Gents Look to Roll in Little Rock
Monday, November 19, 2007

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.—The Centenary men’s basketball team is off to a 3-1 start for the first time since the 2001-02 season after handily defeating SMU on the road 93-76 on Saturday. The Gents will look to continue their trend of wins when they travel to Little Rock, Ark., Tuesday to battle UALR at 7 p.m.

 

Centenary shot the lights out in Moody Coliseum on the campus of SMU in the Gents last game. The team sizzled to the tune of 61.2 percent from the field, 57.1 percent from the three-point line, and 80.8 percent from the charity stripe. In addition, the Maroon and White sank 12 three-pointers, five of which came from the hand of Tyrone Hamilton.

 

Hamilton led all scorers with 23 points, but his partner in crime, and current Summit League player of the week Nick Stallings, pumped in 20 points on a perfect 8-of-8 shooting effort to seal the game.

 

The duo of Hamilton and Stallings has proven deadly for opposing teams. The guards are averaging 21.3 points each and are accounting for 53% of a Centenary offensive attack that is scoring 80.8 ppg. Toss in 10.5 ppg from post Lance Hill and 7.3 ppg and 5.5 rpg from Jerrald Bonham and you have a Gents squad that is clicking on all cylinders. Centenary has won two road games in the first four games of the season for the first time since the 1992-93 season.

 

UALR (2-1) won its first two games of the season against Ozarks (92-54) and Loyola Marymount (71-40) before dropping its first contest against Texas-Arlington at home on Sunday, 68-58. The Trojans are shooting 48.8% from the floor on the season and are pulling down an impressive 44 rebounds per game.

 

Shane Edwards leads a Trojan team that is scoring 73.7 ppg while holding opponents to just 54 ppg. Edwards is averaging 11.3 ppg while Terrance Akins and Brandon Patterson are chipping in with 9.7 and 9.3 ppg respectively.

 

Centenary and UALR have met 35 times in the series so far and the Trojans hold a 23-12 advantage. However, the Gents have won the last three meetings, including a 69-59 victory last season in the Gold Dome.

 

The game can be heard locally on the radio on KSCL 91.3 FM or over the internet at www.GoCentenary.com.