WIU Takes Pivotal Game from Gents on Homecoming, 68-59
Saturday, February 4, 2006

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CC-WIU2 Box Score 2-4-06

Eric Holmes

Larry Logan

Xavier Burnette

SHREVEPORT—Western Illinois delivered a crucial blow to Centenary’s chances at gaining a spot in the Mid-Continent Conference tournament with a 68-59 win in men’s basketball action Saturday evening. The homecoming loss dropped the Gents a full game behind the Leathernecks for the final spot in the league standings with only five games to play. Centenary must pass Western Illinois and win the position outright as WIU now holds the tiebreaker having swept the season series from the Gents.


Centenary (4-18, 2-9 Mid-Con) could not get its offense started in the early going and the Gents were forced to play catch-up the rest of the game. After Western Illinois scored the initial basket of the night, Eric Holmes found nothing but net for the Maroon and White on a 25-foot three-pointer as the shot clock expired. The 3-2 lead would be the only advantage for Centenary all evening as the Leathernecks then scored the next 10 points and went into halftime on top of the Gents 32-27.


Western Illinois (7-15, 3-8 Mid-Con) would extend its lead to as much as 15 points, but Centenary pulled within two at 41-39 with 14:45 remaining on a jumper by Chris Watson. Shortly after, the Gents offense began to misfire again and the Leathernecks quickly raced back up by nine points where the differential would stay for most of the rest of the contest.


Although the Gents forced Western into committing 22 turnovers, the Leathernecks out-rebounded Centenary 39-32 and won the shooting edge 45.5 percent to 38.9 percent. The long distance shots would prove costly to the home team as the Gents converted on only 4-of-19 trifectas in the loss.


Fred Oguns notched a double double for Western Illinois with 17 points and 10 boards. Sammy Hunter was on target with his shooting as he finished with 20 points on 7-of-10 from the field, which included 4-of-6 from the three-point arc.


Holmes scored a career-high 13 points to lead Centenary while also collecting four rebounds, one block, and a steal on the evening. Larry Logan tallied 11 points and Xavier Burnette dished out five assists in the loss.


The Gents will take to the road once again as they travel to face Chicago State on Saturday before moving on to Southern Utah a week from Monday. Both games can be heard locally in the Shreveport-Bossier area on Sunny 92.1 FM and over the internet at SportsJuice.com.