Lack of Rebounding Dooms Gents Against Chicago State
Thursday, January 12, 2006

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CC-CSU1 Box Score 1-12-06

Chris Watson

Bryan Baumann

Larry Logan

E.J. Kusnyer

SHREVEPORT—The Chicago State Cougars used a plethora of offensive rebounds to slip past Centenary 67-63 in the Gold Dome on Thursday evening. The game featured sub-par shooting efforts from both teams and a last minute flurry by the Gents, but the visiting Cougars made their free throws when it counted to snap their 12-game losing streak. The win improves CSU to 1-4 in Mid-Con play while Centenary falls to 0-4 in the league.


Centenary (2-13, 0-4 Mid-Con) raced out to an 11-2 lead in the opening minutes of play powered by several fast breaks and five points by Larry Logan, including a powerful dunk. When it looked as though the Gents would run away with it, Chicago State began to chip away with easy put-backs. Centenary went cold as the home team could not buy a bucket and the Cougars attacked with an 11-0 run that landed the visitors in front at 21-16 with 7:11 remaining in the half. The game then slowed to a crawl as neither team could generate any offense and the buzzer sounded to end the period with CSU in front 27-23.


Chicago State (2-14, 1-4) allowed Centenary to climb back into the lead as the Gents stormed out of the break with a 7-1 run. Chris Watson hit a jumper and tipped in a Logan miss and Xavier Burnette hit his only three-pointer of the night to give the Maroon and White the 30-28 advantage less than three minutes in.


The contest see-sawed back and forth over the next several possessions before a long distance three by CSU’s David Holston made the deficit five for the Gents. Centenary would never move back in front the rest of the way, but the Cougars could not put the game out of reach. Chicago State’s biggest lead would be only eight points and Centenary managed to shrink it back to three on several occasions. The Gents best chance to pull closer was disrupted by a turnover with 1:03 left in the game with the score at 57-53.


Forced to foul to get the ball back, Centenary began the tactic with 55 seconds to go. Royce Parran sank both attempts, but the Gents answered with an inside bucket by Watson. On the ensuing inbounds play, Alexander Starr stole the pass and called for a timeout while falling out of bounds. However, Centenary was out of timeouts and the result was a technical foul with 44.1 seconds remaining. Holston made good on both tries and was fouled again after a Gent’s miss from the field. This time he made only one free toss.


Centenary’s E.J. Kusnyer fired up a long distance shot that was well of the mark but corralled his own miss and connected on the put-back while getting fouled to make the score 62-57. Following the miss on the free try, CSU again made only one of two free throw attempts and Kusnyer found the net on a 24-foot three-point shot.


Now down by just three at 63-60 with 19 ticks left, another necessary foul and two more free throws by Holston seemingly put the game away before Bryan Baumann launched a shot while falling out of bounds, that somehow passed through the rim, to bring the deficit back to just two. Parran then finally ended any hopes of a dramatic comeback by drilling both tries with less than five seconds on the clock.


Chicago State made good on 10-of-12 free throws in the final minute despite converting on just 7-of-15 charity attempts the rest of the evening. The Cougars won the rebounding margin 46-40, but that stat is misleading because of several late caroms by the Gents. CSU held a double-digit advantage in the category for most of the victory.


Watson led the Gents with a dominating 26-point effort, but contributed only four rebounds in the loss. Baumann finished with 11 points off the bench on 3-of-6 from downtown while Logan added nine points and nine boards.


Kourtney Calvin provided the surprise offense for Chicago State as he dropped in 21 points off the bench and hauled in 12 rebounds. Parran had 15 points to go with seven boards while Holston added 14 points, nine from the free throw line for the Cougars.


Centenary will complete its three games in five days grueling trek through the schedule with another Mid-Con contest on Saturday. The Gents will host Southern Utah in the Gold Dome at 7 p.m.