Gents Open Mid-Con Play with Valparaiso
Wednesday, January 3, 2007

Alexander Starr ranks in the Mid-
Con top 10 in six categories.

SHREVEPORT—The Centenary men’s basketball team will open the 2007 Mid-Continent Conference schedule with a home contest on Thursday in the Gold Dome against Valparaiso at 7 p.m. It could be the final time the Crusaders travel to Shreveport as Valpo leaves the Mid-Con at the end of the season for a spot in the Horizon League.


Centenary (6-9) will be playing its first home game inside the Gold Dome in almost three weeks after four tough road games against Georgia Tech, Texas, Texas State, and Baylor and a neutral site game against Louisiana Tech. The Gents survived the road trek with a 2-3 record and showed well against both Texas and Baylor.


Sophomore Tyrone Hamilton leads Centenary’s top-ranked offense in the Mid-Con (72.1 ppg) with a scoring average of 15.5 ppg, which ranks fourth in the league individually. Seniors Larry Logan and Alexander Starr are also averaging in double figures at 11.5 ppg and 11.3 ppg respectively. Starr has proven to be an all-around threat and places in the top 10 in the Mid-Con in rebounds, shooting percentage, free throw percentage, assists, and steals and is 16th in scoring.


Valparaiso (5-8) lost eight straight games against a very hard schedule which featured Marquette, Butler, Ohio State, and Creighton before bouncing back to win their last two games over San Francisco and Chicago State. The Crusaders rank first in the Mid-Con in defensive field goal percentage and second in three-point shooting.


Brandon McPherson paces Valpo while scoring 12 ppg and Shawn Huff and Samuel Haanpaa are each contributing just over 10 ppg. Urule Igbavboa is pulling down 7.3 rpg, the second-best average in the conference.


Valparaiso is 6-4 all-time against the Gents and is 5-1 against Centenary since the Maroon and White joined the Mid-Con.


The game can be heard locally on the radio at KSCL 91.3 FM and on the internet at The pre-game show with Doug Greenwald will begin at 6:45 p.m.