Gents Grab First Mid-Con Win of Season, 66-63 over CSU
Thursday, February 10, 2005

Tyrone Hamilton

Chad Maclies

CHICAGO, Ill. – Undaunted by their controversial overtime loss at Valparaiso, the Centenary men’s basketball team defeated Chicago State for the first time in their last four tries, 66-63.  The win is the first in the Mid-Continent Conference this season for the Gents and breaks a 14 game slide.


Tyrone Hamilton led the Gents with 23 points in only 25 minutes of action before fouling out.  Juniors Curtis Tillman and Kevin Taylor joined him in double-figures with 15 and 11 respectively, with Tillman grabbing a team-high eight rebounds. 


Chad Maclies, Centenary’s leading scorer with 18.7 points per game, added just six before fouling out but also contributed three assists, three steals, and four boards.


The Gents took a five point lead into halftime, 30-25, thanks to 46.4 percent shooting from the floor, including 37.5 percent from downtown.  Hamilton was perfect from behind the arc and from the charity stripe, hitting four-of-four threes and all three free throws.  He also shot 66.7 percent from the floor coming off the bench.


Although both squads gave the ball up 19 times, Centenary took advantage, outscoring the Cougars 21-14 off turnovers.  Chicago State’s Tony Weeden commited five turnovers and was held scoreless on the night despite averaging 14.1 points per game.


Centenary swapped leads with the Cougars for the first three minutes until Tillman knocked down a field goal at the 17:39 mark to give the Gents a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.  Chicago State wouldn’t give in without a fight, and despite being down as many as 15 with just over three minutes remaining in regulation, clawed back to within five in the waning seconds.  The effort was too late for host CSU despite holding Centenary without a field goal for the last 3:18.