Oakland Outlasts Gents 70-63
Thursday, February 22, 2007

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Alexander Starr

ROCHESTER, Mich.—The Centenary Gents and Oakland Golden Grizzlies both struggled shooting the ball on Thursday evening in Rochester, Mich., but the home team won the rebounding war and held on down the stretch to take the game 70-63. Oakland out-rebounded the Gents 43-34, which included 20 offensive rebounds.


Centenary (10-19, 3-10 Mid-Con) shot only 36.4 percent from the field, including just 13.3 percent from the three-point line in the loss. Yet, the Gents still only trailed by four with 1:20 to play in the game thanks to an Oakland (16-13, 9-4 Mid-Con) shooting effort of 39 percent from the floor and 11.8 percent from long distance.


The contest featured seven ties and 11 lead changes as both teams continued to grind through their poor shooting. Tied at 29-29 at the break, the game remained close into the second half.


The Gents led most of the opening 10 minutes of the second half by a small margin and were still up three at 42-39 with 11:39 to go after a lay-up by Tyrone Hamilton. However, a turnover and four straight possessions without a score put Centenary behind Oakland by 10 after a 22-9 run.


Centenary answered with an 8-2 run behind six points from the hot hand of Alexander Starr to pull within four at 63-59 with just over a minute left, but Oakland answered back with four straight points to put the game away.


Starr notched his fourth consecutive game with 20 or more points as the senior finished with 29 on the night. He was 11-of-19 from the floor and 7-of-8 from the free throw line in addition to pulling down a team-high eight rebounds. Hamilton added 17 points for Centenary in the loss.  


Four players scored in double figures for Oakland paced by Shawn Hopes’ 19 points. Derick Nelson, Vova Severovas, and Jonathon Jones each added 12 points for the Golden Grizzlies.


Centenary will travel to Indianapolis to take on IUPUI in the last regular season game of the year on Saturday at 7 p.m.