Gents Look to Even Mid-Con Record Against WIU
Friday, January 5, 2007


SHREVEPORT—The Centenary men’s basketball team will look to even its Mid-Con record Saturday against Western Illinois after dropping a heartbreaker to Valparaiso 66-62 in the league opener. The Gents are 3-4 all-time against the Leathernecks, including a 1-2 mark inside the Gold Dome since joining the conference in the 2003-04 season.


Centenary (6-10, 0-1 Mid-Con) suffered a tough loss to Valpo on Thursday, a game the Gents had a chance to win despite missing starters Chase Adams and Bryan Baumann. The Gents clung within striking distance of the Crusaders and had a chance to tie the game with two seconds left, but a pair of missed free throws by Centenary sealed the game for Valparaiso.


Adams and Baumann will be gametime decisions for the contest with Western Illinois.


Tyrone Hamilton continues to lead the Gents on offense with a scoring average of 15.3 ppg (fourth in the Mid-Con). Larry Logan had an impressive Mid-Con start to his senior campaign by pumping in 16 points to go with 15 rebounds to raise his season average to 11.8 ppg and Alexander Starr is posting 11.5 ppg for Centenary.


The Gents are still leading the conference in scoring offense at 71.4 ppg and also rank at the top in steals and assists.


Western Illinois (4-10, 0-1 Mid-Con) arrives in Shreveport after a 65-46 loss at Oral Roberts on Thursday. The Leathernecks have lost four straight to Eastern Illinois, Brown, and Howard before falling to the Golden Eagles in their Mid-Con opener.


David Jackson leads a WIU offense that is averaging 65 ppg with 13.5 ppg and a team-high 33 assists. Sammy Hunter is the only other Leatherneck scoring in double figures at 12.9 ppg. Western Illinois is shooting just 29.5 percent from the three-point line and 65.1 percent from the free throw line, numbers that rank last in the Mid-Con. However, WIU is the top rebounding team in the conference.


The game can be heard over the radio in the Shreveport-Bossier area on KSCL 91.3 FM and on the internet at Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. following the Ladies game against WIU at 4:30 p.m.