Gents Look to Keep Momentum for Trip to SMU
Friday, November 16, 2007

DALLAS—The Centenary men’s basketball team looks to build off the momentum generated from its 2-1 start when it visits Moody Coliseum on Saturday to take on Southern Methodist University at 7 p.m. The outstanding duo of Tyrone Hamilton and Nick Stallings has sparked the Gents offense, resulting in a score of over 100 points for the first time in four years last game.


Centenary is 2-1 to begin a season for the first time since 2001-02 in large part to its top notch guard play. Juniors Stallings and Hamilton are averaging 21.7 and 20.7 ppg respectively to open the season, combining to account for 42.4 ppg or 55% of the Gents average offensive scoring output.


Stallings has especially been on fire of late as the 6’1” wing pumped in a career-high 28 points in Centenary’s 101-81 victory over Texas College on Wednesday. He leads the team in points, rebounds (19 total, 6.3 pg), field goal percentage (50%), free throw percentage (88.9%, 16-of-18), and assists (13).


Against Texas College, the Gents clicked on all cylinders, a feat they will try to replay in Dallas on Saturday. Centenary dominated the boards 45-34, shot a sizzling 55.7% on the game, and sank 81% of its free throws (17-of-21).


As a team, the Gents are scoring 76.7 ppg, shooting 44.8% from the field, and pulling down 32 rebounds per contest.


SMU (0-2) dropped both of its first two games at home to Southern, 75-61, and Alabama State, 64-54. The Mustangs have struggled to find their shooting touch, converting on just 34.2% of their attempts. They are scoring 57.5 ppg and hauling in 35 rpg.


Alex Malone leads SMU’s offense with 14.5 ppg while Jon Killen is adding 13 ppg to go with nine assists. In their last game, the Mustangs shot a meager 37% from the floor, committed 17 turnovers, and were out-rebounded 41-32.   


SMU leads the all-time series between the two teams with an 11-2 mark. The Mustangs defeated the Gents 68-40 last season in the Gold Dome.


The game will be broadcast locally on the radio at KSCL 91.3 FM and over the internet at