Frustrated Gents Lose in Overtime to Chicago State 77-69
Saturday, February 11, 2006

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Gents-CSU Box Score 2-11-06

Chris Watson

Eric Holmes

Clarke Jackson

CHICAGO, Ill.—The Centenary men’s basketball team desperately needed a win at Chicago State on Saturday to keep their hopes alive for a berth in the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament. Despite controlling most of the contest, and leading for all but 1:09 of regulation, the Gents fell in overtime 77-69 after squandering a 12-point lead in the second half. The loss drastically hurts Centenary’s chances of any postseason tournament action and is the sixth close loss for the Maroon and White in league play this year.


Centenary (4-19, 2-10 Mid-Con) had a chance to win the game and thwart Chicago State’s comeback effort in the final seconds. After Aaron Williams corralled his own miss and made the subsequent basket with 1:02 remaining, the Gents took possession of the ball. Chris Watson’s three-pointer missed left, but Alexander Starr tipped the ball back out and gave Centenary the opportunity to play for the last shot.


The Gents chose to run down the clock and then call a timeout with 8.8 seconds to play despite having a mismatch at the top of the key with guard Xavier Burnette handling the ball with CSU forward Camron Clay guarding him. During the timeout, the Cougars made the adjustment on defense and decided to foul as they had one to give. The foul was whistled with four ticks left, giving the ball to Centenary on the sideline. The Gents turned the ball over on the inbounds play and never got a shot attempt to win the game.


Chicago State (6-17, 5-7 Mid-Con) owned the overtime period as they out-rebounded Centenary 6-1. They also made good on their only three-point attempt and sank all six of their free throws.


The Gents came out of the gates in the first half on fire and jumped to a 9-2 lead. A missed put-back, two missed free throws, and a botched fastbreak in the early going by Centenary kept the Cougars in the contest. The Gents continued to hold a comfortable lead throughout the first period and held the upper hand at 35-29 at the break.


An 8-2 run to start the second stanza brought Centenary’s advantage back to 12 at 43-31 with 17:40 remaining. However, Chicago State finally awoke and put together a 12-3 run behind a pair of trifectas from David Holston to pull within three. The Gents pulled away again, but the Cougars used a 9-0 run to take their only lead of regulation at 52-51 at the 9:34 mark. Centenary answered with two free throws from Bryan Baumann to retake the lead and would stay in front until Williams’ put-back.


Watson led Centenary with 17 points while Eric Holmes scored a career-high 15 points to go with five rebounds. Clarke Jackson made good on three long distance shots and a drive for 11 points in the loss.


Holston drained five triples and totaled 19 points for Chicago State. Michael Henderson pumped in 18 points, Royce Parran dropped in 15, and Clay added 10 points while grabbing nine boards.