Three Gents Top 20 Points in 101-81 Win Over Texas College
Wednesday, November 14, 2007

SHREVEPORT—The Centenary men’s basketball team received career-high performances from two players on offense and shot 55.7% as a team to breeze past Texas College Wednesday night in the Gold Dome, 101-81. The high scoring output was the first time the Gents topped the century mark in 114 games dating back to the 2002-03 season.


Centenary (2-1) was caught in a back and forth game in the early going as both teams raced the court at a frenetic pace, sinking baskets almost at will. Nick Stallings came out of the gate on fire as the Gents’ junior guard had 13 of Centenary’s first 27 points.


Texas College (3-2) took the lead at 25-23 on a lay-up by Mondrae McCray, but the Steers would never lead again. Centenary answered with a nice move in the paint from Jerrald Bonham and another driving basket from Stallings to regain the lead at 27-25 and never looked back.


Holding a 46-43 advantage at the half, the Gents scored the first seven points of the second period to go on top by double digits for the first time. The final dagger was inserted into the Steers when a 17-3 run from the 15:16 mark to just under the 12-minute mark resulted in a 21-point lead for Centenary at 77-56. During the stretch, six different Gents scored, highlighted by an emphatic dunk by freshman Justin Glenn.


Stallings led Centenary with a career-high 28 points, shooting 11-of-21 from the field. The second-year man for the Gents narrowly missed a triple-double with nine assists and eight rebounds on the night as well. Steady scorer Tyrone Hamilton dropped in 22 points on the strength of four three-pointers and added a career-high seven rebounds and six assists. Junior forward Lance Hill pumped in a career-best 20 points and hauled in seven boards.  


The Gents held Texas College to a 40.3% shooting effort, including 21.4% (6-of-28) from long distance. Centenary also out-rebounded the Steers 45-34 and sank an outstanding 81% (17-of-21) of its free throws.


Centenary is now 2-1 to begin a season for the first time since the 2001-02 campaign. The Gents will look to add another victory in the win column when they travel to SMU on Saturday for a 7 p.m. tilt with the Mustangs from Conference USA.