Centenary and Louisiana Tech Square Off at CenturyTel Center
Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Head Coach Rob Flaska

SHREVEPORT—The Centenary Gents and Louisiana Tech Bulldogs will meet for the 124th time on Thursday at the CenturyTel Center in Bossier City, La., at 7 p.m. The two rivals are less than an hour’s drive apart, yet this will be the first time the schools have met on a basketball court in four years. The Gents lead the all-time series 67-56. Tickets ranging in price from $8 to $15 will be available for purchase at the gates.


Centenary (4-7) has faced a tough schedule of late and has lost its last three games as a result. Over the past two weeks, the Gents have fallen to Texas Tech, SMU, and Georgia Tech. The Maroon and White look to get back on track against Louisiana Tech before traveling to face the University of Texas, Texas State, and Baylor over the holiday break.


The Gents’ highest offensive production over the three losses has been a 64-point effort at Texas Tech. Centenary was averaging 79 ppg going into the three-game span to lead the Mid-Continent Conference.


Tyrone Hamilton continues to lead the team with a scoring average of 14 ppg while Alexander Starr (12.3 ppg) and Larry Logan (11.3) are also scoring in double figures for the Gents. Starr, Centenary’s versatile utility player, also paces the Gents in rebounds (5.1 rpg), shooting percentage (.615), offensive rebounds (22), steals (22), and is second in assists (37).


Louisiana Tech (2-7) is led by Chad Mckensie’s 11.1 points per game and 7.2 rebounds per game averages. Marcus Elliott is also posting 11 ppg for a Bulldog offense that is scoring 58.6 ppg. Tech’s pair of wins have come against in-state foes McNeese State and Southern while its most recent contest was a 62-47 loss at the hands of the same Southern team it defeated earlier in the season.


Centenary won the last meeting between the two teams back in 2002 by the score of 84-71. In the last four meetings, each team has won easily on their respective home courts, however, there will be no home court advantage on Thursday with the CenturyTel Center serving as a neutral site venue. The Gents are 0-2 all-time in the CenturyTel Center having lost to LSU and Georgia Tech in the arena.


The rivalry between the Gents and Bulldogs has an added level of intrigue this season as former Centenary head coach Kevin Johnson is now an assistant on the Louisiana Tech staff. Johnson earned an all-time record of 65-100 while at the helm of the Gents in six seasons from 1999 to 2005.


The game can be heard locally on the radio on KSCL 91.3 FM or over the internet at www.SportsJuice.com.