Gents Finish Sixth in Alaska with 92-82 Loss to Rhode Island
Sunday, November 19, 2006

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CC-Rhode Island Box Score 11-19-06

Iman Shokouhizadeh

Lance Hill

Alexander Starr

FAIRBANKS, Ak.—The Centenary men’s basketball team earned a lot of respect from the teams and coaches involved in the BP Top of the World Classic this weekend despite falling to Rhode Island 92-82 to finish in sixth place. The Gents narrowly lost to 2006 NCAA Tournament participant Utah State 77-71, dominated Southeast Missouri State 83-51, and hung with Rhode Island from the Atlantic-10 Conference until the very end on Sunday.


Centenary (2-3) fell behind early as Rhode Island drained its first three three-point attempts to claim a 13-5 lead. Less than a minute later Kahiem Seawright netted a jumper and shortly after that Jimmy Baron sank another trifecta to stake the Rams to an 18-5 advantage.


The Gents slowly began to work their way back into the contest on a pair of three-pointers by Iman Shokouhizadeh and pulled within four at 26-22 on a free throw by Lance Hill with 7:45 remaining in the first half. The Maroon and White then embarked on an 8-1 run which culminated with Centenary taking the lead for the first time at 30-28 on a long-distance three from Bryan Baumann.


A three-pointer from Chase Adams put the Gents on top 37-33, but Rhode Island answered with a trey at the end of the half to go into the lockerroom down by just one at the break.


Rhode Island (3-2) seemed confused on defense in the opening minutes of the second half as Jerrald Bonham scored five rather easy points to extend the Centenary lead to six at 44-38. The Rams finally responded with four consecutive free throws and a three-point play to move back on top at 47-46 at the 15:47 mark. Although the Gents would stay close and pull within one point several times, they would never regain the lead the rest of the way. Rhode Island controlled the final three minutes of play and only then pushed Centenary’s deficit to 10 points.


The BP Top of the World Classic allows two local Division II referees to call loser’s bracket games with one Division I official. The overall inexperience of the crew began to show in the second half as both teams began to question a number of calls. Rhode Island seemed to benefit the most from the situation as the Rams were sent to the free throw line 44 times in the game compared to just 21 attempts for the Gents. The second half, where Rhode Island pulled away, revealed an even bigger discrepancy from the charity stripe to the tune of a 28-6 advantage for the Rams.


Shokouhizadeh led Centenary with 19 points off the bench on 7-of-14 shooting, including 5-of-10 from behind the three-point line. Hill added 15 points and six rebounds off the bench while Alexander Starr contributed 12 points in the loss.


Baron caught the hot hand for Rhode Island and pumped in 25 points for the Rams. Joe Mbang scored 21 points and Seawright finished with 13 while Will Daniels and John Lucky added 12 points and 10 points respectively.


The Gents will return to Shreveport and tackle Wiley College in an exhibition matchup on Saturday, November 25th at 2 p.m. in the Gold Dome.