Gents Make Easy Work of Wiley, 82-52
Saturday, November 25, 2006

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CC-Wiley Box Score 11-25-06

Alexander Starr

Jerrald Bonham

Larry Logan

Tyrone Hamilton

SHREVEPORT—The Centenary men’s basketball team easily discarded Wiley College Saturday in the Gold Dome 82-52 in exhibition action. Alexander Starr led the way with 24 points while Jerrald Bonham collected a double double in the win for the Gents.


Wiley College never led on the day as the Gents scored the first two points of the game on a layup from Larry Logan and quickly ran out to a 15-3 advantage. The Wildcats went almost five full minutes into the contest before connecting on their first made field goal, a three-pointer by Hector Garza at the 15:07 mark.


Centenary forced Wiley into committing 11 turnovers in the first half. The Gents solid defense kept the visitors from setting up their offense and caused the Wildcats to take low percentage shots. As a result, Wiley shot just 30 percent (9-of-30) from the field in the opening period while the Maroon and White made good on 51.7 percent (15-of-29) of its attempts.


The Gents pushed their lead to 20 points on the last of four first-half three-pointers from Tyrone Hamilton with one minute remaining. Alonzo Butler then sank both of his free throws just ahead of the intermission to make the deficit 18 points for Wiley at 47-29 at the break.


Centenary continued with its defensive intensity in the second half as four of the Gents six steals in the period directly led to four dunks by Starr.


The Maroon and White ran the court with ease over the final 20 minutes and led by as many as 31 points. Wiley never got closer than 21 points over the last 14 minutes of the game and ended with a meager 25.4 shooting percentage (18-of-71).


Starr went 9-of-12 from the floor for his 24 points and added five rebounds in the game. Bonham notched his double double of 10 points and 10 rebounds in only 22 minutes of work and also had three blocked shots. Logan and Hamilton scored 15 points apiece for the Gents, but Logan also contributed seven boards to the winning cause and Hamilton dished out seven assists.


Garza was the only Wildcat to reach double figures, scoring 10 points after going 4-of-12 from the field.


Centenary has a busy week coming up as the Gents travel to Natchitoches for the 150th meeting with Northwestern State on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. The series between the Gents and Demons has been alive since 1921. Centenary will then host Arkansas-Little Rock on Thursday in the Gold Dome at 7 p.m. before welcoming Nicholls State to Shreveport on Saturday at 2 p.m.