IPFW Hands Gents Crushing Summit League Loss
Thursday, February 7, 2008

SHREVEPORT—In a pivotal two-game Summit League homestand with IPFW and Oakland, the Centenary men’s basketball team got off to a poor start with a 65-44 lashing from IPFW. The road victory was the first of the year for the Mastodons, who were 0-11 away from home before Thursday. 


The Gents looked out of sync from the tip as IPFW raced out to a 19-2 lead behind hot shooting from what seemed like the entire team. In the opening run, which spanned eight minutes, six different Mastodons got in the scoring column.


Centenary (9-14, 3-8 Summit) finally got on the board again with 11:15 to go in the half on an inside move from Lance Hill, but the scoring would not come easy for the Gents. No Centenary player made more than one field goal in the opening period as the home team shot just 21 percent from the floor.


Meanwhile, IPFW (10-13, 7-5 Summit) couldn’t miss. DeWitt Scott led the charge going 4-of-5 with three 3-pointers as the Mastodons shot 61 percent from the floor in building a 41-15 halftime lead.


Centenary started the second half on fire, apparently re-energized after the intermission. The Gents outscored IPFW 10-0 over the first four minutes of play, but failed to score on four more consecutive possessions.


The Mastodons eventually ended their scoreless drought at the 13:28 mark on a put back by Zach Plackemeier. IPFW allowed the Gents to creep within 15 points twice, but then found its rhythm again to end any serious threat from Centenary.


The balanced IPFW offense was paced by Scott and David Carson. Both finished with 13 points and Carson pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds. The Mastodons shot 51 percent for the game compared to just 26 percent for the Gents.


Hill led Centenary with 14 points on 6-of-15 shooting, which included a 3-pointer. Tyrone Hamilton added 10 points, as did Chase Adams. Adams, at 5’10”, also led the team with eight boards, four assists, and three steals.


The Gents will try to bounce back on Saturday when they host Oakland in the Gold Dome at 5:30 p.m.