Gents Nearly Pull Off Short-handed Win in Losing to SUU
Monday, February 13, 2006


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CC-SUU2 Box Score 2-13-06


Eric Holmes

Ronnie Martin

Xavier Burnette

CEDAR CITY, Utah—Playing without starter Alexander Starr and needing a win to make a run at the Mid-Con Tournament, the Centenary men’s basketball team put fourth a valiant effort in losing 72-64 to Southern Utah on Monday evening. The loss drops the Gents to 2-11 in league play while the Thunderbirds improved to 6-6 within the conference.

 

Southern Utah (8-17, 6-6 Mid-Con) opened the first half on fire as the Thunderbirds shot 6-of-9 from behind the three-point line to race out to a 24-14 lead. Playing without second leading scorer and rebounder Alexander Starr, and despite leading scorer Chris Watson only playing four minutes in the first period, the Gents hung tough with the home team. Centenary (4-20, 2-11 Mid-Con) finished the opening 20 minutes on a 12-2 run on five points from Eric Holmes and a three-pointer at the buzzer by Clarke Jackson to take the lead 29-28 in the low-scoring affair.

 

Starr was hospitalized after suffering a bout of dehydration on the flight out to Las Vegas. The junior was treated and sat out the game for precautionary measures.

 

After the lead changed hands several times in the opening minutes of the second half the game came to a crawl when the officials took control of the game. Southern Utah pulled out to a nine-point lead at 55-46 on a free throw by Henry Uhegwu. There would not be much live action the rest of the way as 45 free throws were shot between the two teams in the second half alone. 59 free throws were shot total in the game.

 

Eric Holmes led Centenary with a career-high 18 points on the night. Ronnie Martin added a personal best 12 points in the loss for the Gents while Xavier Burnette finished with 10 points.

 

Southern Utah saw five players reach double figures in scoring led by Uhegwu’s 19 points on 11-of-12 from the free throw line.