Gents Pummel SEMO in Top of the World Classic 83-51
Saturday, November 18, 2006

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CC-SEMO Box Score 11-18-06

Larry Logan

Tyrone Hamilton

FAIRBANKS, Ak.—The Centenary Gents built upon the positives from their second half run against Utah State on Friday evening in the BP Top of the World Classic to easily run away with an 83-51 win over Southeast Missouri State in the tournament on Saturday. The Gents will face Rhode Island on Sunday in the fourth place/sixth place game at 10 a.m. (1 p.m. CST).


Centenary (2-2) enjoyed a fantastic game all the way around as the Gents won the rebounding war 41-31, committed less turnovers 17-19, made good on 86.7 percent of their free throws (13-of-15), shot 51.7 percent from the field (30-of-58), and held Southeast Missouri State to just 30.8 percent shooting from the floor (16-of-52). The 32-point victory is the largest margin of victory for Centenary since the 2003 season when the Maroon and White defeated Southern Utah by 42 points (86-44).


The game was close in the first half as the lead changed hands five times. Trailing 23-20 with a little more than nine minutes remaining in the half, Centenary’s Iman Shokouhizadeh drained a three-pointer from the left corner to tie the game for the seventh time. The Gents then went on a 7-0 run to move in front 32-25 and lengthened the lead to 43-32 by scoring the final nine points of the half. The period ended with a trifecta at the buzzer off the hand of Tyrone Hamilton to stake Centenary to the 11-point advantage.


The hot Gents continued to impress the hometown fans in the second half by scoring 12 of the first 13 points of the stanza, which amounted to a 21-1 run when combined with the final nine points of the first half. At that point the Maroon and White sat comfortably on a 55-33 lead and would never look back.


Southeast Missouri State (0-3) had only managed four points in the second half until the 8:38 mark when Dionte Perry made good on a shot from inside the paint. Altogether, the Redhawks scored only 19 points in the second half when the final buzzer sounded.


Centenary’s largest lead of the night was 36 points at 75-39 after a Chase Adams jumper.


Larry Logan led the Gents with 16 points and 12 rebounds for his first double double of the season. Hamilton added 15 points and Jerrald Bonham tossed in 10 points in the win. Adams scored in double figures in his second straight game with 10 points while adding five rebounds. Shokouhizadeh sank three long distance shots for nine points in his first extended playing time of the season.     


Brandon Foust led Southeast Missouri State with nine points and Roderick Pearson finished with eight for the Redhawks.