Gents Look to Build Momentum Against IUPUI
Friday, January 18, 2008

SHREVEPORT—The Centenary men’s basketball team faces a tough test on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. when Summit League preseason favorite IUPUI comes to town. The Gents would like to build off of their recent win over Western Illinois and carry some momentum into what are two winnable road contests at Southern Utah and UMKC next week.


Centenary (8-10, 2-4 Summit) outlasted Western Illinois for a 95-88 home victory on Thursday by sinking 36-of-44 free throw attempts for almost 82 percent. The game was a nip and tuck affair until Lance Hill drilled a three-pointer with just over two minutes to play to send the Gents on to the win.


On Thursday, Centenary was able to improve in two areas it had been lacking in recently, turnovers and rebounding. The Gents committed five fewer miscues than Western Illinois and out-rebounded the Leathernecks by one. In addition, the team shot 47 percent from the floor and made good on 13 consecutive free throws to seal the game.


What started off as a one-man show with guard Tyrone Hamilton carrying the Gents in the first half with 16 points, ended in a balanced offensive attack. Hamilton finished with 21 points while Hill (19), Nick Stallings (18), and Chase Adams (17) all contributed significantly.


IUPUI (13-4, 5-1 Summit) entered play this week ranked 17th in the Mid-Major Poll. The Jaguars were undefeated in league play until falling to Oral Roberts, 64-63, in Tulsa on Thursday. Austin Montgomery (12.8 ppg) missed the battle of the unbeatens while serving a one-game suspension handed down by the NCAA, but will be back for IUPUI’s tilt with the Gents.


Preseason Summit League Player of the Year George Hill leads the Jaguars, averaging 20.8 points per game. Three other players are averaging better than 12 points per contest, including Montgomery, Jon Avery (12.2 ppg), and Gary Patterson (12.1 ppg).


IUPUI ranks third in the conference in scoring at 76.5 ppg and first in scoring defense, allowing just 62.2 ppg. They are the best shooting team in the league, both from the floor and behind the three-point arc, but Centenary is tops in defending against the three-point ball.


The Jaguars lead the all-time series 7-1 with their only loss to the Gents coming in the first-ever meeting between the two teams in the 2003-04 season in the Gold Dome. IUPUI has won all seven meetings since, but just squeaked by in Shreveport last year 70-68 on a last second shot.


As always, the game can be heard on the radio locally on KSCL 91.3 FM and over the internet at Live video can be viewed through the Summit League website at


Centenary is also proud to announce a new ticket opportunity for families. Beginning Saturday, a Family Pass can be purchased for just $10 that will admit two adults and all the children accompanying them to the game. For more information on tickets, call 318-869-5067.