Demons Pull Out Victory Over Gents 89-86
Tuesday, November 28, 2006

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CC-NSU Box Score 11-28-06

Tyrone Hamilton

Larry Logan

Bryan Baumann

Alexander Starr

Nick Stallings

NATCHITOCHES, La.—The 150th meeting between Centenary and Northwestern State lived up to its billing as the Gents and Demons battled to an exciting finish which saw NSU pull out the 89-86 victory on its home court Tuesday evening. A last second game-tying three-point attempt from Centenary sailed just long off the far part of the rim to end the drama as time expired.


Centenary (2-4) came from 11 points down with just under four minutes to play when Tyrone Hamilton posted six straight points on a three-point play the old fashioned way and a long distance three-point shot. After two Northwestern State free throws, Alexander Starr made good on a drive and the ensuing free throw and added a layup just seconds later to narrow the deficit to just two points at 83-81.


Three more Northwestern State (4-2) free tosses and a dunk by Starr made the game a three-point contest and Centenary missed an opportunity to tie on a Bryan Baumann missed trey with 15 seconds to play. The Gents were then forced to commit another foul and Trey Gilder made good on one of two free throws, but Hamilton responded with another three to make the game 87-86 with 5.2 seconds remaining. Another pair of free throws from Gilder put the NSU lead back at three and Hamilton’s falling out-of-bounds three-point heave bounced off the rim to the chagrin of 2,303 fans.


The Maroon and White held the lead for the last time at 63-62 with 8:30 to play after leading the majority of the first half. Down by one, a Demon player grabbed the rim while a shot from Centenary’s Larry Logan was still bouncing around on top. However, no call was made by the officiating crew and NSU responded with an 8-0 run to grab the advantage for good.  


The Gents came out of the gates with an intensity that caught Northwestern State off guard. A three-pointer from Hamilton gave Centenary an early 5-4 lead and the Maroon and White extended its advantage to 9-4 after a lay-up by Starr and a dunk by Logan.


The Demons answered the call and went on top 19-12 on back-to-back three-pointers by Eric Woods and Gilder. Centenary gradually pushed its way back into the contest and a thunderous dunk down the middle of the lane over the 6’6” Gerrell Thomas by 6’2” Nick Stallings gave the Gents the momentum for the rest of the half. Bryan Baumann hit two big trifectas and Logan powered his way to 14 first-half points with five rebounds to land Centenary ahead 42-38 at the break.


Logan and Hamilton led Centenary with 18 points apiece. Logan shot 7-of-12 from the field and 4-of-6 from the charity stripe while Hamilton went 6-of-15 from the floor and a perfect 3-of-3 from the free throw line. Starr and Baumann added 16 points each in the loss and Stallings contributed 11 points off the bench.


Gilder paced the Demons with 25 points, 10 from the free throw line, and Kennan Jones pitched in with 12 points. Keithan Hancock drained three big three-pointers off the bench for NSU and finished with 11 points.


The Gents will get right back to the court on Thursday when they host UALR in the Gold Dome at 7 p.m. before welcoming Nicholls State to Shreveport on Saturday at 2 p.m.