Gents Return to Summit League Play
Friday, January 4, 2008

SHREVEPORT—The Centenary men’s basketball team returns home to play in the Gold Dome for the first time in nearly a month when it hosts defending Summit League champion Oral Roberts on Saturday at 5:30 p.m.

 

Centenary (7-7, 1-1 Summit) is coming off of a tough loss to swallow at Hawai’i. The Gents led the Rainbow Warriors by as many as 13 points in the contest, but were unable to hold the lead down the stretch. The loss was the third in a row for Centenary, who has played its last four games away from its home court. The Maroon and White are 4-1 in the Gold Dome this season.

 

Tyrone Hamilton and Nick Stallings have been the keys to a successful offense for the Gents. Both rank in the Summit League top 10 in scoring with Hamilton (17.5 ppg) taking the seventh spot and Stallings (16.9 ppg) holding down eighth place. Centenary boasts the best three-point shooting percentage in the league at 40 percent and has the top-rated defense against the three-point shot, allowing their opponents to convert on just 33 percent of its attempts.

 

Oral Roberts (7-5, 2-0 Summit) has won three out of its last five games with wins over conference foes North Dakota State and South Dakota State, and a home victory over Oklahoma State. However, the Golden Eagles are just 1-4 on the road so far this season.

 

ORU features a balanced attack as five players are averaging better than nine points per game. Robert Jarvis leads the way at 15.9 ppg, but Marcus Lewis (10.9 ppg), Shawn King (9.8 ppg), Adam Liberty (9.7 ppg), and Moses Ehambe (9.6 ppg) are all contributing significantly to the offensive production of the Golden Eagles.

 

Oral Roberts leads the all-time series 8-1 over the Gents, with Centenary’s lone win coming in the Gold Dome in 2004. ORU has won seven straight, including the last meeting, a 79-59 victory last season in the first round of the Mid-Con Tournament.

 

The game can be heard locally over the radio at KSCL 91.3 FM and over the internet at www.GoCentenary.com for a small fee. Live video of the match-up can also be purchased through the conference website, www.TheSummitLeague.org.