Gents Squander Early Lead Despite Hot Shooting
Wednesday, December 7, 2005

Alexander Starr

Chris Watson

Larry Logan

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The Centenary Gents jumped out to a 16-point lead on the road at Birmingham-Southern Tuesday night, but could not hold on as they fell 87-79 to the Panthers. Centenary shot a sizzling 64.4 percent from the field but allowed BSC to out-rebound them 30-20, which included 17 offensive boards for the home team.


Centenary (1-4) used an 8-0 run just three minutes into the contest backed by a pair of three-pointers by Bryan Baumann and Chris Watson and a layup by Alexander Starr to surge ahead 18-9. After a trifecta by Birmingham-Southern, the Gents responded with another unanswered eight points on three-pointers from Clarke Jackson and E.J. Kusnyer to go with a pair of free throws by Larry Logan to extend the lead to 16 points at 28-12.


The double-digit advantage would still be intact for the maroon and white with 3:47 to play in the half, but the Panthers were whittling away at the deficit. Ifeanyi Ehirim sank a jumper with seven seconds left to bring BSC back to within five points at 46-41 at the break. The Gents shot an amazing 73.9 percent and converted on 6-of-8 three-point attempts in the opening period but the momentum had shifted away from Centenary.


Birmingham-Southern (4-2) took the lead at 50-49 for the first time all game four minutes into the second half after an 8-0 run capped by a tip-in by Kyle Rowland. The score would be tied six times and feature 11 lead changes over the next six minutes until a free throw by Thomas Viglianco put the Panthers ahead for good.


Centenary had 10 fast break points compared to none for BSC and won the battle in the paint 34-30. However, the Panthers outscored the Gents 20-12 on points off of turnovers and 18-8 on second chance points.


Five players scored in double figures for Centenary led by Starr’s 19 points on 8-of-9 from the field. Watson added 16 points and four rebounds but committed seven of the Gents’ 17 turnovers in the game. Logan’s 14 points are a season-high while Jackson and Baumann contributed 12 and 11 points respectively in the loss.


Viglianco paced Birmingham-Southern with 21 points, including eight from the charity stripe. James Collins provided 17 points off the bench in large part to a 4-of-5 effort from long range. Dwayne Paul tossed in 15 points for the Panthers and Ed Horton and Sredrick Powe added 12 and 10 points.


The Gents will continue on the road at Stephen F. Austin on Saturday. The game originally scheduled for 4 p.m. will now be played at 7 p.m. due to a Texas high school football playoff game on campus in the afternoon.