Gents Look to Shake off the Flu Against WIU
Wednesday, January 16, 2008

SHREVEPORT—The Centenary men’s basketball team hosts Western Illinois in the Gold Dome on Thursday at 7 p.m. The Gents are looking to get back on their feet after several players suffered through a 71-52 loss at the hands of IPFW with flu-like symptoms on Saturday.


Centenary (7-10, 1-4 Summit) had several players and members of its coaching staff come down with the flu on its last road trip to Oakland and IPFW. The effects of the illness were noticeable as the Gents labored through the Summit League swing in hopes of getting well for its two-game home stand with Western Illinois and league-leader IUPUI this weekend.


The Gents tandem of Tyrone Hamilton and Nick Stallings were two of the players hit by the flu last weekend and the duo combined for just 11 points in Saturday’s loss. On the season, they rank seventh and eighth in the conference in scoring at 17.1 ppg and 16.4 ppg respectively.


Western Illinois (8-8, 3-2 Summit) is enjoying one of its more successful seasons in recent history and have won three straight Summit League games. After opening the conference portion of its schedule with losses to IUPUI and Southern Utah, the Leathernecks have responded by defeating UMKC, South Dakota State, and North Dakota State.


David Jackson is leading the WIU offense with a scoring effort of 13.4 points per game. Jerryck Owens-Murray (10.3 ppg) and David Nurse (9.9 ppg) are also contributing significantly for the Leathernecks.


The match-up between Centenary and Western Illinois has been one of the most competitive battles the Gents have shared since joining the conference in 2003. The Leathernecks lead the all-time series 5-4 and have only won once inside the Gold Dome.


As always, the game can be heard locally on the radio at KSCL 91.3 FM and on the internet at Live stats can also be found on the website and a live video stream can be viewed at