Gents Send Seniors off in Style with 83-80 Win over CSU
Saturday, February 17, 2007

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CC-CSU Box Score 2-17-07

Nick Stallings

Alexander Starr

Tyrone Hamilton

Chase Adams

Bryan Baumann

—The Centenary men’s basketball team ended its home season with a thrilling 83-80 come-from-behind victory over Chicago State Saturday evening in the Gold Dome. Seniors Larry Logan and Alexander Starr were honored in a pre-game ceremony and then Starr finished the game with several big plays for a fitting send-off.


Centenary (10-18) started the game looking lethargic and quickly fell behind 14-6 just five minutes into the contest. Despite being out of rhythm and always being a step behind Chicago State’s smaller and quicker guards, the Gents managed to creep back slowly behind 17 first-half points by Nick Stallings. As a result, Centenary trailed by only four at 36-32 at the half.


Chicago State (9-20) led the entire game from the 17:38 mark of the first period and lengthened its lead out to as many as 13 points. Still down eight with 2:36 to play, freshman Jeff Montague dished the ball out from the middle of the lane to an open Tyrone Hamilton, who drained a three-pointer.


That shot breathed life into the previously deflated Gents squad and the rest of the game would be very exciting, especially down the stretch.


Hamilton made both free throw attempts after a Chicago State missed jumper and seconds later a steal by Chase Adams led to an Alexander Starr lay-up that brought the Centenary deficit to just one at 75-74 with 1:43 to go. CSU made only one of two free tosses after being fouled and Starr answered with a floater from the lane to knot the game at 76.


Kourtney Clavin sank a pair of free throws for CSU and no foul was whistled when Hamilton drove the lane on the other end for the Gents. Having to foul to regain possession, David Holston made two free throws for the Cougars to move back on top by four with 31 ticks left.


Hamilton then dribbled straight down court and pulled up from the top of the key to sink another trifecta to bring the Gents within one again. Centenary pressured Chicago State guard Royce Parran up the court and Starr deflected Parran’s pass out of a trap, resulting in a steal and fastbreak. The ball was thrown to a darting Bryan Baumann, who was playing in his first game back after missing 12 straight due to illness. He was fouled to prevent the easy lay-up and the sophomore, shooting 88.5 percent from the free throw line on the season, netted both free throws to give the Gents the lead 81-80 with 16 seconds remaining.


Chicago State gave the ball to the senior Parran, who drove the lane attempting to put his team back on top, but he lost control of the ball and it was recovered by Hamilton. Starr was then fouled and he made both free throws to put the Gents up by three with six seconds left. Parran pushed the ball upcourt quickly and got an open look at a three-pointer to tie the game as the buzzer sounded, but his shot missed to the left.


Stallings scored a career-high 22 points in the victory for Centenary and Starr notched a double double of 20 points and 10 rebounds in his final home game in a Gents uniform. Hamilton ended the night with 12 points despite having only two points at the half.


Two players who made significant contributions to the successful Centenary second-half run were Adams and Baumann. Adams scored eight points in the final 20 minutes behind two big three-pointers and Baumann, who did not check in until there was only 12 minutes left in the game, also drilled two key long balls in addition to hitting the pressure free throws.


Adams finished the evening with 11 points and four assists, while Baumann had eight points in his limited minutes.


John Cantrell led Chicago State with 24 points on 10-of-11 shooting from the field in their last game of the season. Calvin and Holston each tossed in 16 points for the Cougars and Parran ended his career with 10 points and eight assists.


The Gents will finish their regular season with a pair of road Mid-Continent Conference games next week. Centenary will look to better its seed in the Mid-Con tournament when it takes on Oakland on Thursday in Rochester, Mich., and IUPUI on Saturday in Indianapolis.