Gents Ready to Lock Up with Oakland
Wednesday, January 9, 2008

ROCHESTER, Mich.—The Centenary men’s basketball team will take to the road for its first Summit League road swing of 2008 when it faces Oakland on Thursday. The Gents will take on the Golden Grizzlies at 7 p.m. (eastern) before heading on to tangle with IPFW on Saturday also at 7 p.m.


Centenary (7-8, 1-2 Summit) looks to end a four-game slide that has caused its overall record to dip under the .500 mark for the first time this season. The Gents have lost two consecutive Summit League games in overtime and are struggling with depth issues after injuries to Marcus Martin, Matt Cortez, and Jamere King.


Even though Centenary has not emerged on top in its last four games, the Gents spirits are still running high after taking Hawai’i and two-time defending conference champion Oral Roberts down to the wire in each of its last two contests.


The Gents are led by Tyrone Hamilton and Nick Stallings, who combined for 43 of the Gents 62 points against ORU. Hamilton is averaging 17.7 ppg and Stallings 17.3 ppg, good enough for seventh and eighth place in the Summit League. Chase Adams leads the conference in steals and is fourth in assists.


Oakland (8-7, 3-1 Summit) is coming off of a 73-71 victory at North Dakota State, snapping NDSU’s 16-game home win streak. The Golden Grizzlies have also discarded Oregon this season and narrowly lost to Michigan State 75-71. They have won four of their last five games overall.


Derick Nelson leads one of the Summit League’s top offenses (78.5 ppg) with an average of 18.2 ppg. Jonathon Jones and Erik Kangas are also threats to score, tossing in 15.2 and 13.9 ppg respectively.


Oakland leads the all-time series 6-2 and has won three in a row over the Gents. The Golden Grizzlies won the last meeting 70-63 in Rochester.


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