Gents Gear Up for I-49 Rivalry Game with NSU
Monday, November 26, 2007

SHREVEPORT—The Centenary and Northwestern State men’s basketball teams will meet for the 151st time, according to Centenary records, when the teams face off in the Gold Dome on Tuesday. If past meetings lend a glimpse of what is in store for Tuesday evening, then fans are assured of a competitive contest that will come down to the wire.


Centenary (3-3) is coming off of a pair of losses to UALR and Baylor after starting the season with a 3-1 mark. The Gents are led by the guard tandem of Tyrone Hamilton and Nick Stallings, who are combining to score 36.3 points per game. Hamilton is actually tops on the team with an average of 18.5 ppg, while Stallings is close behind at 17.8 ppg. Centenary has also been receiving low-post scoring from Lance Hill at 10.5 ppg.


Northwestern State (3-4) dropped its first four contests of the season before rebounding to take its last three tilts against the University of the Ozarks, Houston Baptist, and Tennessee Tech. Trey Gilder paces the Demon offense with 15.7 ppg and was named Southland Conference Player of the Week on Monday after posting an average of 25.5 points per contest in a pair of wins.


Centenary holds the all-time advantage in the series 82-68, but has lost the last three meetings to the Demons by an average of four points each. The last two games have been decided in the final seconds with NSU emerging on top of a 76-74 battle in the Gold Dome in 2005 and a exciting 89-86 tussle in Natchitoches in 2006.


Northwestern State enters the game averaging 76.6 ppg to Centenary’s 74.8 ppg, but the Demons are allowing their opponents to score 86.6 ppg compared to 75.0 ppg for the Gents. The Maroon and White are also better so far in all three shooting categories, posting a 43.6% effort from the floor, including 37.4% from long distance, and 77.9% from the free throw line. Centenary is averaging 5.5 fewer turnovers per game, but NSU is grabbing six more rebounds.


Centenary is 1-0 inside the Gold Dome this season and will host NSU in only its second home game of the 2007-08 campaign. The Gents defeated Texas College, 101-81, at home almost two weeks ago.


Meanwhile, the Demons are 0-3 away from Prather Coliseum and have played their last four games at home.


As always, the game can be heard locally in the Shreveport-Bossier area on KSCL 91.3 FM. Fans can also watch the live video stream through The Summit League website, Live stats will be provided on the official website of Centenary Athletics,