Gents Open Summit League Play with SDSU
Wednesday, December 5, 2007

SHREVEPORT—The Centenary men’s basketball team opens Summit League play on Thursday at 7 p.m. against conference newcomer South Dakota State. The Gents are riding a two-game win streak with home victories over Northwestern State and Texas Tech.

 

Centenary (5-3, 0-0 Summit) is off to its best start since the 2003-04 season with five victories in its first eight games. However, one could argue that the wins this year have been against tougher opponents. The Gents have already defeated a Conference USA school in SMU, a Big 12 opponent in Texas Tech, and one of the upper echelon teams in the Southland Conference in NSU. The 2003-04 team had two non-Division I wins in their total and three Southland wins.

 

Centenary guard play by Nick Stallings, Tyrone Hamilton, and Chase Adams has the Summit League buzzing. Stallings and Hamilton place sixth and seventh in the conference in scoring at 18.4 ppg and 17.9 ppg respectively, while also ranking in the same positions in defensive rebounds. Adams is tops in the league in both assists and steals per game from his point guard position.

 

The Gents’ post play is also coming along as forward Anthony Gatlin has scored in double figures for three consecutive games, forward Lance Hill is averaging 11 ppg, and forward Justin Glenn hauled in a career-high nine rebounds versus Texas Tech.

 

South Dakota State (3-3, 0-0 Summit) visits Shreveport for the first time ever after losing to Wisconsin-Green Bay at home on Saturday. The Jackrabbits joined the Summit League last summer and will be playing in their first conference game against the Gents.

 

SDSU is led offensively by the three-headed attack of Ben Beran, Kai Williams, and Garrett Callahan. Beran is scoring 15.7 ppg to lead the Jackrabbits, but Williams is close behind at 15 ppg. Callahan is contributing 14.5 ppg for South Dakota State.

 

On paper, it looks to be a close game as both teams shoot the ball exceptionally well. One of the major differences between the clubs is the three-point threat, or lack thereof. The Gents are 63-of-153 on the season while the Jackrabbits are just 31-of-85. SDSU will try to use its size down low against Centenary’s up-tempo style of play.

 

The two teams have never faced each other before.

 

Fans can hear all the action on the radio in the Shreveport-Bossier area on KSCL 91.3 FM or on the internet at www.GoCentenary.com. Live stats will also be available on the official Centenary Athletics website. For those who wish to watch the game, a live video feed can be purchased through The Summit League website, www.thesummitleague.org.