Fiesty Gents Give Georgia Tech Fits, Fall 85-69
Tuesday, January 10, 2006

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Chris Watson

Xavier Burnette

Bryan Baumann

Larry Logan

BOSSIER CITY, La. Down 17 at halftime, the Centenary men’s basketball team cut their second half deficit to six before eventually falling to visiting Georgia Tech 85-69 Tuesday night at the CenturyTel Center.  The Yellow Jackets were coming off an upset victory over #11 Boston College, while the Gents had something to prove after two close losses in winnable road games against conference opponents.


Chris Watson led the Gents with 18 points off the bench, joined by Xavier Burnette in double figures with 16 points.  Watson also led the way with seven rebounds while Bryan Baumann’s six assists were a game high.


The Yellow Jackets (9-4) started the game on a 12-0 run, holding the Gents scoreless through the first media timeout until Baumann hit a jumper at the 15:11 mark.  Georgia Tech would lead by as many as 21 in the first frame and looked ready to pull away with the game, but a tenacious Gents defense made up for the lack of early scoring as they forced 19 turnovers in the contest.


Centenary (2-12) was fueled in the second half by a rambunctious student section, cheering on the Maroon and White as they chipped away at the Georgia Tech lead until Larry Logan’s three pointer made it a six point contest with 7:34 to go.  After a missed three pointer by Watson, the Yellow Jackets came back with a 10-0 run over the next five minutes to pull comfortably ahead for the remainder of the game.


Four Georgia Tech players scored in double figures, as Ra’Sean Dickey and Jeremis Smith led the way with 19 points each.  Zam Fredrick would add 18 while Anthony Morrow chipped in with 12.  Smith would grab a game-high 10 boards for the double-double.


Georgia Tech took advantage of a larger inside presence to outscore the Gents 48-34 in the paint.  Outrebounding Centenary 46-29, including 14-5 on the offensive glass, the Yellow Jackets converted 16 second chance points to the Gents’ four.


Centenary remains home and returns to the friendly confines of the Gold Dome as they host Chicago State on Thursday, January 12, at 7 p.m.  The Gents then take on Southern Utah as part of a doubleheader with the Ladies on Saturday in Shreveport.