Gents Finally Arrive in Alaska to face Utah State
Thursday, November 16, 2006




FAIRBANKS, Ak.—The Centenary men’s basketball team experienced travel issues on their day-long trek to Fairbanks, Alaska, for the BP Top of the World Classic on Wednesday. Delayed flights due to weather issues in Shreveport resulted in missed connections and ultimately led to a sleepless night in the Seattle airport. The Gents managed to finish the rest of their trip on Thursday and arrived to the host city in time for their scheduled practice session in order to prepare for their first opponent in 2006 NCAA Tournament participant Utah State.

 

Centenary (1-1) is coming off a fine home performance in which the Maroon and White easily defeated Texas State 91-85. The final score did not accurately reflect the flow of the game as the Gents led by as many as 21 points and held a double-digit advantage throughout most of the contest.  

 

The Gents shot a sizzling 60 percent from the field in the win over the Bobcats on Tuesday, going 33-of-55 from the floor. Despite being out-rebounded 42-27, Centenary used its defensive pressure to force 26 turnovers and converted the Texas State miscues into a plethora of easy layups and dunks.

 

Senior Larry Logan led the offensive surge for the Gents with 20 points on a 7-of-8 shooting effort from the field. Senior Alexander Starr added 17 points to go with a team-high seven rebounds and sophomore-transfer Nick Stallings tossed in 16 points. Also a sophomore-transfer, Lance Hill scored 13 points off the bench for Centenary while sophomore Tyrone Hamilton contributed 12 points and six assists in the victory.

 

Utah State (0-1) dropped its season-opener to Northwestern State in Natchitoches, La., on November 10th by the score of 88-71. The game was the guaranteed return game from when the two teams met last season as part of the ESPN BracketBuster series. NSU used a 36-28 rebounding advantage to sink eight more baskets than the Aggies on the contest in earning the win.

 

Jaycee Carroll pumped in 19 points in 28 minutes of action to pace Utah State while Nick Hammer added 12 points off the bench. Chris Session scored nine points and grabbed seven rebounds in the loss.

 

Centenary and Utah State have met three times in the history of the two programs with the Aggies holding a 2-1 series lead. The Aggies prevailed 74-59 in 2001, the last time the clubs squared off, as part of the Gossner Foods Classic tournament field.

 

Depending on the outcome of the Centenary/Utah State game, the Gents will play either the winner or loser of the Drake/Southeast Missouri State matchup on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. (loser’s bracket) or 8 p.m. (winner’s bracket). Times are local to Fairbanks.

 

All Centenary action from the BP Top of the World Classic can be followed in the Shreveport area on KSCL 91.3 FM or worldwide over the internet at www.SportsJuice.com. Additional information on the tournament such as internet viewing packages and prices can be found at the tournament homepage at www.TOWC.org.