Slow Start Dooms Gents in Top of the World Classic
Saturday, November 18, 2006

Files associated with this release:
CC-Utah State Box Score 11-17-06
Centenary vs. SEMO Gamenotes 11-18-06

Chase Adams

Bryan Baumann

Larry Logan

FAIRBANKS, Ak.—The Centenary men’s basketball team got off to a sluggish start in the opening round game of the BP Top of the World Classic in Fairbanks, Alaska, on Friday evening. The Gents trailed by 20 points at the half, but won over many of the locals with a hard fought second half effort in falling 77-71 to Utah State.


Centenary (1-2) fell behind early as Durrall Peterson drained back-to-back three-pointers to open the contest for Utah State. The Gents got on the board 1:50 into the game when Tyrone Hamilton netted a trifecta of his own to make the score 7-3, but the Aggies defensive pressure caused problems for Centenary and the Maroon and White found themselves down 21-7 after only six minutes of play.


The Gents made a small run on two free throws from Alexander Starr and consecutive buckets in the paint from Larry Logan to bring the score within eight points at 23-15. However, 11 turnovers which led to 22 points, a rebounding disadvantage (17-8), and 17 first half points from the Aggies’ Jaycee Carroll allowed Utah State to acquire a commanding 46-26 lead the at the break.


A totally different team emerged from the lockerroom for Centenary in the second half as the intensity level picked up resulting in an entertaining game for the fans. The Gents went on a 9-1 run fueled by five points from freshman Jerrald Bonham and extended the streak to 16-4 after five points from Bryan Baumann to pull within eight at 50-42. Another Baumann jumper made the deficit just six points for the Gents and after a Utah State basket Centenary again brought the score within six at 52-46 on a layup by Logan.


Utah State (1-1) finally responded with some life with less than seven minutes remaining and pushed its lead back to 13 points on another basket by Carroll. Two long-distance three-pointers by Chase Adams and one more from Nick Stallings in the final minutes put the final margin of victory at six points.


Centenary shot 63 percent from the field in the second half and allowed just two points on turnovers, a drastic improvement from the opening period. Utah State did out-rebound the Gents 29-16 in the contest, but the Maroon and White outscored the Aggies 45-31 over the final 20 minutes, a moral victory over a team that has enjoyed seven consecutive 23-win seasons and participated in the NCAA Tournament last March.


Adams led the way offensively for Centenary with 17 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the field (including three trifectas) and 4-of-4 from the free throw line. Baumann and Logan each finished with 14 points and Starr added 13 points in the loss.


Carroll pumped in a game-high 27 points for Utah State while Peterson contributed 11 points in the victory. Mikel Watson pitched in with 10 points for the Aggies.


The Gents will take on the loser of the Drake/Southeast Missouri State contest in their second game of the BP Top of the World Classic on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. local time.