Gents Struggle in Loss to Southern Utah
Sunday, January 14, 2007

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Larry Logan finished with 12 points
in the loss to Southern Utah

CEDAR CITY, Utah -- Nurudeen Adepoju and Justin Allen led Southern Utah University (11-7, 1-2) to a 78-57 victory over the Centenary men’s basketball team (7-12, 1-3) Saturday at Centrum Arena, on the campus of Southern Utah. Adepoju and Allen combined to score 49 of the Thunderbirds’ 78 points Saturday.

The story of the night was Adepoju. Averaging 9.2 ppg. heading into Saturday’s contest, the 6-foot-5 junior forward notched 24 points in single-handily extending a nine-point Thunderbird lead at the intermission into a 17-point Gents’ deficit with his deft shooting from the outside.

After hitting a three-pointer from the corner less than two minutes into the second half, making it a 14-point Southern Utah lead, Adepoju would follow that with two more three’s and a running jumper to give the Thunderbirds almost a 20-point lead.

Adepoju scored 19 of his 24 points in the second half, hitting 5-of-6 three-pointers and 8-of-12 shots from the floor.

The junior forward’s shooting in the second half is just a general illustration of the marksmanship of the Thunderbirds early.

Southern Utah was perfect from the floor for the first eight minutes of the second half, taking a 56-40 lead after a jumper by senior guard Steve Barnes.

In the second half, the Thunderbirds shot an amazing 70 percent from the floor, hitting 71.4 percent of its three-point shots.

When not going with the outside shot of Adepoju, the Thunderbirds went with the drive of Allen. Leading all players with 25 points on 9-of-11 shooting, Allen found success releasing on Centenary turnovers, finishing the game with numerous fastbreak conversion dunks.

To their credit, the Gents turned what could have been an early blowout into a one-point lead midway through the first half.

Down 17-5 and struggling on the offensive end in the first 10 minutes of the game, Centenary went on a 13-0 run to take its first lead of the game at 18-17, capped off by a jumper by sophomore Tyrone Hamilton (Shreveport, La./Booker T. Washington).

The Gents would close the first half strong, finishing with a last-second three by Hamilton with time expiring on the game clock.

Hamilton led the Gents with 24 points in 38 minutes of play.

For the game, Centenary shot 38.9 percent from the floor, with Southern Utah hitting 61.4 percent of their shots.

Centenary looks to regroup following consecutive losses in conference play when it returns to the Gold Dome to host Oral Roberts Saturday at 7 p.m.