TCU Hangs on to Down Gents 72-66
Sunday, November 12, 2006


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CC-TCU Box Score 11-11-06


Alexander Starr

Tyrone Hamilton

Larry Logan

FORT WORTH, Texas—The Centenary men’s basketball team nearly walked into Daniel Meyer Coliseum on the campus of TCU and pulled off a season opening upset on Saturday night. Despite leading several times and trailing only by one point with 3:20 to play, the Gents were unable to pull off the feat as the Horned Frogs squeaked out the 72-66 victory.

 

Centenary (0-1) led by six in the early minutes of the game at 10-4 when senior Larry Logan (Kalamazoo, Mich./Owens CC) made one of two free throws and then followed with a dunk after a TCU missed shot. The Horned Frogs did not take their first lead until only 7:29 remained in the first half at 21-20 on a layup by Neiman Owens.

 

The game seesawed over the final seven minutes and TCU held a slight advantage at 32-31 going into the break. The Gents shot only 37.9 percent in the half compared to 47.8 for the Horned Frogs, but Centenary stayed close in large part to nine offensive rebounds while out-rebounding the home team 24-17 in the first 20 minutes.

 

TCU (1-0) found itself down 35-32 to start the second half on buckets by Logan and sophomore Nick Stallings (New Orleans, La./SW Mississippi JC), but responded with an 8-0 run to go on top at 40-35. The deficit would only get as high as seven points at any one time for Centenary. However, the Maroon and White would not be able to break through the rest of the way.

 

The Gents made a final run on a steal and layup by senior Alexander Starr (Dallas, Texas/Paris JC) and two free throws by the forward that brought the score to 63-62 with just under three and a half minutes in the contest. TCU’s Brent Hackett made good on a jumper and two free throws from Blake Adams after a Centenary missed field goal attempt sealed the deal for the Horned Frogs.

 

For the game, the Gents shot 37.3 percent while TCU converted 46 percent of its shots. Centenary out-rebounded the home team 46-37, but committed more turnovers 22-19. Both teams struggled from the free throw line as the Gents missed 14 tries (18-of-32) and TCU clanked 16 attempts (21-of-37).

 

Starr paced the Gents, turning in another all-around solid performance with 13 points, 10 rebounds, four steals, and three assists. Sophomore Tyrone Hamilton (Shreveport, La./Washington) tossed in 11 points and dished out four assists and Logan finished with nine points and six boards.

 

Five TCU players reached double figures in the win led by Kevin Langford’s 16 points and seven rebounds. Alvardo Parker came off the bench to contribute 12 points and seven carems to the winning cause.

 

Centenary will welcome Texas State to the Gold Dome on Tuesday at 7 p.m. for the Gents home opener. The game can be heard locally in the Shreveport area on KSCL 91.3 FM and over the internet at SportsJuice.com.