Oral Roberts Powers Past Gents 89-66
Saturday, January 20, 2007

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CC-ORU Box Score 1-20-07

Larry Logan

Tyrone Hamilton

Chase Adams

Lance Hill

SHREVEPORT—The Centenary men’s basketball team received a test on Saturday against Oral Roberts, the preseason favorite to win the Mid-Continent Conference. The Gents earned a passing grade for more than three-quarters of the contest, always hanging within 10 points until the Golden Eagles ended the game on a 17-4 run over the final four minutes to provide the lopsided score of 89-66.


Centenary (7-13, 1-4 Mid-Con) also faced another preseason favorite on the court in the Gold Dome in ORU’s Caleb Green. Green is the reigning Mid-Con Player of the Year and was chosen as the frontrunner to capture the accolade again this season. The senior forward finished the game with lofty numbers of 22 points, 14 rebounds, and seven assists. Although he only shot 3-of-7 from the floor, he was awarded 17 trips to the free throw line, sinking 16 of those.


Free throws played a big part in the game as Oral Roberts made good on 32-of-37 attempts while the Gents struggled mightily, making only 12-of-24 for a sub par 50 percent.


Oral Roberts (13-7, 5-0 Mid-Con) began the game trailing for the first nine minutes as Centenary still held a 13-12 lead at the 11:12 mark after a layup by Chase Adams. The Golden Eagles countered with an 8-0 run to jump on top at 20-13 behind two three-pointers from Moses Ehambe, but the Gents would only trail by an average of six points the rest of the half until entering the intermission down 39-31.


The Gents continued to hang within striking distance in the second half but could not make the big shot or timely free throw when needed to sustain a rally against ORU. Centenary trimmed the deficit to six points at 47-41 with 14 minutes to play and pulled within seven points at 53-46 on a Tyrone Hamilton three-pointer with 11 minutes left.


A driving layup by Adams made the Oral Roberts lead 10 points with 4:15 remaining before the 17-4 Golden Eagle run finished out the game. Ten of those 17 points came at the charity stripe.


On the night, Oral Roberts outrebounded the Gents 40-25, shot 55.6 percent from the field, and made 86.5 percent of its free tosses. Centenary shot 41.7 percent from the floor.


In addition to Green’s numbers, four other Golden Eagles scored in double figures in the win. Ehambe drained four treys all total en route to 16 points off the bench while Ken Tutt added 15 points. Shawn King had 13 points, mostly off of put-backs inside as a result of his five offensive boards, and Kelvin Sango finished with 11 points.


Larry Logan shot 7-of-13 for 15 points before fouling out and Hamilton also scored 15 points for Centenary. Adams had 12 points to go with eight assists and also pulled down a team-high six rebounds. Lance Hill scored nine points off the bench.


The Gents will return to action on Thursday with the second game of the current three-game homestand. Centenary will welcome IUPUI to the Gold Dome with the tip time listed at 7 p.m.