Gents Suffer Seventh Straight Home Mid-Con Loss
Saturday, February 19, 2005


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CC-IUPUI Box Score 2-19-05


Chad Maclies

Clarke Jackson

SHREVEPORT--David Tolefree scored a career-high 16 points while filling in for the injured Tyrone Hamilton (12.5 ppg), but it was not enough as IUPUI held Centenary to just 23.8 percent shooting in the first half en route to the 64-56 victory. The loss in the Gold Dome on Saturday afternoon gave the Gents their seventh consecutive Mid-Con home loss.

 

IUPUI (14-10, 8-5) jumped out to a 14-4 lead through the first eight minutes of the contest in large part to a 1-for-10 shooting effort and seven turnovers by the Gents. Centenary began to chip away at the deficit by holding the Jaguars to just one point, a free throw by Johnny Miller, for well over a five and a half-minute span. During that time, the home team closed the gap to 17-15 highlighted by a trio of three-pointers by Kevin Taylor. The teams entered the break with IUPUI holding the upper hand at 24-21.

 

Centenary (3-22, 1-13) scored the first five points coming out of the half and took the lead briefly on a Clarke Jackson bank shot. The Jaguars answered with a 12-0 run from the 18:07 mark to just under 14 minutes remaining in the game to acquire the 36-25 advantage. Chad Maclies ended the drought for the Gents with four straight points to pull his team within seven.

 

IUPUI extended its lead to as many as 14 points on two occasions. However, the maroon and white would not go down without a fight on homecoming. Centenary once again battled back as Tolefree scored five points in just over a minute to go along with a Jackson trifecta and a Maclies tip-in to make the score 56-50. The Jaguars answered every Gent basket the rest of the way and made enough free throws to seal the win down the stretch.

 

Maclies scored 15 points for Centenary to go along with Tolefree’s 16 points to pace the Gents. The senior also hauled in nine rebounds, narrowly missing his seventh double double of the season. Taylor finished with nine points and notched a team-high five steals in the loss.

 

Five Jaguars reached double figures in scoring in the winning effort led by Akeem Clark’s 15 points. George Hill added 12 points off the bench while Maushae Byles and Brandon Cole each contributed 11 points. James Booyer tossed in 10 points for IUPUI.

 

Centenary will take a week off before traveling to Macomb, Ill., to face Western Illinois next Saturday at 8 pm. The game can be heard locally on KOKA 980 AM or on the internet at SportsJuice.com.