Gents Take to the Road for Battle with SMU
Monday, November 21, 2005

Alexander Starr

Jason Underwood

DALLAS, Texas—The Centenary men’s basketball team will open the road portion of its 2005-06 schedule at SMU on Tuesday at 7 p.m. The Gents are primed for the upset after an 84-73 win in their season opener over the University of Texas at Tyler on Friday in the Gold Dome. The contest will be the first of three consecutive home dates for the Mustangs in Moody Coliseum after opening with a 71-64 loss to Louisiana-Monroe on the road.


Centenary (1-0) newcomers Alexander Starr, Jason Underwood, and Xavier Burnette all turned in fine performances for the Gents in their debut on Friday. Starr and Underwood each dropped in 14 points while Burnette added 12 points in the win. Transfer Larry Logan enjoyed a solid game in the paint as well, securing a game-high 11 rebounds.


SMU (0-1) suffered through shooting woes in its opener with ULM as the Mustangs managed just a 38.1 percent effort from the field. Derrick Roberts led the way with 19 points while Dez Willingham contributed 14 points in the loss. Devon Pearson will be a major concern for the Gents inside as he hauled in 16 rebounds against the Indians.


Centenary trails 9-2 in the all-time series against SMU, but the two teams haven’t met each other on the hardwood for almost ten years. The Mustangs prevailed 86-73 in the 1996 victory, a tough loss for the Gents as they dominated almost every category on the stat sheet. However, 19 turnovers for the maroon and white proved costly in the end.


The game will be the first against a Division I opponent for new head coach Rob Flaska. The Gents have not faired well on the road in the past and have not enjoyed a winning record away from the Gold Dome in 15 years. Flaska will look to change that trend tomorrow and will have help from the Dallas-area Centenary alumni as they have organized a dinner and will be in attendance to support the Gents at the game.