Gents Fall to ORU 79-59 in Mid-Con Tourney
Saturday, March 3, 2007


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CC-ORU Box Score 3-3-07


Alexander Starr

Tyrone Hamilton

Chase Adams

TULSA, Okla.—The Centenary Gents gave the Mid-Continent Conference regular season champion Oral Roberts Golden Eagles a scare in the John Q. Hammons Arena at the UMAC Saturday night. In the end though, the top-seeded Golden Eagles defeated the eighth-seeded Gents 79-59 to end the Centenary season.

 

Centenary (10-21) caught a near capacity Oral Roberts crowd off guard in the opening minutes of the first quarterfinal game in the Mid-Con Tournament as the Gents jumped out to an 8-2 lead behind four straight buckets from first team All-Mid-Con selection Alexander Starr. The senior kept his hot shooting going, scoring Centenary’s first 11 points of the game and 16 points in all in the first half.

 

Three-time Mid-Con Player of the Year Caleb Green began to lead Oral Roberts back as he scored seven consecutive points. The Golden Eagles continued to take hold of the first half play at the free throw line. By far the team that has attempted the most free throws in the Mid-Con, ORU was in the one and one just 7:16 into the contest while being whistled for only one foul themselves.

 

The rest of the half the game would remain close. Oral Roberts biggest lead before the end of the half was six points at 25-19. Starr continued to pace the Gents, scoring 16 points in the opening period. The Golden Eagles took a 35-29 advantage into the break on the strength of 14 free throw attempts compared to just two for the Gents.

 

Oral Roberts (21-10) began the second half on a 7-0 run, which also included a technical foul called by official Bo Boroski on Centenary head coach Rob Flaska, his first of the season.

 

The run by ORU made the score 42-29 and the 13-point differential would remain for most of the entire second half. The Golden Eagles pushed the deficit to 20 with under a minute left as the intensity wound down.

 

Starr was contained in the final half, scoring just four points and finishing his final game for the Gents with 20 points all total. It was the sixth straight game that the senior scored 20 points or more. Tyrone Hamilton finished with 17 points and Chase Adams added eight points.

 

For the game, Centenary shot 33.9 percent from the field while Oral Roberts shot 56.5 percent, including 65.2 percent in the second half. The Golden Eagles also out-rebounded the Gents 36-27 and attempted 29 free throws to 17 for Centenary.

 

Green led all scorers with 25 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the floor and 11-of-14 from the free throw line. Ken Tutt pumped in an additional 17 points for ORU while Shawn King and Moses Ehambe scored 13 and 11 points respectively.

 

When asked to critique his team’s play in their first trip to the Mid-Con Tournament under his direction, Flaska answered, "We played with good effort early. Oral Roberts showed why they're the best team in the conference. They came up with some big plays

and Caleb Green showed why he was Player of the Year."

 

Flaska also gave praise to his team saying, "I saw all our guys step up today, especially our younger guys. In the end, we just didn't have enough firepower and couldn't stop ORU inside."