Gents Lock Down Louisiana Tech in 62-50 Win
Friday, December 14, 2007

BOSSIER CITY, La. – The Centenary men’s basketball team turned up its defensive pressure in the second half to outlast Louisiana Tech in the CenturyTel Center on Thursday night. The 62-50 win gave the Gents victories over both regional rivals, Louisiana Tech and Northwestern State, in the same season since the 1985-86 campaign. It is the first time Centenary has swept the two schools in the same season in 30 years.


An undermanned Centenary (7-4) team missing Justin Glenn, Matt Cortez, and Marcus Martin played a lackluster opening half on Thursday night. Although the Gents shot 50% from the field, including 57.1% from the three-point line, and trailed in rebounding by only three at 15-12, they seemed to be lacking in intensity.


Tyrone Hamilton carried Centenary in the first 20 minutes of play, scoring 14 points. The Gents trailed Louisiana Tech (1-7) until moments before the second media timeout when Chase Adams drained a three-pointer. That sparked a 7-0 run that landed the Maroon and White on top at 15-13.


After trading baskets, Centenary used four points from Lance Hill in the paint and five points from Hamilton to cruise in front of the Bulldogs 24-17. However, Louisiana Tech reeled off nine points in a row to get right back in the game and both teams entered the locker room tied at 32 apiece. 


The second half began in much the same fashion with both teams clinging to the other. With the Bulldogs leading 48-47, Lance Hill sank his only three-point attempt of the evening for the Gents at the 11:13 mark to give Centenary the lead. Hill has now made his last seven consecutive three-point attempts over his last three games.


Nick Stallings, averaging over 18 points per game, was held scoreless in the first half, but he and Hamilton switched roles in the second half for the Gents. Hamilton picked up his fourth foul with 13:11 to play and was sidelined for over 11 straight minutes before returning. He did not score in the final period. Meanwhile, Stallings drove the lane to give Centenary a five-point advantage following Hill’s trifecta and came up with 13 big points for the Gents, all in the last half.


Louisiana Tech’s Adrian Rogers followed Stallings basket with a jumper to make the score 52-50, but Centenary’s defense put the clamps on the Bulldogs the rest of the way. Louisiana Tech did not score a single point over the final 7:55 of the game and made only one basket (Rogers) over the final 13:45. Tech shot a meager 25% (6-for-24) in the second half after making 43.5% (10-for-23) of its attempts in the opening 20 minutes of play.


The Gents ended the game on a 10-0 run, backed by six good free throws from Stallings.


Hamilton and Hill led Centenary with 14 points, while Stallings finished with six rebounds to go with his 13 points. Anthony Gatlin pulled down a team-high seven boards and point guard Chase Adams had another solid game with nine points, five rebounds, four assists, and three steals with only one turnover.


Jamere King returned to action for the Gents after missing several games due to injury. He contributed five points and four rebounds in the win.


Keith Smith and J.C. Clark paced Louisiana Tech with 15 points apiece.


The Gents return to action next Thursday, Dec. 20, when they play the second game of its current four-game road trip in Denton, Texas, against a tough University of North Texas team.