UMKC Outlasts Late Gents Rally 69-63
Saturday, January 7, 2006


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Bryan Baumann

Xavier Burnette

Eric Holmes

E.J. Kusnyer

Larry Logan

KANSAS CITY, Mo.-  The Centenary men’s basketball team put together a late game comeback that fell just short in the waning minute of a 69-63 loss to UMKC.  Down 10 with less than two minutes to play, the Gents sparked a late 8-1 run to pull within three but couldn’t pull out the victory.

 

Bryan Baumann and Xavier Burnette led Centenary with 11 points each, while Eric Holmes and E.J. Kusnyer added nine each.  Larry Logan led all rebounders with eight while Baumann tied for a game best six assists.

 

Kusnyer scored all of his career-high nine points in the second half, nailing back-to-back threes to pull the Gents within three at the 10:25 mark and another three pointer to cap Centenary’s late run with 26 seconds remaining.  UMKC put the ball in the hands of star guard Quinton Day at the end, securing the win with clutch shots from the free throw line.

 

Day led the Kangaroos with 27 points, joined by Dee Ayuba and Brent Stephens in double figures with 19 and 10 respectively.

 

The game started out with a UMKC advantage, leading by six five minutes into the game.  After a three pointer by Burnette tied the game at 14-14 four minutes later, the half saw a combination of eight ties or lead changes.  Centenary took the lead at the 9:10 mark on a three by Holmes, and after trailing by no more than three for the next seven minutes, regained the advantage on a trifecta by Clarke Jackson. 

 

Seven of the Gents 11 field goals in the first half came from behind the arc, but it was a traditional three-point play with one second remaining by UMKC’s Tim Blackwell that put the ‘Roos up one going into the break.

 

Centenary returns home to face ACC powerhouse Georgia Tech at the CenturyTel Center in Bossier City, La.  Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. and can be heard locally on KSYR “Sunny” 92.1 FM and online at www.SportsJuice.com.