Gents Return to Mid-Con Tournament Action
Friday, March 2, 2007


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Centenary-ORU Gamenotes


Head Coach Rob Flaska

TULSA, Okla.—The Centenary men’s basketball team will open the 2007 Mid-Continent Conference Basketball Championship in Tulsa on Saturday against Oral Roberts at 6 p.m. The eighth-seeded Gents will battle the top-seeded Golden Eagles at the John Q. Hammons Arena at the UMAC in the team’s first trip to the league’s postseason tournament since 2004.

 

Centenary (10-20, 3-11 Mid-Con) last visited the Mid-Con Tournament after finishing second in the 2003-04 regular season. After losing a tiebreaker, the Gents entered the event as the third seed and took on sixth-seeded Chicago State. However, Centenary struggled on the neutral court and fell to the Cougars 70-54.

 

Two seasons have passed since then and the 2006-07 Gents enter this year’s tournament as the eighth and final seed after finishing in a tie for seventh during the regular season and losing the tiebreaker. Centenary has lost three of its last four games overall, including an 85-80 loss to Oral Roberts in Tulsa just two weeks ago.

 

In that game, the Gents held the lead late in a back and forth contest and the game was still tied at 80 apiece with 48 seconds to play. The Golden Eagles made five of six free throws down the stretch to seal the victory despite the scare from Centenary.

 

The Gents are led by senior Alexander Starr and sophomore Tyrone Hamilton. The duo finished second and third in the Mid-Con in scoring at 17.1 ppg and 16.4 ppg respectively. Starr was recently named first team All-Mid-Con for his efforts on the court while Hamilton got the nod on the second team.

 

Oral Roberts (20-10, 12-2 Mid-Con), the Mid-Con regular season champ, will be playing in its home city of Tulsa for the third consecutive postseason. The Golden Eagles are paced by three-time Mid-Con Player of the Year Caleb Green and his sidekick Ken Tutt. Green leads the league in scoring at 20.2 ppg and rebounding at 9.5 rpg. Tutt was also named to the All-Mid-Con first team with his 14.9 ppg scoring average while teammate Marchello Vealy garnered Sixth Man of the Year accolades for the Golden Eagles.

 

ORU holds a 7-1 advantage over the Gents in the all-time series.

 

Fans in the Shreveport-Bossier area can follow all the action of the Gents in the Mid-Con Tournament on KSCL 91.3 FM while fans all over the world can tune in on the internet at www.SportsJuice.com.