Gents Struggle Down Stretch, Fall 63-52 at IUPUI
Thursday, January 19, 2006

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Bryan Baumann

Chris Watson

Larry Logan

Coming off their first Mid-Continent Conference victory of the season, the Centenary men’s basketball team fell 63-52 on the road at IUPUI on Thursday night.  After overcoming a 12 point first half deficit to take the lead in the second with 10 minutes to play, the Gents had trouble getting good looks and hitting free throws down the stretch to close out the contest.


Bryan Baumann led the Gents with 17 points off the bench, going 6-of-8 from the floor and nailing four of his five shots from beyond the arc. Junior Chris Watson joined him in double figures with 12 points, while Larry Logan grabbed a team high 10 rebounds and blocked four shots in the loss.


Down seven at half, the Gents chipped away at the deficit from the beginning, starting with six straight points by Watson.  Centenary would tie the score at the 13.35 mark on a three by Clarke Jackson, and after IUPUI retook the lead, on a four point play by Baumann two minutes later.


The Maroon and White would take their only lead of the second half as Watson nailed a three pointer from the right side, pulling head by one at the 10:35 mark.  After trading the lead, and tying even again on a 15 footer by Logan, IUPUI would retake the lead for good by out scoring the Gents 19-8 the final nine minutes of play.


Centenary (3-14, 1-5 Mid-Con) kept the game within reach during the first half despite turning the ball over nine times and shooting just 38.1 percent from the floor.  After taking the initial led, the Gents trailed the entire period despite holding off IUPUI rallies and knocking on the door to retaking the lead. 


Down five with eight minutes to play, Baumann’s putback on the offensive glass, followed by a spot up three on the next possession, cut the Jags lead to two.


The Jaguars (10-7, 5-1 Mid-Con) would later lead by as many as 11 with two minutes to play in the frame, but back-to-back baskets by Logan and Ronnie Martin cut the lead to seven.


The Gents were able to hold IUPUI to under 35 percent shooting in the half, holding the Jaguars scoreless for the final two minutes.  The home Jags entered the break up 28-21, thanks especially to 12 point first half showing from behind the arc by Matt Burks.


Brandon Cole recorded a double-double for the Jaguars, matching his 12 points with 12 rebounds.  He was joined in double-digit scoring by George Hill, who scored nine of his 12 points from the charity stripe, and Burks, who was help scoreless in the second half.


The Gents continue their road trek as they travel to Rochester, Mich., to take on Oakland as part of a doubleheader with the Ladies.  Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. and can be heard locally on KSYR “Sunny” 92.1 FM and online at