Gents Second Half Surge Comes up Short at Iowa State
Sunday, November 11, 2007

AMES, Iowa¬óThe Centenary basketball team lost its battle against Iowa State 67-57 in the championship game of the American Family Insurance Cyclone Challenge on Saturday night. The Gents made a strong second half push, but a sub par shooting effort relegated the Maroon and White to a second place finish in the tournament.


Centenary (1-1) fell behind 12-0 to start the game after committing four turnovers and missing all five of its shots from the field in the first six minutes of the game. Lance Hill ended the scoring drought by sinking a pair of free throws, but Iowa State (2-0) would extend its lead to as much as 19 points at 25-6 at the 7:22 mark of the first half.


The Gents began to whittle away at the large deficit and pulled within nine at halftime on a big three-pointer from Chase Adams at the buzzer. After Centenary got to six points on a trifecta by Justin Glenn, the Cyclones pushed their advantage back to double figures on a dunk by Rahshon Clark and two free throws by Craig Brackins.


Tyrone Hamilton answered for Centenary with another three-pointer and Tim Price sank a jumper off of a pass from Adams following an ISU turnover. Still trailing by just five points with eight minutes to play at 53-48, the Gents went 1-of-7 from the field over a five-minute span and missed 3-of-4 free throws to fall out of contention.


Centenary shot just 37.9% for the game, which included a 23.5% effort (4-of-17) from long distance. The poor shooting denied the Gents of taking advantage of 23 turonvers by Iowa State in the game. Centenary committed only 12 turnovers.


The Cylones shot 57.1% percent in the win and hauled in 14 more rebounds than the Gents at 37-23. Bryan Petersen led Iowa State with 18 points and Brackins, the tournament MVP, added 16 points and eight rebounds.


Hamilton was Centenary’s top scorer with 17 points on a 5-of-16 shooting effort from the floor. Nick Stallings enjoyed another good offensive game for the Gents, finishing with 16 points. Both Hamilton and Stallings were named to the all-tournament team after combining for 77 points in the two games.


Centenary will return to Shreveport to host Texas College in its home-opener on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Gold Dome.