Turnovers and Foul Trouble Lead to Gents Exhibition Loss
Wednesday, November 7, 2007

SHREVEPORT—The Centenary men’s basketball team fell to LSU-Shreveport 80-72 in exhibition action on Tuesday night in the Gold Dome. The Gents doubled the Pilots in the turnover category and had several key players on the bench with foul trouble for long stretches of play. Centenary has only two days to iron out the kinks before opening the regular season against Lipscomb University on Friday.


Centenary controlled the action in the first half after claiming an eight-point lead at the 12:20 mark at 20-12. With guards Tyrone Hamilton and Nick Stallings already on the bench in foul trouble, the Gents were forced to go with a very young lineup on the court.


The offensive production suffered the rest of the half, but Centenary maintained its lead due to sub par shooting from LSUS. Beginning at the 12:20 mark, only two field goals, one by each team, would be made over the next nine minutes of play. The shooting drought finally ended when LSUS’ Josh Porter drained a jumper with 3:30 left in the half to make the score 27-25 with Centenary on top.


The Gents answered with a pair of driving buckets by Chase Adams and jumpers from Tim Price and Lance Hill to take a 35-29 lead into halftime.


The second half is where the game started to slip away for Centenary. The Gents struggled to take care of the ball and recorded 26 turnovers in the game. The Maroon and White committed 13 turnovers compared to just three for the Pilots in the final 20 minutes. In addition, LSUS’ aggressiveness on offense was rewarded with trips to the free throw line while Centenary settled for three-point attempts (11-of-28). By the end of the night, the visiting Pilots had attempted 36 free throws to the Gents’ 10.


LSUS still trailed 45-38 six minutes into the final period before embarking on a 17-2 run that would allow them to cruise to the victory. In that four-minute span, Centenary attempted just four shots, made good on only one of them, and committed five turnovers. The Gents would whittle the Pilots lead down to two points on several occasions, the last coming with three minutes left in the contest on a basket from Stallings. However, LSUS responded with a 7-0 run to kill the momentum for Centenary.


The Pilots shot only 38.5% from the field compared to 44.1% for Centenary and only out-rebounded the Gents by two boards (41-39), but LSUS converted Centenary’s miscues into 26 points and won the battle at the free throw line 24-9.


Porter led LSUS in scoring with 22 points, though making only seven of his 22 shot attempts from the field for 31%. Jamon Morris added 16 points and J’Quincy Jones finished with 13 points for the Pilots.


Adams posted 18 points for the Gents in the losing effort, while Stallings and newcomer Justin Glenn tossed in 15 points and 13 points respectively.