Gents Look to Return to Winning Ways Against SUU
Wednesday, February 20, 2008

SHREVEPORT—With just four games remaining in the regular season, the Centenary men’s basketball team looks to make a push in the standings with a pair of home contests this week. The Gents will open their final homestand of the year with a 7 p.m. game on Thursday against Southern Utah.

 

Centenary (9-17, 3-11 Summit) is coming off of a tough 68-67 road loss at Western Illinois. Junior Nick Stallings, who had been in a scoring slump of sorts, got back on track against the Leathernecks, scoring 20 points in addition to grabbing 12 rebounds. Tyrone Hamilton had 15 points and Lance Hill added 11. Freshman Jamere King also had 11 points, his third straight game to score in double figures.

 

Hamilton now sits at 1,201 career points scored for the Gents and is just 16 points away from cracking into Centenary’s top 20. Nate Bland is currently in the 20th spot at 1,216 points scored. Hamilton also ranks 45th in the nation in 3-pointers made at 2.9 per game. Sophomore Chase Adams ranks 15th in the nation with 2.4 steals per contest.

 

Southern Utah (8-18, 6-9 Summit) is also coming off of a hard loss to swallow. The Thunderbirds played at league leader Oral Roberts on Tuesday and trailed by four with under a minute to play. However, ORU scored the final five points of the game and pulled out the 71-62 victory.

 

Geoff Payne had 35 points and 15 rebounds in the loss for Southern Utah. He is third in The Summit League with an average of 20.5 points per game. No other Thunderbird player is averaging double figures.

 

The previous meeting between these two teams was decided by only three points as the Gents fell 82-79 in Cedar City, Utah, back on Jan. 24th. Centenary has won three of the four games played between the clubs in the Gold Dome, but Southern Utah holds the all-time series lead at 5-4.

 

The game can be heard on the radio in the Shreveport-Bossier area on KSCL 91.3 FM and over the internet at www.GoCentenary.com.