Six Gents Break Double Figures in 105-90 Win Over NSU
Wednesday, November 28, 2007

SHREVEPORT—The Centenary men’s basketball team won a hard fought game against I-49 rival Northwestern State 105-90 on Tuesday night in the Gold Dome. Six Gents scored in double figures with some key contributions coming from unlikely sources.


Trailing by one at the half, Centenary (4-3) scored six of the first eight points after the break on a pair of free throws, a jumper from Anthony Gatlin, and a lay-up by Lance Hill. The surge gave the Gents a 53-50 lead.


Northwestern State (3-5) would move ahead two minutes later on a three-pointer by Petravicius Deividas, but a good move inside by Centenary’s Jerrald Bonham on its next possession would put the Gents on top and the Demons would never lead again.


NSU kept the game within reach as both teams matched each other blow for blow, but with the score tied at 78, Tyrone Hamilton drilled a three to spark an 11-0 Gents run. Six made free throws and another press-breaking lay-up by Hill put Centenary in control at 89-78.


Northwestern State started the game on fire as the Demons drained four three-pointers out of their first five made shots. The long distance barrage by NSU made the score 15-10 in the visitors favor.


Centenary weathered the storm and trailing 19-15 embarked on a 16-2 run to pull out to a 31-21 lead. The Gents used their fast break to push the ball, which resulted in four lay-ups and a dunk by Marcus Martin.


The Demons answered the call and responded with a 17-2 run of their own behind a drive and a jumper from Logan McConathy to tie the score at 41 apiece. Both teams then traded baskets and NSU took a 48-47 lead into the break.


Northwestern State shot 55.9% from the field in the opening 20 minutes of play, including 7-of-13 from the three-point line. Centenary hung tight with the Demons, shooting 53.1% from the field themselves. However, NSU only connected on 5-of-17 long distance shots in the second half.


The Gents finished shooting a sizzling 58.3% from the floor and 55% (11-of-20) from downtown. Although not mentioned in any of the big runs, freshman Matt Cortez hit three big three-pointers throughout the game and sank two free throws for a career-high 11 points. Until tonight, Cortez had only totaled four minutes of action, but was pressed into major minutes due to an injury to guard Jamere King.


Nick Stallings led the Gents with 23 points on 7-of-17 shooting and added seven assists. Hamilton dropped in 20 points, with the aid of five trifectas, and recorded his first career double double with a game-high 10 rebounds. Hill had a quiet 18 points and Gatlin added 10 points to tie his career-high for Centenary.


However, anyone watching the game could not deny the important contribution point guard Chase Adams made to the winning effort. Adams scored 12 points and notched his first-ever double double with 12 assists. He also tallied five rebounds and six steals. His ball-handling ability broke the Northwestern State full-court press over and over again while consistently pushing the tempo for the Gents. Centenary would score 20 fast break points in the game to just six for the Demons.


The 100-point outburst on offense for the Gents marked the first time Centenary has scored 100 points or more against a Division I opponent since defeating Florida International 107-95 during the 1995-96 season. Having scored 101 points in its first home game this season, the Gents have now scored at least 100 points in back-to-back contests at the Gold Dome for the first time since the 1991-92 campaign. That year Centenary bested Wiley College and Ouachita Baptist while scoring 106 and 100 points respectively.


The Gents will try to keep the momentum rolling forward when they host Texas Tech in the CenturyTel Center on Saturday at 5:30 p.m.