Gents Wrap-up Road Trip with 76-63 Loss at Baylor
Tuesday, January 2, 2007


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CC-Baylor Box Score 1-2-07


Tyrone Hamilton

Nick Stallings

Larry Logan

Alexander Starr

WACO, Texas—The Centenary men’s basketball team went up against a much bigger Baylor team from the Big 12 Conference Tuesday evening in Waco, Texas. The Bears used their size advantage to haul in 17 more rebounds than the Gents, which resulted in 11 more second chance points in defeating Centenary 76-63. The loss was the second against a Big 12 opponent in six days for the Gents, who lost to Texas by 10 points last Thursday.

 

Centenary (6-9) never trailed by more than 13 points in the contest and held the lead on several occasions. The first lead for the Gents came five minutes into the game when Nick Stallings’ jumper in the paint gave the Maroon and White an 8-6 advantage. Centenary held the lead for six minutes until Baylor’s Aaron Bruce netted a three-pointer to knot the game at 14-14 with 9:10 left in the half.

 

Baylor (10-3) used a 6-0 run to go on top by eight points at 28-20 but Centenary responded with a free throw by Jeff Montague, a jumper from Alexander Starr, and a steal and layup from Tyrone Hamilton to pull within three just before the half. The Bears benefited from a tip-in with one second left to go into the intermission ahead 30-25.

 

The second half opened with the game being tied twice before Centenary moved ahead on a jumper by Hamilton at the 15:22 mark. Again the Gents held the lead for several minutes and then stayed within two points until Baylor posted a 9-0 run capped by a three-pointer from Curtis Jerrells to turn a one-point lead at 46-45 into a 10-point margin at 55-45.

 

The Gents would cut the deficit to six points twice, the last time at 62-56 with 5:48 remaining after back-to-back three-pointers from Hamilton and Bryan Baumann. However, the Bears answered with a trifecta of their own by Patrick Fields and the game would be out of reach for Centenary over the final five minutes.

 

The Gents shot 47.1% compared to 41.4% for Baylor from the floor but the Bears’ 42-25 rebounding advantage proved insurmountable for the Maroon and White. Centenary forced Baylor into committing 20 turnovers, but the Gents shot just 23.1% from three-point range.

 

Hamilton led all scorers with 16 points on a 7-of-14 shooting effort. Stallings added 14 points in the loss for Centenary while Larry Logan tossed in 11 points. Starr finished with nine points to go with six rebounds and five assists, both team highs.

 

Jerrells and Tweety Carter each sank 14 points in the winning cause for Baylor. Fields contributed 10 points as well for the Bears.

 

The Gents return home to begin Mid-Continent Conference play when they host Valparaiso in the Gold Dome at 7 p.m. on Thursday. Centenary then concludes its current stretch in which it plays five games in 10 days with the final game of the run against league opponent Western Illinois on Saturday at 7 p.m. at home.