Lafayette, Houston Gun Down Gents 75-62
Tuesday, January 3, 2006


Files associated with this release:
CC-Houston Box Score 1-3-06


Larry Loagn

Xavier Burnette

Clarke Jackson

SHREVEPORT—The Houston Cougars were out-rebounded and out-shot by the Centenary Gents in the Gold Dome on Tuesday evening but prevailed 75-62 behind hot shooting from Oliver Lafayette and a defense that forced 25 turnovers. The Cougars molded the Centenary misques into 36 points compared to only 15 points off of turnovers for the Gents. 

 

Houston (8-3) showed off its high-energy style defense to the crowd at the Gold Dome immediately as the visitors forced the Gents into 13 first-half turnovers. The Cougars began to pull away early going on a 12-0 run fueled by seven consecutive points by Brian Latham to extend the Cougar lead to 17-5 just four minutes into the game.

 

Centenary (2-9) cut the deficit back to a manageable nine points at 26-17 with over eight minutes to play on a trifecta by Clarke Jackson. Houston’s Oliver Lafayette showed why he came into the game averaging 20 points when he caught fire late in the period. The junior drilled 5-of-6 three-pointers to go into the lockerroom with 16 points, but the Gents used a drive and a last-second steal and jumper by freshman Bryan Baumann to make the score 44-33 at the break. 

 

The Gents kept the Houston lead at 11 seven minutes into the second half but back-to-back-to-back three-point plays by the Cougars widened the gap to 66-47. The run began with 13:21 on the clock when Latham fired and missed on a long distance attempt. Centenary’s Baumann was called for a questionable foul on the play and Latham made good on all three free throws. Immediately following, Ramon Dyer nailed a triple which was succeeded by Lafayette’s sixth three-pointer on the night.

 

From there Houston sailed to the victory but never pulled away for good. The game would not end without controversy though as new head coach Rob Flaska picked up his first technical foul inside the Gold Dome. The instance occurred when a loose ball appeared to be heading out of bounds before Xavier Burnette jumped, grabbed the ball, and threw if off of a Houston player. However, before the play had ended, the referee had already blown the whistle and ruled Burnette out of bounds. Flaska complained to the nearest official and was promptly slapped with the technical.

 

Lafayette cooled off considerably in the second half but still finished with a game-high 21 points to pace the Cougars on 7-of-15 from the field and 6-of-11 from long distance. Dyer and Latham each added 15 points for Houston in the win.

 

Larry Logan led all Gents with 14 points on a 6-of-9 effort from the field. Burnette finished perfect from the field, going 4-of-4 including 3-of-3 from three-point land and 2-of-2 from the free throw line. Clarke Jackson came off the bench to contribute 13 points while Chris Watson pulled down a career-high eight rebounds.

 

Centenary will receive only a short rest as it travels to face Mid-Con opponents Western Illinois on Thursday and UMKC on Saturday. Both games can be heard locally on KSYR 92.1 FM and over the internet at www.SportsJuice.com.