Turnovers Continue to Haunt Gents, UAB Wins 72-58
Tuesday, December 20, 2005


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CC-UAB Box Score 12-19-05


Chris Watson

Clarke Jackson

Alexander Starr

Bryan Baumann

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The Centenary men’s basketball team has struggled to correct two problems that have plagued it throughout the early going this season, rebounding and turnovers. In the Gents 72-58 loss at UAB on Monday evening, the maroon and white won the battle on the boards 53-37, but committed a staggering 37 turnovers. The Blazers turned those Centenary miscues into 33 points, which were more than enough to put the Gents away.

 

Centenary (2-6) got off to a rocky start as the host Blazers reeled off a 20-0 run just minutes into the contest to put the Gents in their rearview mirror at 24-2. The visitors finally got on the board with a Clarke Jackson lay-up and a Bryan Baumann three-pointer, but UAB had the game well under control and took a 38-20 lead into the break.

 

UAB (5-3) kept constant pressure on the Gents, but for a stretch in the second half Centenary seemed to find the solution. The two teams traded baskets directly out of the intermission before the Gents answered with a Jackson trifecta and a three-point play the old fashioned way by Alexander Starr to trim the deficit to 12 points. Just over a minute later, Chris Watson found Jackson again from long range to pull Centenary within nine at 40-31.

 

The Gents would be unable to keep the momentum going as the Blazers rebounded with 12 unanswered points over the next two minutes to rebuild their advantage to 21 points. UAB held a comfortable 20-point margin over Centenary the rest of the way until a pair of free throws by Starr, a three-pointer by Larry Logan, and one more free throw by Watson over the final 1:28 made the difference 14 at the buzzer.

 

Marvett McDonald paced the Blazers with 15 points as UAB finished the game with 19 turnovers of its own and shot just 38 percent from the field. Brandon Tobias and Wen Mukubu added 11 and 10 points off the bench in the win.

 

Chris Watson again provided offensive punch off the bench for Centenary as the junior dropped in 16 points on 4-of-13 from the field and 8-of-10 from the charity stripe. Jackson contributed 10 points in the loss while Baumann, the freshman guard, hauled in a game-high 11 rebounds. Starr continued his consistent all-around play as he totaled nine points, seven boards, and five steals for the Gents.

 

Centenary will conclude its current two-game road trip on Thursday with an afternoon match-up with in-state rival Nicholls State in Thibodeaux at 2 pm. The Gents hold the all-time series lead at 5-1 over the Colonels.