IUPUI Pulls Out Win Over Gents on Final Shot
Thursday, January 25, 2007


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CC-IUPUI Box Score 1-25-07


Alexander Starr

Tyrone Hamilton

Nick Stallings

Larry Logan

Chase Adams

SHREVEPORT—The Centenary men’s basketball team came roaring back from a 12-point deficit with just 3:09 to play to tie the game, but a last-second put-back by IUPUI lifted the Jaguars to the 70-68 win Thursday in the Gold Dome. The loss handed the Gents their fourth straight Mid-Continent Conference defeat while IUPUI climbed back into the race with a 3-3 league record.

 

Centenary (7-14, 1-5 Mid-Con) opened the game slowly and found themselves down by eight points at 12-4 just five minutes in. A three-pointer by 6’7” post player Lance Hill cut the IUPUI lead to five just ahead of a Jaguar push that staked the visitors to a 15-point advantage with 5:18 remaining in the half.

 

The Gents countered with a 10-1 run over the remainder of the period to go into the break trailing 29-23 and extended the rally to 17-1 over the first two minutes of the second half to take their first lead at 30-29.

 

From that point on the game remained close as IUPUI climbed back on top, but always still within striking distance by the Gents. Centenary struggled from the free throw line on the evening and it seemed every time the home team drew near of its opponent, a missed free throw, especially on the front end of a one and one, would end the momentum. The Gents were 15-of-24 from the charity stripe in the game for only 62.5 percent.

 

A jumper by Austin Montgomery put IUPUI up 66-54 with three minutes left on the clock. With a sense of desperation in the air for the Gents, Tyrone Hamilton drilled a three-pointer and Alexander Starr scored four consecutive points on a lay-up and a pair of free tosses. Down by five points with one minute to go, Nick Stallings stole a pass at half court and sailed in for the easy dunk as the Centenary crowd rose to their feet in excitement.

 

Gary Patterson drilled two pressure free throws for the Jaguars with 56 ticks left, but Hamilton sank another trifecta to bring the Gents within two at 68-66. After a timeout, Larry Logan collected a steal on the ensuing inbounds pass and found Hamilton cutting to the basket to tie the game with 34 seconds.

 

IUPUI (9-10, 3-3 Mid-Con) decided to hold the ball for the final shot, but Patterson missed a driving attempt in the lane. After the ball was tipped in the air by players on both teams, Montgomery corralled the loose ball and his bank shot from the left side of the key fell through the net with 1.1 seconds remaining. Centenary got the ball to Chase Adams, whose desperation shot from three-quarters court brought a scare to the IUPUI bench when it narrowly missed its mark by bouncing off the rim.

 

Montgomery led all scorers with 25 points to go with eight rebounds. Craig Swoope added 11 points and nine boards for IUPUI while Angelo Smith also finished with 11 points. The Jaguars won the battle on the boards 37 to 26 including 11 offensive rebounds.

 

Four Centenary players scored in double figures in the loss. Starr led the way with 17 points and eight rebounds and Hamilton’s three treys led to 15 points. Stallings scored 13 points for the Gents and Logan tossed in 12 points. Adams enjoyed a successful game running the Centenary break as he dished out eight assists for the second straight game.

 

The Gents will return to action on Saturday when they host Oakland in the Gold Dome at 4:30 p.m. The game will be Homecoming for the Centenary faithful.