Gents Look to Start Win Streak at UMKC
Wednesday, January 10, 2007




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KANSAS CITY, Mo.—The Centenary men’s basketball team looks to start a Mid-Continent Conference win streak when it plays at UMKC on Thursday. The Gents rebounded from a close 66-62 loss to Valparaiso last Thursday with a 64-58 win over Western Illinois on Saturday. Centenary has not enjoyed consecutive wins over Mid-Con opponents since the end of the 2003-04 season against UMKC and Southern Utah, the same two teams the Gents will play on the current road trip.

 

Centenary (7-10, 1-1 Mid-Con) received a great effort in their win over Western Illinois from Alexander Starr. The senior guard/forward combo scored 18 points to go with six rebounds and six assists. He continues to rank in the top 10 of eight different categories within the league including field goal percentage, free throw percentage, assists, steals, offensive rebounding and minutes played.

 

Tyrone Hamilton is fourth in the Mid-Con with a scoring average of 15.5 ppg to lead a Centenary offense that ranks first. However, UMKC ranks second in scoring and has shown it can take care of the ball, averaging just 11.8 turnovers per contest.

 

UMKC (6-11, 1-0 Mid-Con) is coming off of a win over Southern Utah, who had 10 wins entering conference play last week. The Kangaroos are led by Quinton Day’s 18.6 ppg, which is second-best in the Mid-Con.

 

UMKC holds a 5-2 record over the Gents all-time, but each of the contests have been very competitive. Last season the Kangaroos swept Centenary by the scores of 69-63 and 70-67.

 

The game will be broadcast on the radio at KSCL 91.3 FM and over the internet at www.SportsJuice.com. Tip time is set for 7 p.m.