Adams Lifts Gents to Overtime win at Texas State
Saturday, December 30, 2006

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CC-Texas State Box Score 12-30-06

Chase Adams

Larry Logan

SAN MARCOS, TEXAS—Centenary basketball player Chase Adams hit a shot in the waning seconds of overtime to push the Gents past Texas State 82-81 on Saturday in San Marcos, Texas. The Gents squandered a 10-point lead late in the contest before Adams drained the winning shot, providing the freshman with the perfect gift on his 18th birthday.


Centenary (6-8) controlled the contest throughout and took the lead in the early going after a 9-0 run that landed the Gents on top at 11-6. Alexander Starr started the spurt with a jumper. Tyrone Hamilton and Jerrald Bonham contributed baskets during the stretch and Larry Logan converted a three-point play on a drive and a free throw.


The Gents were never in jeopardy of losing their lead in the first half and owned as much as a 12-point advantage with 1:40 remaining. The Maroon and White took a 40-31 lead into the break, but Hamilton, Centenary’s leading scorer on the season, would be forced to sit out several minutes from the end of the first half as a result of foul trouble.


Texas State (5-8) would only get as close as six points in the final period and Centenary still held a 10-point lead at 75-65 with 1:14 remaining in the game. With Hamilton already fouled out of the game long ago, it looked as though the Gents would still pull off a somewhat easy victory. However, the Bobcats would capitalize on several Centenary mental mistakes to make a final surge.


The Texas State comeback began when the Gents failed to call a timeout to avoid a 10-second backcourt violation, which resulted in a turnover. Seconds later, Bryan Baumann was whistled for an intentional foul, giving the Bobcats a pair of free throws and possession of the ball as well as fouling out Baumann. Antwoine Blanchard made both free tosses and drained a three-pointer on the ensuing possession to immediately cut the deficit to five points.


Logan was fouled, but missed both attempts from the free throw line and Dylan Moseley sank another trifecta for the Bobcats and was fouled on the play to make the score 75-73. Moseley missed his free throw shot, but Centenary’s Nick Stallings missed a layup on the other end of the court and Texas State called its final timeout with 11 seconds remaining.


After the timeout, the Bobcats got the ball to Brandon Bush who drove down the lane with seconds ticking off the clock. Bush would be fouled by Bonham with two seconds left and hit both free throws to send the game into overtime.


In the extra session, Starr was whistled for three fouls in the first two and a half minutes to become the third Centenary starter to foul out. Texas State missed two of the six free throw attempts resulting from Starr’s fouls to keep the Gents close behind. Trailing by two with 2:03 to play, Logan atoned for his missed free throws at the end of regulation with a big three-pointer to move Centenary ahead at 80-79.


Neither team would be able to score over the next 1:15 but Texas State hauled in two consecutive offensive rebounds and finally converted on its third attempt with a put-back by Antwon Williams with 48 seconds to go to regain the lead 81-80.


With three of Centenary’s four top offensive options on the bench after fouling out, Adams took control and got his jumper in the paint to fall with 33 ticks on the clock to move the Gents on top 82-81. After a timeout by Texas State to set up the final possession of the game, a pass from Williams was batted away and Jeff Montague dove onto the ball for Centenary with .2 seconds remaining to seal the victory.


Logan led all scorers with 21 points off the bench. He also added six rebounds and five assists. Starr contributed 11 points, seven boards, and six assists for the Gents while Hamilton dropped in 14 points in only 24 minutes before picking up his fifth foul. Baumann also reached double figures before leaving the game with 13 points and Stallings had 10 points in the Centenary win.


Blanchard paced Texas State with 16 points and Williams added 12 points in the loss. Bush finished with 10 points, eight of those coming from the free throw line.


The rebounds were almost even at 40-39 in favor of Texas State while Centenary outshot the Bobcats 54.8% to 35.8% on the afternoon. The home team made up its difference at the free throw line where it was 21-of-33 compared to 8-of-12 for the Gents.


Centenary wraps up its three-game Texas road swing with a 7 p.m. date on Tuesday, January 2nd in Waco against Baylor University. The Bears are 9-3 on the season after a Saturday win over Delaware State at home.