Gents Continue Strong Play Despite Loss to ORU
Thursday, February 15, 2007

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CC-ORU Box Score 2-15-07

Alexander Starr

Tyrone Hamilton

Lance Hill

Chase Adams

TULSA, Okla.—The Centenary men’s basketball team pushed the Mid-Continent Conference leading Oral Roberts Golden Eagles to the brink on Thursday evening, but came up on the short end of the 85-80 score. The Gents overcame a 15-point halftime deficit to take the lead, only to fall in the end.


Oral Roberts (19-8, 11-1 Mid-Con) led 48-33 at the half after shooting a sensational 70.4 percent from the field (19-of-27). However, the Gents responded with a 30-14 run over the first 10 minutes of the second half to grab its first lead at 63-62 with 9:28 to play.


Centenary (9-18, 3-9 Mid-Con), playing its third game without starting forward Larry Logan, took the lead on a three-pointer by freshman Chase Adams. The lead then changed hands several times over the final minutes and the game was still tied at 80 apiece with 48 seconds to play.


ORU’s Caleb Green was sent to the free throw line on a foul that was called before the ball was in-bounded after a stoppage of play. Green sank both free throws to put the Golden Eagles up by two. Centenary’s attempt to tie the game on a drive by Alexander Starr was no good when the senior’s shot was blocked and no foul was whistled despite contact. Ken Tutt corralled the loose ball and was fouled immediately.


Tutt made one of two free throws to give the Gents a chance to tie with a three-pointer, but sophomore Tyrone Hamilton lost control of the ball at mid-court and two more ORU free throws sealed the game.


On the night, Centenary shot 52.7 percent from the field, 53.8 percent from long distance and 75 percent from the charity stripe. Oral Roberts shot for very similar percentages of 56.5 percent from the floor, 50 percent from downtown, and 73.5 percent from the free throw line.


Both teams collected 27 rebounds in the game and Centenary committed one less turnover at 12 to 13.


The major difference came in the foul column where the Gents where called for 26 personal fouls compared to only 15 for the home Golden Eagles. The result was 20 free throw attempts for Centenary (15-of-20) and 34 for Oral Roberts (25-of-34).


Starr and Hamilton each finished with 20 points to lead Centenary. Sophomore Lance Hill contributed 17 points in the tough loss while Adams added 10 points for the Gents.


Tutt netted a game-high 25 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the floor and 10-of-12 from the free throw line. Green scored 20 points, but recorded only three rebounds on the night. Shawn King, Moses Ehambe, and Adam Liberty also reached double figures with 13, 12, and 11 points respectively.


Centenary returns home on Saturday for its final home game of the season. The Gents host former Mid-Con member Chicago State at 7 p.m. in the Gold Dome.