Gents Season Ends With 83-57 Loss to Oral Roberts
Thursday, February 23, 2006

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CC-Oral Roberts #2 Box Score

Ian Maxwell

Chris Watson

Xavier Burnette

SHREVEPORT—The Centenary men’s basketball team wrapped up its season on Thursday evening in the Gold Dome with an 83-57 loss to Oral Roberts. The win improved the Golden Eagles’ record to 12-3 in Mid-Con play and kept their chances alive for a share of the league title heading into the final weekend of action. For the Gents, the focus will immediately turn to next season as head coach Rob Flaska finished his debut season with a 4-23 overall mark, which included a 2-14 record within the conference.


The game was decided in the opening minutes as Oral Roberts (17-11, 12-3 Mid-Con) scored the first six points before Centenary’s Ian Maxwell drilled a three-pointer after being recognized before the game as the lone Senior Day honoree for the Gents. The Golden Eagles then rattled off the next 13 points backed by three trifectas from Chris Riouse to soar out to a 19-3 lead.


The Gents trailed by as much as 27 points with 7:53 remaining before they made one last push. An 11-2 run by the Maroon and White pulled the home team within 18 points, but that would be as close as Centenary would get as ORU closed out the game strong.


Oral Roberts dominated the boards as the Golden Eagles held a 42-28 advantage on the glass, including 14 offensive rebounds compared to only six for the Gents. Centenary shot 81.8 percent from the free throw line (18-of-22) but was not as fortunate in its efforts from the field, managing to hit on just 35.3 percent.


Caleb Green led the victors with 26 points, 10 from the charity stripe. Ken Tutt came off the bench for ORU to net 16 points while Larry Owens finished with 13 points and a game-high seven rebounds. Riouse made good on 4-of-10 long distance attempts to contribute 12 points in the win.


Chris Watson led Centenary with 16 points off the bench, including several strongly delivered dunks. Xavier Burnette added 11 points for the Gents, all in the first half