Gents to Tangle with Frontrunner Oral Roberts
Saturday, February 2, 2008

TULSA, Okla.—The Centenary men’s basketball team travels to face league leader Oral Roberts University today at 7:05 p.m. The Gents are looking to pull out a road victory after dropping their last two contests away from home by three points each.

 

Centenary (9-12, 3-6 Summit) is currently tied for seventh place in the Summit League at the half-way point of the season. The Gents sit one game back of fifth place and only two games out of third place in the tightly contested conference race.

 

Oral Roberts (14-5, 9-0 Summit) rests on top of the standings with an unblemished 9-0 mark in league action. The Golden Eagles may have received their toughest test to date from the Gents when ORU escaped possible defeat in the Gold Dome back on January 5th. In that game, the score was tied at 62 apiece with the clock winding down and Centenary in possession of the ball. The Gents failed to score and Oral Roberts pulled away with a 71-62 victory in overtime.

 

The Golden Eagles 9-0 start has set a new Summit League record for the best beginning to a conference season. Playing in the Mabee Center won’t be easy for the Gents either, who have never won there. Not many teams have as Oral Roberts has knocked off its last 22 straight conference visitors to the arena.

 

Juniors Tyrone Hamilton and Nick Stallings continue to lead the Gents in scoring at 17.5 and 16.4 points per game respectively. Hamilton and sophomore Chase Adams’ names now appear amongst the national leaders in two separate NCAA statistical categories. Hamilton ranks 34th in the nation with an average of 3.1 made 3-pointers per game and Adams is 17th with 2.5 steals per contest.

 

Sophomore Lance Hill and freshman Justin Glenn have made major contributions of late as well. Hill, who is averaging double figures in scoring, poured in 22 points in Centenary’s 76-73 loss at UMKC last Saturday. Glenn recorded a career-high 11 rebounds in the Gents’ upset victory over IUPUI two weeks ago and now leads the team in rebounding at 4.7 per game.

 

The trip to face Oral Roberts in Tulsa will be a homecoming for both Glenn and freshman guard Jamere King. Glenn attended Union High School while King is a graduate of Booker T. Washington. King is averaging 2.2 points and 13 minutes of action in his debut season. 

 

ORU is lead offensively by Robert Jarvis, who averages 16.9 points. Adam Liberty (10.2), Shawn King (9.9), and Marcus Lewis (9.5) are also making significant contributions.

 

The audio broadcast of tonight’s game can be found on the radio in the Shreveport-Bossier area on KSCL 91.3 FM and over the internet at www.GoCentenary.com.