Gents Get 31 from Starr in 69-68 Win over UMKC
Saturday, February 10, 2007

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CC-UMKC Box Score 2-10-07

Alexander Starr

Nick Stallings

Lance Hill

Tyrone Hamilton

SHREVEPORT—The Centenary men’s basketball team won its second consecutive Mid-Continent Conference game for the first time since the Gents beat Southern Utah and UMKC in the Gold Dome at the end of the 2003-04 season. History has repeated itself this week as Centenary accomplished the feat again with victories over Southern Utah on Thursday and UMKC 69-68 on Saturday evening.


Centenary (9-17, 3-8 Mid-Con) owned the lead throughout the entire contest, by as much as 20 points at times, but narrowly escaped a 30-13 UMKC run over the final eight minutes.


The Gents sparkled in the early minutes as the Centenary fans went wild in response to four consecutive dunks, three by Alexander Starr, to start the game. The high-flying dunk show, which consisted of three alley-oops, spotted the home team a 10-0 advantage. A free throw by the Kangaroos’ Dee Ayuba finally got the visitors on the board at the 14:40 mark.


With the score 27-16 in favor of the Gents, Starr drilled his third three-pointer of the first half to begin a 9-0 Centenary run that ended with the Gents sitting on a 20-point cushion with 3:30 remaining in the half. At that point, eight of Centenary’s 15 made field goals were dunks and Starr already had 21 points.


UMKC (8-18, 3-7 Mid-Con) guard Quinton Day entered the game as the Mid-Con’s second highest scorer with an average of 18.4 ppg. The dynamic playmaker was held to only one point in the first half, which came on a free throw with 34.7 seconds until the break. He finally knocked down his first field goal almost five minutes into the second half and finished with only 12 points on the night. 


The Gents were up 36-24 at the intermission and tightened their hold on the game with an 18-point lead at 56-38 with 8:39 remaining after a jumper by Nick Stallings. However, the Kangaroos took control of the final eight minutes behind the unconscious shooting of reserve Dane Brumagin to make it a game again.


Brumagin was the only UMKC player that could find a rhythm offensively and the sophomore was on fire late. He scored 24 points in the second half alone, including 20 over the final eight minutes to place the Kangaroos in the striking distance.


With Centenary clinging to just a four-point lead at 67-63, UMKC’s Brian Gettinger missed the front end of a one and one free throw attempt. It looked as though the Gents would put the finishing touches on the game with Lance Hill shooting a pair of free throws for the Gents with 58 ticks left on the clock, but Hill missed both.


The momentum shifted dramatically on the next UMKC possession. Brumagin netted his fourth three-pointer and, on the shot, Centenary’s Tyrone Hamilton was called for a pushing foul away from the ball. The officials counted the basket and put Gettinger back on the line where he hit both free throws this time. The resulting five-point possession with 48 seconds to play gave UMKC its first lead of the night at 68-67 and fouled out Hamilton, the Gents leading scorer on the season.


Centenary coach Rob Flaska went back to Starr’s hot hand on the ensuing possession, but his open look from the lane was off target. Starr followed his shot and came up with the rebound and the Gents called a timeout to draw up a play now that the new shot clock would allow them to take the final shot.


With 16.8 seconds to go, the Gents again looked for Starr but were unable to find him with UMKC keying on the senior. Instead, Stallings drove the lane and found Hill open underneath. Hill’s right-handed jump hook was good with 2.2 seconds left and the Kangaroos missed a desperation heave at the buzzer.


Starr tallied a career-high 31 points in the victory for Centenary and completed the double double by hauling in 10 boards. Stallings had 15 points and Hill finished with 11. Hamilton scored only 10 points, six below his average, but contributed eight assists, and seven rebounds to the cause.


Brumagin also pumped in 31 points in the game for UMKC. He was 10-of-17 from the field, 4-of-6 from long distance, and 7-of-7 from the charity stripe.


Centenary shot 50 percent to UMKC’s 42.9 percent and the rebounds were even at 31 apiece. The Kangaroos committed two more turnovers than the Gents at 14-12 and were 19-of-24 from the free throw line compared to 7-of-10 for Centenary.


Oral Roberts will be next on the Gents schedule as the team looks to extend its current win streak to three games. Centenary tackles the Golden Eagles on Thursday in Tulsa at 7:05 p.m.