Gents Never Trail in 91-85 Win Over Texas State
Tuesday, November 14, 2006

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Larry Logan

Alexander Starr

SHREVEPORT, La. -- Led by five players scoring in double figures, the Centenary men’s basketball team (1-1) captured its first win of the 2006-07 season, defeating Texas State University (1-1), 91-85, Tuesday at the Gold Dome.

Playing in its home-opener, Centenary never trailed throughout the entire 40-minute contest, extending to a 21-point lead midway through the first half.

Relentless defense in the paint and missed shots by the Bobcats paved the way for the large lead for Centenary, going on a 11-0 run early in the first half to build a 15-2 lead on Texas State.

Although Centenary held a double-digit advantage throughout the majority the first half, successive baskets by the Bobcats just before intermission cut into the Gents' lead, foreshadowing a close second half, according to Centenary head coach Rob Flaska.

"They’re (Texas State) a team that’s not going to quit. I knew that the outcome could be like that because I could see that our effort wasn’t there at the end of the first half like at the beginning of the game," Flaska said.

Minutes into the second half, Gents senior forward Larry Logan (Kalamazoo, Mich./Owens CC) got Centenary off to an empathic start with a dunk off a lob by sophomore Tyrone Hamilton (Shreveport/Booker T. Washington). Logan led the Gents with 20 points, getting the majority of his points in the paint, going 7-for-8 from the floor.

The two teams traded baskets through the first seven minutes of the second half, with Texas State unable to come within 12 points of the Gents.

After two missed free throws by Centenary forward Jerrald Bonham (Plano, Texas/Plano West), Texas State junior Brent Holder spotted up from the three-point line, drilling the shot to cut the deficit to less than 10 points for the first time since the 15:09 mark of the first half.

Holder followed his three-pointer with a layup off a turnover by Alexander Starr (Dallas,Texas/Paris), making the score 60-53 in favor of the Gents with 12:55 remaining in the second half.

Consecutive baskets by Logan and Starr helped Centenary rebuild the lead to double digits, never allowing the Bobcats to come within five points until the final whistle.

Despite a shaky second half, Flaska says his team should take the positives away from the game: leading throughout the contest and shooting 72.2 percent from the free-throw line, an improvement from the 56.3 percent shot in the season-opening loss to TCU Saturday.

Asked what his team must improve upon, Flaska pointed to a full, 40-minute team effort and an improvement on the defensive side of the ball.

"This team has a real problem with stopping people. I thought it would be one of our strengths, but defensively we really have problem guarding," Flaska said.

Joining Logan with double-digit points, Starr chipped in with 17 on 7-of-10 shooting, cutting through the lane throughout the contest and getting to the hoop on a regular basis. The senior forward led the Gents with seven boards and two blocks.

Sophomore Nick Stallings (New Orleans/SW Mississippi JC) had 16 points, while Lance Hill (Houston/Jacksonville College) and Hamilton had 13 and 12 points, respectively.

From the floor, Centenary shot 60 percent, going 3-for-7 (.429) from the three-point line.

The Gents next travel to the BP Top of the World Classic in Fairbanks, Alaska, playing in the eight-team tournament Friday through Sunday. Centenary opens the tournament against Utah State Friday at 6 p.m.