Gents Look to Shoot Down Thunderbirds
Wednesday, February 7, 2007


SHREVEPORT—The high-flying Southern Utah Thunderbirds look to extend their current four-game win streak when they arrive at the Gold Dome on Thursday to take on the Centenary Gents. The Gents look to avenge an earlier loss in Cedar City, Utah, to the T-Birds while getting back on track after a disappointing road trip at Western Illinois and Valparaiso last week.


Centenary (7-17, 1-8 Mid-Con) struggled offensively in its two losses last week, posting 16-point efforts in back-to-back quarters of play. As a result, the Gents have fallen as the top scoring team in the Mid-Continent Conference to fourth in the rankings.


Sophomore Tyrone Hamilton continues to sit third in the Mid-Con in scoring at 16 ppg. Senior Alexander Starr rates in the top 10 in eight different categories including rebounding, assists, and steals, while freshman Chase Adams leads the conference in steals per game.


Southern Utah (15-8, 5-3 Mid-Con) held the league’s best non-conference record entering league play, but hit a bump in the road after getting off to a 1-3 start in the Mid-Con. However, the Thunderbirds have hit their stride again and have run off four consecutive wins over IUPUI, Western Illinois, Valparaiso, and UMKC.


Steve Barnes leads the SUU offensive attack at 13.5 ppg while Justin Allen and Nurudeen Adepoju are tossing in 11.3 and 10.3 ppg respectively. The Thunderbirds have proven to be one of the Mid-Con’s top shooting teams as they enter Thursday’s contest shooting 48.9 percent from the field and 40.8 percent from the three-point line.


Southern Utah leads the all-time series over the Gents 4-3.


The game will begin at 7 p.m. and can be heard on the radio in the Shreveport-Bossier area on KSCL 91.3 FM and over the internet at