Gents Take on Undefeated Baylor
Friday, November 23, 2007

WACO, Texas—The Centenary men’s basketball team will try to do something on Saturday that it almost accomplished last season, beat the Baylor Bears on their home court. The Gents led the contest last year five minutes into the second half, but allowed a Baylor run that resulted in a 76-63 loss.


Coming off a tough 72-64 loss to UALR on Tuesday, the Gents are looking to bounce back and continue their winning ways. Centenary shot just 32 percent from the floor in Little Rock and was out-rebounded 48-28, yet the Gents still had a chance to win with two minutes remaining.


That, coupled with a pair of road wins and a respectable performance in a loss at Iowa State, have the Gents believing they can beat just about anybody when their game is on. “On” means that the guard tandem of Tyrone Hamilton and Nick Stallings are leading the team in scoring, the team is shooting 40 percent from the field or better, and Centenary wins the turnover battle. The Gents are a perfect 3-0 when accomplishing all three.


Hamilton continues to lead Centenary, averaging 20.8 ppg. He is shooting a stellar 48.8 percent from long distance, converting on 20-of-41 three-point attempts. Stallings’ aggressiveness on offense has paid off as the second-year man is pumping in 19.4 ppg, giving the Gents an impressive one-two punch from its guards.


Baylor is a perfect 4-0 to begin its season. The Bears defeated Jackson State at home to open the 2007-08 campaign and then beat Wichita State, Notre Dame, and Winthrop in the 2007 Paradise Jam in St. Thomas.


Curtis Jerrells paces Baylor’s offense at 16 ppg. The Bears have four players averaging in double figures, including sixth man LaceDarius Dunn at 11.3 ppg.


Baylor leads the all-time series 8-4 and holds a 7-2 mark in games played in Waco.


The game can be heard in the Shreveport-Bossier area on the radio at KSCL 91.3 FM.