Gents Push Valpo to Brink, Fall 81-75 in Overtime
Saturday, February 5, 2005


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Chad Maclies

Jarmorrow Moragne

Tyrone Hamilton

Valparaiso, Ind. - The Centenary men’s basketball team came within six seconds of picking up their first Mid-Continent Conference win of the season at Valparaiso, but wound up on the wrong side of two questionable calls, falling 81-75 in overtime.

 

            Four Centenary players scored in double-figures, led by Chad Maclies with 20.  Jarmorrow Moragne added 16 while Tyrone Hamilton and Curtis Tillman dropped 13 and 12 respectively.

 

            Valparaiso’s Ron Howard nailed seven of his school record 18 free throws in the extra period to help the Crusaders escape a home defeat to the visiting Gents.

 

            The Gents came out to start the game intent on making the Crusaders earn every point.  In a first half that saw three ties and eight lead changes, Centenary jumped to the quick lead off a jumper by Tillman, but Valpo answered right back with a three by Dan Oppland.

 

            The Crusaders would hold the lead for the next seven minutes, trading points with the Gents but never leading by more than five.  Hamilton’s jumper at the 12:25 mark gave the Gents their second lead, but a Kenny Harris’ putback put Valpo back at a one-point advantage.

 

            Down a pair, Moragne’s shot fell as he was fouled driving to the basket, giving the Mid-Con’s third best free throw shooter (81.7 percent) a chance at a bonus point.  Converting the free throw, the Gents took their third lead of the contest and increased their lead to four at the 10 minute mark as Hamilton’s trifecta hit it’s mark.

 

            With just a minute and a half remaining in the half, down one, Howard stepped to the line shooting one-and-one.  Missing off the back of the rim, Oppland grabbed the offensive board, kicking the ball out to Seth Colclasure who nailed the subsequent three to give the Crusaders a two point advantage.  Howard’s pair of free throws in the final seconds gave Valpo a 36-32 halftime lead.

 

            The second half saw more of the same with neither team willing to concede.  Centenary jumped out first thanks to the aggressive play of Maclies in the paint.  The senior forward scored seven of the Gents first nine second half points, taking the lead at the 18:25 mark and again at the 17:20 mark.

 

            With the backing of the home crowd, Valpo went on a four minute 10-2 run to push their lead to six after five and a half minutes of play.  The Gents wouldn’t surrender, coming back within one at the 9:05 mark from an Ian Maxwell tip in of a Maclies’ missed three.  The Crusaders stayed strong, losing and regaining the lead before Moragne’s three even the score at 67-67 with 90 ticks left on the clock.

 

            Another jumper by Moragne with a minute left gave the Gents a two-point lead, but Shawn Harris was fouled driving to the basket on the Crusaders final possession.  Only 1-of-4 from the charity stripe to that point, Harris hit both shots, giving the Gents a final chance with six seconds remaining.  Moragne was called for a questionable traveling violation though, giving Valpo one last shot to steal the win.  On the inbounds, Troy Williams broke up the inbound pass, delivering an outlet to Hamilton for a final half court prayer.  Instead, Hamilton lost control of the ball after a collision with Colclasure but with no foul called, the game was sent to overtime 69-69.

 

            The Gents next travel to Chicago State for a rematch of an earlier loss against the Cougars, 64-57.  Tip off is set for 7 p.m.

 

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