IUPUI Clinches Mid-Con Title With 65-49 Win Over Gents
Thursday, February 16, 2006


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CC-IUPUI2 Box Score 2-16-06


Alexander Starr

Bryan Baumann

SHREVEPORT—Two streaks were extended Thursday night in the Gold Dome when IUPUI defeated Centenary 65-49. For the Gents, the loss was the seventh straight while the Jaguars notched a school-record ninth consecutive win. IUPUI also clinched a share of its first-ever Mid-Continent Conference regular season championship and secured at least the #2 seed in the conference tournament to be played in Tulsa, Okla., beginning March 4th.

 

Centenary (4-21, 2-12 Mid-Con) got off to a bad start as the game began with a 12-0 run by IUPUI led by three long distance shots from Brandon Cole. The Gents finally got on the board at the 14:40 mark when Bryan Baumann scored inside. Cole continued to torch the Centenary defense, dropping 14 of IUPUI’s first 19 points with the help of another three-pointer.

 

IUPUI (18-7, 13-1 Mid-Con) pushed its lead to 13 points at 22-9 with just over 10 minutes to play when George Hill found the net from downtown. Centenary then responded, going on a 12-4 run over an eight-minute stretch that featured five points from Alexander Starr. The Gents’ climb would bring the team within five at 26-21 until a 7-0 run inside the last minute provided the visiting Jaguars with a 33-21 halftime advantage.

 

After going 7-of-12 from behind the three-point line in the first period, IUPUI cooled down considerably in the second half, but the Gents would not be able to take advantage. Centenary cut the deficit to seven on two separate occasions on a Baumann lay-up and a pair of free throws from Xavier Burnette before the Jaguars pulled away for good over the final seven minutes.

 

IUPUI was a perfect 10-of-10 from the free throw line in the second half, finishing the game 14-of-15. The Jaguars also out-rebounded the Gents 25-19 while holding Centenary to just 18.2 percent (2-of-11) on three-pointers.

 

Cole totaled 23 points in the title-clinching win for IUPUI after shooting 8-of-11 from the field and 5-of-7 from long range. George Hill added 15 points to go with a game-high eight rebounds.

 

Starr was the only Centenary player to reach double figures as he tallied 14 points in addition to six assists. Baumann contributed nine points in the loss for the Gents.

 

Centenary will next host Oakland in the Gold Dome at 7 p.m. on Saturday. The Gents beat the Golden Grizzlies in the teams’ previous meeting this year in Rochester, Mich., 75-66.