Gents Back in Action at North Texas
Wednesday, December 19, 2007

DENTON, Texas—The Centenary men’s basketball team will travel to Denton, Texas, to tangle with a tough University of North Texas team on Thursday at 7 p.m. It will be the first game in a week for the Gents, who have been taking finals, while the Mean Green played just three days ago.

 

Centenary (7-4) defeated rival Louisiana Tech last Thursday, 62-50. The Gents pulled away in the second half after holding the Bulldogs scoreless over the final 7:55 of the contest. Tyrone Hamilton and Lance Hill each scored 14 points to lead the charge and Nick Stallings hit several big free throws down the stretch to finish with 13 points.

 

Hamilton and Stallings continue to battle game-by-game for bragging rights as the team’s leading scorer. Hamilton currently sits on top at 18.1 ppg while Stallings is close behind at 17.9 ppg. Hill has been very consistent of late, adding 12.7 ppg to the mix.  

 

Hamilton could reach a career milestone in the matchup with North Texas as he is only nine points away from becoming the 27th player in Centenary history to surpass the 1,000-point barrier. He also ranks in the top 10 in three-point field goals made (152) and attempted (389), and assists (229).

 

North Texas (7-2) has been ripping through its schedule rather easily and has only fallen to Texas and Texas-Arlington, both on the road. The Mean Green is a perfect 5-0 at home, which includes wins over Oklahoma State and Indiana State. UNT has also beaten New Mexico on the road.

 

Freshman sensation Josh White is leading the team, averaging 18.6 ppg. He has already been named the Sun Belt Conference Player of the Week twice in his young career. Collin Dennis is posting 13.4 ppg as the sixth man for North Texas and Keith Wooden is adding 12.4 ppg.

 

North Texas most recently bested Southern University, 79-58, at home on Monday. Four players scored in double figures for the Mean Green.

 

The game should be a high-scoring affair with the Gents averaging 78.6 ppg and the Mean Green pumping in 82.8 ppg. Both teams are shooting upwards of 47% on the year from the floor and more than 73% from the charity stripe.

 

Thursday will mark the 21st meeting between Centenary and North Texas with the Gents holding an 11-9 advantage in the all-time series. The two teams have not met since 1993 when Centenary knocked off North Texas, 88-71, in a tournament hosted by the University of New Mexico.

 

Fans can follow the action live with Centenary play-by-play man Doug Greenwald on the radio at KSCL 91.3 FM or over the internet at www.GoCentenary.com. The pre-game show will air beginning at 6:45 p.m. Live stats will also be available through the official website of Centenary Athletics.