kevin Taylor and Maclies. The Cougars were able to keep up their momentum late in the second period to seal the win.

Centenary, who shot 48 percent from the field the first period, stepped up to 68 percent the second half and hit 16 shots in the paint to finish at 58 percent. Houston shot 39.4 percent the second half and 44.8 percent for the game.

The Gents (2-12, 0-3) will jump back into conference play on Saturday against Oral Roberts in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Golden Eagles come off a nail-biting 85-83 loss to conference foe Western Illinois, pushing their record to 11-4, and 2-1 in conference action. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.