Gents Open Regular Season at Iowa State Tournament
Thursday, November 8, 2007

AMES, Iowa—The Centenary men’s basketball team opens its 84th season of basketball and its third under head coach Rob Flaska as a participant in the American Family Insurance Cyclone Challenge hosted by Iowa State. The Gents will take on Lipscomb University in the opener on Friday at 5:30 p.m. and will meet either Iowa State or Winston-Salem State on Saturday.


Centenary looks to be young again in 2007-08, but has several high-potential youngsters that will add both size and depth to the roster. Junior Tyrone Hamilton is back to lead the Gents after being named a first team All-Summit League preseason team selection. Fellow guards Nick Stallings (8.5 ppg) and Chase Adams (5.7 ppg) will provide leadership in addition to exceptional defense. Both ranked in the top 10 in the conference last season in steals per game.


Friday night’s match up with Lipscomb is the seventh meeting all-time between the two schools. The series is tied 3-3 with the teams splitting a pair of games in the 2002-03 season. The Gents won the first showdown in the Gold Dome by a score of 93-82, but Lipscomb took the contest in Nashville 85-75.


The tournament is the first game of the season for all four participants, but Lipscomb and Iowa State both have won exhibition tilts. Centenary is coming off of an 80-72 exhibition loss to LSU-Shreveport and Winston-Salem State did not play a preseason game.


Centenary was 10-21 last season, a six-win improvement over the 2005-06 campaign. Lipscomb was 18-13 (11-7, Atlantic Sun), Iowa State was 15-16 (6-10, Big 12) and Winston-Salem State finished the 2006-07 season with a record of 5-24 as an Independent.


Depending on the outcome of both sets of games on Friday, Centenary will play the winner or the loser of the Iowa State vs. Winston-Salem State contest on Saturday at either 5:30 p.m. or 8:30 p.m. Both Gents games can be heard locally over the radio on KSCL 91.3 FM and over the internet at