Gents Take Rivalry Tilt Over Louisiana Tech 82-73
Thursday, December 21, 2006

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CC-LaTech Box Score 12-21-06

Tyrone Hamilton

Bryan Baumann

Alexander Starr

BOSSIER CITY, La.—The Centenary men’s basketball team took care of the ball on offense and committed a season-low 10 turnovers to offset a 37-23 rebounding disadvantage in winning the 124th meeting between the Gents and Louisiana Tech Bulldogs 82-73 on Thursday evening at the CenturyTel Center. The victory gives Centenary a two-game winning streak over its I-20 rivals and snaps a three-game slide on the season.


Centenary (5-7) won its first game in the CenturyTel Center after dropping its first two tries to LSU in 2004 and Georgia Tech in 2006. Louisiana Tech fell to 2-8 on the year with the loss.


The Gents and Bulldogs are located relatively close to each other in Northern Louisiana, as the campuses are just an hour apart from each other. That closeness was translated to the basketball court Thursday as neither team held a lead larger than 10 points on the entire night.


Centenary, the designated home team for the neutral site game, raced out to a 9-2 lead in the first two minutes of the contest. Sophomore Bryan Baumann drilled a three-pointer to start the game and fellow sophomore Tyrone Hamilton hit back-to-back jumpers to make the score 7-2. Senior Alexander Starr then made good on a pair of free throw attempts to steak the Gents to the early seven-point advantage.


Louisiana Tech held close over the following minutes and Centenary could not break away although holding at least a five-point lead until a layup by Chad Mckenzie broke that barrier at 22-18 with 8:45 to play in the first half. Tech then tied the game for the first time at 22 apiece on two free throws from Kyle Gibson. That would be the only tie of the game as the Gents always seemed to come up with the big shot as the Bulldogs drew near.


A steal and a thunderous dunk by sophomore Nick Stallings brought the opening half to a close with Centenary on top at 36-30. The Gents continued to control the action to open the second period until a three-pointer from the corner by Louisiana Tech’s Trey McDowell lifted the Bulldogs to their first lead of the night at 54-52 with 11:22 remaining. The lead would only last 3:31 when Hamilton sank a long trey to put the Gents back on top for good at 61-60.


Centenary effectively sealed the game with a 10-0 run from 8:55 to 5:57 fueled by five points each from Hamilton and Starr. Louisiana Tech did score on another Mckenzie drive, but the Gents pushed the overall run to 19-5 over almost eight minutes to earn the victory.


Baumann was the story of the first half for Centenary as the sharp-shooter knocked down four trifectas and entered the intermission with 12 points. He was slowed in the second half, but still finished with a career-high 18 points.


Hamilton took over where Baumann left off in the second half, netting 18 points over the final 20 minutes, nine from the free throw line. Starr also picked up the pace, scoring 12 down the stretch.


Overall, Hamilton led all scorers with 27 points, going 6-of-12 from the field and 14-of-18 from the charity stripe to compliment his game-high six assists. Starr finished the game with 14 points.


Mckenzie and McDowell each totaled 19 points for Louisiana Tech and Jerome Richardson and Harry Disy each pulled down eight rebounds in the loss.


Centenary will receive a week off from the schedule to enjoy the holidays, but will return to the court with a tough game at the University of Texas next Thursday at 7 p.m.