Gents Hang Tough with Texas in 76-66 Loss
Thursday, December 28, 2006

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CC-Texas Box Score 12-28-06

Tyrone Hamilton

Chase Adams

Larry Logan

AUSTIN, TEXAS—The Centenary men’s basketball team opened some eyes on Thursday night in Austin as they battled the Texas Longhorns of the Big 12 conference to a 10-point game in losing 76-66. The Gents forced the defending Big 12 Champions into committing 16 turnovers and turned those miscues into 20 points.


Centenary (5-8) surprised the Longhorns on their home court when the visitors from Shreveport held a 13-12 advantage almost halfway through the opening period after a layup from Jerrald Bonham.


Texas (9-3) responded with a 6-0 run to reclaim the lead for good, but was unable to put away the hard-fighting Gents. Centenary climbed back within two points at 20-18 on a pair of free throws by Lance Hill with 7:35 to go until the Longhorns used three three-pointers to push their lead to 42-29 at the half.


A 9-3 run over the first four minutes of the second half resulted in the largest lead of the night for Texas at 21 points. Centenary, refusing to go away, whittled the deficit down to just 10 points at 61-51 with nine minutes left on a three-pointer from Tyrone Hamilton and free throws by Chase Adams.


The Gents would not manage to gain any more ground on Texas, but did win the second half 37-34.


The Longhorns used their size advantage to out-rebound Centenary 45-30, which included 20 offensive boards. That total translated into 12 more shot attempts for Texas, who shot just 37.7% from the field on the night.


Centenary outshot Texas from the field at a 42.9% clip and also faired better from the free throw line at 75% (18-of-24) to 67.7% (21-of-31). The Gents 6-of-21 (28.6%) effort from long distance was a problem area as Hamilton (4-of-12) and Bryan Baumann (1-of-7) accounted for 14 of Centenary’s 15 misses from downtown.


“I thought we put up a good effort tonight,” said Centenary head coach Rob Flaska. “We knew that Texas was very talented and we were worried about their size. I feel like size was the difference in the game tonight, with Texas out-rebounding us. Getting out-rebounded has been a problem for us all year, but I think our effort tonight was tremendous. Fortunately we were able to keep the margin respectable and keep Texas on their heels a little bit.”


Three time Big 12 Freshman of the Week Kevin Durant had another monster game for Texas, finishing with 21 points and 17 rebounds. A.J. Abrams struggled a bit with his shooting connecting on only 3-of-10 three-point tries, but still accounted for 13 points. D.J. Augustin and Justin Mason added 12 points and 11 points in the victory, which was head coach Rick Barnes’ 200th win as coach of the Longhorns.


Hamilton tallied his second consecutive 20-point game and his fourth on the season as the sophomore turned in a game-high 22 points. Chase Adams scored 14 points to go with four assists and three steals in 30 minutes of action and Larry Logan had 11 points and nine rebounds. Baumann also scored in double figures with 10 points for the Gents.


Centenary will continue its three-game road trip with a quick turnaround as the Gents face Texas State on Saturday at 4 p.m. in San Marcos, Texas. The Maroon and White defeated the Bobcats once already this season 91-85 in the Gold Dome. Centenary concludes its road trek on January 2nd at Baylor before opening Mid-Continent Conference play at home on January 4th against Valparaiso.