Adams Lifts Gents in 64-58 Upset of IUPUI
Saturday, January 19, 2008

SHREVEPORT—The Centenary men’s basketball team provided head coach Rob Flaska with perhaps his biggest conference win since he took over the team two seasons ago by upsetting IUPUI, 64-58, on Saturday. The Gents trailed until late in the game, but got some big baskets when they needed them the most to pull out the victory.


Centenary (9-10, 3-4 Summit) trailed 46-40 with 10 minutes to play before embarking on a 13-2 run that resulted in the first lead of the evening for the Gents. During the surge, Centenary went to forward Lance Hill repeatedly to create an offensive threat inside. Hill responded with six points and opened up some outside shots for Tyrone Hamilton, who sank a big three-pointer to push the Gents ahead 51-50 with 5:50 remaining.


Anthony Gatlin followed with a lay-up and was fouled, but missed the free throw and Hill went to the bucket strong on the next possession to make the score 55-50.


After several key stops on the defensive end of the court for Centenary, Chase Adams asserted himself offensively and sealed the win. First he drove the right side of the lane and banked home a running one-handed shot. But with the Gents ahead by just three at 57-54 and under 1:30 to go, Adams drilled a three-pointer from the left wing as the shot clock expired and was fouled. He added the free throw for the rare four-point play and moved Centenary on top by seven.


Adams later sank two free throws, giving him eight consecutive points down the stretch.


The first half was a different story for the Gents as they struggled to find their shooting touch, converting on just 10-of-28 shot attempts for 35 percent. IUPUI’s defense limited Centenary’s good looks at the basket with their extended zone, causing the Gents to settle for three-point shots. Centenary made only 5-of-16 long distance attempts in the half.


Meanwhile, despite holding the Jaguars’ leading scorers George Hill and Austin Montgomery to a combined nine points, IUPUI (14-4, 5-2 Summit) used a 19-2 run to grab the lead from the Gents in the first five minutes of the period. Billy Pettiford picked up the scoring slack for the Jaguars, scoring 11 points on 4-of-7 shooting from the field.


Hill, the preseason Summit League Player of the Year, finished with 14 points in the loss, six points below his average. IUPUI shot 53 percent in the first half, but was held to 35 percent in the second stanza by the Gents.


Centenary made just 9-of-27 three-pointers in the game, but won the rebounding war 34-30, including 16 offensive boards. The Gents also committed only 11 turnovers in the win, four in the second half.


Adams finished with a game-high 17 points, going 5-of-10 from the field, 3-of-6 from deep, and 4-of-5 from the line. Hamilton dropped in four long balls and totaled 14 points on the night while Hill and Nick Stallings each added nine points. Glenn pulled down a season-high 11 rebounds for Centenary and Hamilton dished out five assists.


The Gents will take their two-game winning streak on the road next Thursday and Saturday when they travel to Southern Utah and UMKC.