Gents Run Cold in 72-64 Loss at UALR
Wednesday, November 21, 2007

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.—The Centenary men’s basketball team shot over 60 percent from the field in its impressive win over SMU three days ago, but the hot hand the Gents found in Dallas did not make the trip to Little Rock on Tuesday night. Centenary suffered through its worst shooting game of the season, converting on just 19-of-59 shots for 32.8 percent in losing to UALR by just eight at 72-64.


Centenary (3-2) went more than five minutes to begin the game without scoring until Tyrone Hamilton drilled a three-pointer to put the Gents on the board. Fortunately for Centenary, UALR was struggling to find its shooting touch as well in the early going and Hamilton’s shot pulled the Gents within two at 5-3.


The Gents were still within two points at 13-11 with 9:52 left in the first half before the Trojans used an 8-0 run on six points from De’Andre Eggins to stretch their lead to 10. The deficit would reach as many as 12 points, but Centenary would go into the break down by a manageable nine points at 36-27.


Jerrald Bonham began the second half with an easy bucket inside the paint off of a lob pass from Lance Hill. Hill then scooped up a rebound on the Gents’ next possession and made the put-back to cut the UALR lead down to five at 36-31. Centenary, however, would not be able to consistently find the bottom of the net and the Trojans stretched their lead back out to 15 with 9:48 to play.


Still losing by 11 with 5:15 remaining, the Gents made one last push behind a pair of Hamilton long distance treys. The junior also added two free throws, which, along with a tip-in by Anthony Gatlin, pulled Centenary within two points at 63-61 with just over two minutes left.


UALR’s Terrance Akins ended any hopes of a Centenary comeback with an old-fashioned three-point play. The Gents were forced to foul the rest of the way and the Trojans sank 6-of-12 free throws to take the eight-point victory.


In addition to shooting a meager 32.8 percent, Centenary was out-rebounded by a count of 48-28. The Gents committed a season-low nine turnovers, but were outscored 28-16 in the paint. UALR shot 45.5 percent from the field to improve to 3-1 on the season.


Hamilton led Centenary with 19 points, drilling 5-of-10 attempts from behind the three-point line. Nick Stallings finished with 12 points, but made only 3-of-18 shot attempts on the night while adding five assists. Bonham tossed in 10 points in the loss for the Gents.


Shane Edwards matched Hamilton with 19 points to pace UALR. Eggins tallied 14 points and Mike Smith and Brandon Patterson chipped in 10 points each for the Trojans.


Centenary will meet its next match when it travels to Waco, Texas, to take on Baylor University on Saturday at 7 p.m.