Gents Continue Shooting Struggles Against Oakland
Saturday, February 9, 2008

SHREVEPORT—The Centenary men’s basketball team dropped its fifth consecutive game on Saturday in a 97-61 decision at the Gold Dome. The defeat leaves the Gents in a battle to avoid the final seed in The Summit League Tournament with six games remaining.


The Gents shooting woes continued on Saturday as a 38.5 percent effort in the first half left Centenary trailing 46-24 at the break.


Oakland scored the first five points of the game and held a comfortable advantage for the entire 20 minutes. The Golden Grizzlies extended their hold on the Gents on an 11-2 run with the help of six points from Tim Williams off the bench. The resulting 14-point lead at 28-14 was added to again when Oakland scored six unanswered points to move ahead by 20.


Centenary could not find a rhythm as it repeatedly tried to pound the ball inside on offense. Lance Hill picked up two quick fouls and played only eight minutes. The junior was averaging 12.3 points per game before the contest. Leading scorer Tyrone Hamilton attempted only three shots in the half and Nick Stallings was a mere 3-of-9, which included a missed dunk.


The freshman duo of Justin Glenn and Tim Price was a bright spot for the Gents as each blocked two shots and Price added eight points in the opening period.


The second half did not fare any better for the Gents, who shot just 33 percent from the floor. With the game out of hand, Oakland continued to pull away over the final 12 minutes.


For the game, the Gents shot 35 percent compared to Oakland’s 50 percent.


Centenary was led by Price’s career-high14 points off the bench. Freshman Jamere King tossed in 11 points, while Stallings had eight.


Derick Nelson paced Oakland with 22 points on 7-of-10 shooting and 7-of-8 from the free throw line. Erik Kangas added 14 points on the strength of four 3-pointers and Williams finished with 13.


The Gents will return to action next Thursday and Saturday when they head to IUPUI and Western Illinois.