Gents and Demons Set to Meet for 150th Time
Monday, November 27, 2006

Larry Logan

Alexander Starr

NATCHITOCHES—The Centenary men’s basketball team will renew its long time rivalry with its 150th meeting against Northwestern State in a 7:45 p.m. contest on Tuesday at Prather Coliseum in Natchitoches, La. The series dates back to 1921 and has become a hard-fought yearly battle as of late with NSU taking the last two contests and the Gents winning the three prior games.


Centenary (2-3) comes off an easy 82-52 exhibition win over Wiley College on Saturday. The Gents last official game came at the BP Top of the World Classic in Fairbanks, Alaska. During the four-day event, the Maroon and White fell to the eventual tourney champion Utah State Aggies 77-71, defeated Southeast Missouri State 83-51, and lost to Rhode Island 92-82.


Senior Larry Logan was named to the All-Tournament Team after averaging 12 points and seven rebounds for the Gents. He currently leads the team with a 12.6 ppg. average to go along with 6.2 boards per contest. Senior Alexander Starr has also emerged as an offensive threat posting 12.2 ppg., which does not include a 24-point effort in the victory over Wiley.


Northwestern State (3-2) has put together back-to-back wins over Henderson State and New Orleans. The Demons dropped the Privateers 71-67 on the road on Saturday while being led by Kennan Jones’ 17 points off the bench. Colby Bargeman leads the scoring charge on the season for NSU at a 14.8 ppg. clip and Luke Rogers is tossing in 13.8 ppg.


Centenary holds the all-time series advantage at 82-67. Last year’s meeting featured a Northwestern State comeback in the final minutes to win 76-74. Chris Watson led all scorers for the Gents with a spectacular 32-point effort while Clifton Lee paced the Demons with 19 points. Centenary led by as much as 12 points in the game, but a three-pointer by Jermaine Wallace with 17 seconds remaining gave Northwestern State the victory.


The Demons went on to win the Southland Conference, finished with a 26-8 record, and won their first round game in the NCAA Tournament over Iowa.