Mustangs Too Much For Gents on the Road, 85-67
Tuesday, November 22, 2005

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Jason Underwood

Clarke Jackson

DALLAS, Texas—The Centenary men’s basketball team continued its road woes with an 85-67 loss at the hands of SMU at Moody Coliseum on Tuesday evening. The loss is the first for new head coach Rob Flaska as the Gents lack of size caught up with them against a much bigger Mustang team.


Centenary never led in the first half as a three-pointer by freshman Bryan Baumann with just under three minutes into the game knotted the score at 5-5. The Gents would not be as close the rest of the way after a three-point play by SMU’s Dez Willingham the old fashioned way followed by two easy baskets by the Mustangs made the deficit seven points for the Gents in the early going.


As the first half continued Centenary struggled with its shooting, finishing the opening period with a 36.7 percent effort from the field and only 14.3 percent from the three-point line. The Mustangs size advantage held true as the Gents were outrebounded severely 24-10 at the break despite switching to a zone defense in the final minutes. The maroon and white compounded their problems by committing a plethora of fouls leading to 18 made free throws on 23 attempts for SMU in the first stanza.


The Gents stormed out of the half, scoring the first seven points highlighted by another trifecta from Baumann, this one of the fadeaway variety with one second left on the shot clock on an out-of-bounds play. Centenary pulled within 15 points before the first media timeout but again the Gents could not find an answer for the post play of SMU. Forward Devon Pearson scored 22 points by the 17-minute mark of the second period as he had his way in the paint all evening.


SMU opened the door slightly for the visitors when it committed a break-away intentional foul with 8:51 to play while holding a 14-point advantage at 63-49. The Gents could not convert though as Clarke Jackson missed both free throws and Centenary turned the ball over on the ensuing possession to squander what would turn out to be their best chance to get back in the game.


For the game, SMU won the battle on the boards 37-23 and made a living at the charity stripe, making good on 35-of-41 attempts. Pearson led all scorers with 26 points and recorded a double double with 11 rebounds. Derrick Roberts added 14 points for the home team while Brian Morris, Willingham, and Ike Ofoegbu rounded out the double-digit scorers with 12, 11, and 10 points respectively.  


Centenary improved on its turnover ratio after committing 26 in the season opener. The Gents totaled 18 turnovers on their night in Dallas but shot a dismal 40.4 percent from the field compared to 52.1 percent for the Mustangs. Baumann and Alexander Starr each scored 10 points in the loss for the Gents while Jason Underwood added several late baskets to finish with a team-high 14 points. Jackson found the net on three long distance shots to contribute 12 points.


After a short Thanksgiving break, Centenary will travel to face Ole Miss in Oxford, Miss., on Saturday at 7 p.m. The game can be heard in the Shreveport-Bossier area on KSYR 92.1 FM and on the internet at