Valpo Uses Size Advantage to Discard Gents, 61-51
Monday, February 14, 2005

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Valparaiso at Centenary Box Score

Chad Maclies

Jarmorrow Moragne

Tyrone Hamilton

SHREVEPORT—Valparaiso outscored Centenary in the paint 28-4 in the second half while outrebounding the Gents 49-30 en route to the 61-51 win in the Gold Dome on Monday evening. A trio of Crusaders combined to provide 58 of Valpo’s 61 total points as only two other players scored in the victory.


Centenary (3-21, 1-12) led for all but six minutes of the opening period of play and went into the locker room with a 25-24 advantage. The Gents held Valparaiso to a meager 22.2 percent shooting effort from the floor, but the Crusaders kept the game within reach by converting on 9-of-11 free throw attempts in the half. Centenary held Valpo without a field goal from for almost eight and a half minutes from the 11:55 mark to 3:25 remaining on the clock. 


Chad Maclies led the Gents offensively in the early going, amassing 12 points in the first 20 minutes. Valpo’s Ron Howard matched Maclies, dropping in 12 points of his own on 3-of-6 from the floor and 4-of-4 from the free throw line.


Valparaiso (13-12, 9-4) took control from the start of the second half, acquiring the lead at 26-25 on a layup by Howard. The Gents battled back from a six-point deficit to tie the game at 42 apiece on a jumper from Kevin Taylor. Minutes later, Centenary grabbed the advantage when David Tolefree made good on a pair of free throw tries.


Kenny Harris answered the Gents call with a basket inside that put Valparaiso ahead for the remainder of the contest. The Crusaders embarked on a 13-0 run that began at the 5:06 mark and didn’t subside until Jarmorrow Moragne knocked down one of two free throws with 59.4 seconds left.


Howard and Dan Oppland each tallied double doubles for Valparaiso on the night. Howard finished with 20 points and 10 boards while Oppland pumped in 20 points to go with 11 rebounds. Harris powered his way to 18 points, all on easy buckets in the lane. Jarryd Loyd and Jimmie Miles were the only other Crusaders to record a point as they contributed two points and one point respectively to the winning cause.


Maclies finished with only 16 points as he suffered through a 1-of-8 shooting slump in the second half. Taylor served as a spark plug off the bench for Centenary as he netted 15 points in 23 minutes, going 3-for-5 from the three-point line. Moragne added 11 points in the loss.


To make matters worse for the Gents, point guard Tyrone Hamilton suffered a serious leg injury late in the game. The freshman is second on the team with a scoring average of 12.5 ppg. It is unclear when he will return to the lineup.


Centenary will next host IUPUI as part of a homecoming doubleheader on Saturday. Tip is scheduled for 4:30 pm in the Gold Dome.