Gents Host Texas Tech in CenturyTel Center
Friday, November 30, 2007

SHREVEPORT—The Centenary men’s basketball team will take on Texas Tech University in the CenturyTel Center in Bossier City on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. Besides hosting and battling a team from a major conference such as the Big 12, the Gents will also be locking up with Bob Knight, NCAA basketball’s all-time wins leader.

 

Centenary (4-3) comes off of an impressive 105-90 victory over in-state rival Northwestern State in the Gold Dome on Tuesday. In that game, the Gents shot a sizzling 58 percent from the floor, which included 11-of-20 from the three-point line. Six players scored in double figures and two notched double doubles.

 

Nick Stallings led the way for the Maroon and White with 23 points against the Demons and fellow backcourt member Tyrone Hamilton added 20 points. Hamilton also pulled down a career-high 10 rebounds in the win for Centenary. Lance Hill, Chase Adams, Matt Cortez, and Anthony Gatlin all scored at least 10 points on the night, while Adams dished out a career-high 12 assists.

 

The Gents are sporting a winning record after seven games for the first time since they were 5-2 to start the 2003-04 season. Centenary finished that campaign, its first in The Summit League, with a 16-12 mark overall and placed second in regular season conference play.

 

Strong guard play has the Gents scoring almost 80 points per game. The tandem of Hamilton (18.7 ppg) and Stallings (18.6 ppg) are combining to average 37.3 ppg and Adams is contributing almost six assists and three steals per outing.

 

Knight’s Red Raiders (5-2) arrive in the Shreveport-Bossier area after defeating TCU at home in Lubbock, 71-58, on Wednesday. Texas Tech will be looking to give their head coach his 896th career win on Saturday and his 40th winning season in 42 years of coaching by the end of this campaign.

 

Sulphur, La., native Martin Zeno paces the Red Raiders, averaging 16.1 ppg. Texas Tech’s stingy defense will be a test for the Centenary offense as Coach Knight’s crew is allowing only 57.9 ppg.

 

This game will be the eighth all-time meeting between the Gents and the Red Raiders with Texas Tech holding the 7-0 lead in the series. Surprisingly, this will be the fifth time Centenary will host the Red Raiders at home in the Shreveport-Bossier area.

 

As always, the game will be broadcast locally on the radio at KSCL 91.3 FM. In addition, fans can listen online and find live stats of the event on the official website of Centenary Athletics, www.GoCentenary.com.