Valpo Knocks Off Gents 68-50
Saturday, February 3, 2007

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CC-Valpo Box Score 2-3-07

Alexander Starr

Chase Adams

Tyrone Hamilton

VALPARAISO, Ind.—The Centenary men’s basketball team struggled to hit its shots on Saturday while Valparaiso couldn’t miss. The combination of the two led to a 68-50 win for Valparaiso while the Gents suffered their seventh consecutive loss. The Crusaders are playing well of late and sit at 6-3 in Mid-Continent Conference action after also defeating previously unbeaten Oral Roberts on Thursday.


Centenary (7-17, 1-8 Mid-Con) shot just 14.3 percent in the first half while making only three baskets over the entire opening 20 minutes. After Alexander Starr drained his second three-pointer of the game at the 11:08 mark, the Gents did not convert another shot attempt until 45 seconds into the second half.


Meanwhile, Valparaiso (12-11, 6-3 Mid-Con) shot over 50 percent in both halves and used three trifectas from Samuel Haanpaa in the first period to claim a 43-16 lead at the break.


The Gents did step up their game in the second half as they turned up the defensive pressure. Valpo had only one turnover in the first stanza, but Centenary steered the home team into committing 16 miscues in the second half. The extra possessions allowed the Gents to outscore the Crusaders 34-25 over the final 20 minutes.


No Centenary player reached double figures in scoring, but Starr contributed eight points and grabbed a game-high nine rebounds. Chase Adams and Tyrone Hamilton also had eight points while Adams tied his career-high with six rebounds.


Haanpaa led Valparaiso with 20 points while Urule Igbavboa added 15 in the win. Shawn Huff collected 11 points and eight boards and Jarryd Loyd netted 10 points and dished out five assists.


Centenary returns home for a pair of games next week in the Gold Dome. The Gents welcome Southern Utah (15-8, 5-3 Mid-Con) and UMKC (8-16, 3-5 Mid-Con) to Shreveport on Thursday and Saturday respectively.