IUPUI Too Strong For Gents
Thursday, February 14, 2008

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.—The IUPUI Jaguars extended their perfect home record to 13-0 with an 89-61 win over Centenary on Thursday evening. The Gents could not find scoring inside and were forced to shoot from the outside, attempting 25 3-pointers in the loss.


IUPUI (20-5, 12-2 Summit) took an early 5-0 lead and never looked back. The Gents cut what was frequently a 10-point lead down to five on several occasions, but could not get any closer. The final time came on a Matt Cortez trifecta with 3:14 to play in the first quarter. However, IUPUI responded with a 7-1 run to close out the half to gain a 42-31 advantage at the break.


IUPUI opened the second half on a 5-0 run to earn a 17-point lead and cruised from there.


Centenary (9-16, 3-10 Summit) shot a respectable 42 percent from the field and connected on 10 3-pointers, which included four from Tyrone Hamilton. The Gents rebounded well, winning the battle on the boards 34-33, but the Maroon & White committed 20 turnovers and were outscored in the paint 40-18.


The Jaguars used some unlikely heroes in the win over the Gents. Preseason Summit League Player of the Year George Hill scored his share of points, finishing with 23, but his supporting cast made the difference. Fellow Preseason All-Conference selections Austin Montgomery and Gary Patterson were held to just eight combined points on 3-of-12 shooting.


Jon Avery stepped up for IUPUI and scored 20 points off the bench in 24 minutes of action. John Ashworth drilled three long balls and had 12 points off the bench, while non-starter LeRoy Nobles added 10 points.


Centenary’s Chase Adams came close to a triple double, finishing with 10 rebounds, nine points, and seven assists. Hamilton led the team in scoring with 14 points. Jamere King and Tim Price scored in double digits for the second game in row with 11 and 10 points respectively.


The Gents return to action on Saturday when they travel to Macomb, Ill., to tackle Western Illinois at 7 p.m.