Flaska Earns First Win as Gents Coach
Friday, November 18, 2005

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Alexander Starr

Jason Underwood

Xavier Burnette

Larry Logan

Clarke Jackson

SHREVEPORT—Centenary men’s basketball coach Rob Flaska earned his first Division I victory and his first as the Gents’ leader with an 84-73 win over visiting Texas-Tyler in the Gold Dome on Friday evening. Four Gents scored in double figures and three more nearly missed the feat as the maroon and white prevailed in a contest that featured 58 personal fouls and 48 turnovers.


Centenary (1-0) raced out to an early and decisive lead by scoring 13 of the first 15 points in the game. Junior transfer Alexander Starr opened his career in fine fashion, scoring six points in the first six minutes while fellow transfer Xavier Burnette added four points over that span.


The Gents still held a double-digit advantage with 8:05 left to play in the opening half at 24-11 before Texas-Tyler began to fight its way back into the game. With just under three minutes left to play in the period, Patrick Branche made good on a layup and Ryan Salters converted on one of two free throws to bring the Patriots to within three at 30-27. However, Starr answered with five more points to provide the home team some breathing room with a 40-32 advantage.


The University of Texas at Tyler (0-1) shot a dismal 1-of-7 from the three-point line in the first half, but rebounded to sink 5-of-12 trifectas in the final 20 minutes. One of those long-range shots by Brandon Weasby sparked a 9-0 run for the Patriots that shrunk a 12-point deficit to just three at the 12:41 mark. Centenary again responded with a 12-2 run over the next four minutes with contributions of four points each from junior Jason Underwood and freshman Bryan Baumann. Texas-Tyler never got closer than eight points the rest of the way as the Gents seized control of the remaining eight minutes.


Starr led Centenary with 14 points despite playing only 22 minutes because of foul trouble. Underwood matched Starr’s 14 points from the low post while Burnette added 12 points in the win. Sophomore Clarke Jackson, one of only two returners to see action on the night for the Gents, sank 11 points.


Junior Larry Logan led all players with 11 rebounds to go with seven points in his first game wearing the maroon and white. Newcomer Eric Holmes notched nine points and junior transfer Chris Watson poured in eight points on 4-of-6 shooting from the field. Watson saw limited action, logging only 10 minutes of court time due to a lingering physical illness.     


Jamal Vanderbilt netted a game-high 20 points for the Patriots in the loss while Branche and Weasby chipped in with 14 and 11 points respectively.


Coach Flaska and his Gents will get their first road test on Tuesday when Centenary travels to face SMU in Dallas, Texas, at 7 p.m. The Mustangs hold the all-time series advantage at 9-2, which includes an 86-73 victory over the Gents the last time the two teams met in 1996. The game will be broadcast locally in the Shreveport-Bossier area on KSYR Sunny 92.1 FM and can be heard over the internet at www.SportsJuice.com.