Gents Fall Short in Cedar City, 70-63
Sunday, February 13, 2005




Chad Maclies

Clarke Jackson

CEDAR CITY, Utah--The Southern Utah Thunderbirds foiled Centenary's bid to win back-to-back games by downing the Gents on Saturday evening 70-63. The three-point shooting of Rand Janes and the inside play of DeAngelo Newsom proved to be too much for the Gents on the road as the two players combined for 37 points.

Although the Centenary bench outscored SUU 29-11 in the loss, the Thunderbirds used their size to take advantage down low. Southern Utah (12-12, 5-8 Mid-Con) edged the Gents 30-18 on points in the paint.

Centenary (3-20, 1-11 Mid-Con) trailed 31-26 at the half despite only converting on 1-of-6 shots from behind the three-point arc. Southern Utah never relinquished its lead in the second half, but the Gents did get as close as two points on a pair of occasions.

After a layup by Newsom put the Thunderbirds ahead by five, Kevin Taylor knocked down a trifecta to pull Centenary within two with 7:53 remaining at 58-56. SUU answered with a 5-0 run to bring the advantage back to seven before another long range shot by Taylor narrowed the deficit to four points. A Chad Maclies layup off of a dish by Tyrone Hamilton at the 5:07 mark made the margin just two points, but the Gents would not score again until Clarke Jackson's tip-in with 37 seconds to go.

Maclies turned in another strong performance for Centenary, scoring 21 points and grabbing seven boards. Jackson tallied a career-high nine points off the bench while Hamilton finished with just two points on a 1-of-10 shooting effort.

Newsom notched his second double double in as many tries against the Gents as he totaled 21 points and 11 rebounds on the evening for Southern Utah. Janes nailed four of his six attempts from downtown to knock down 16 points while Tim Gainey added 13 points in the win.