Gents End Regular Season with Win at SDSU
Saturday, March 1, 2008

BROOKINGS, S.D.—The Centenary men’s basketball team held South Dakota State to just 32 percent shooting on its own court to end the regular season with a 69-64 victory on Saturday. The win places the Gents in ninth place in The Summit League standings and the Jackrabbits finish last in their first season in the conference.


Centenary (10-20, 4-14 Summit) advances to The Summit League Tournament in Tulsa, which begins on Saturday, as the No.8 seed and will face No.1 Oral Roberts at 6 p.m.


The Gents held a 32-31 lead at the half as both teams shot below 40 percent. However, Centenary shot 50 percent in the second half while holding South Dakota State (8-21, 3-15 Summit) to a meager 29 percent effort.


The Jackrabbits out-rebounded the Gents 49-32 and 19-6 on the offensive glass, but 19 turnovers and a poor shooting night for the home team gave Centenary the season sweep over SDSU.


Both teams connected on five 3-pointers in the contest, but the Gents were an efficient 5-of-8 from deep compared to 5-of-19 for the Jackrabbits.


Nick Stallings enjoyed his fifth consecutive game scoring more than 20 points, leading all scorers with a game-high 22 points for Centenary. He also led the Gents with eight rebounds, while Tim Price added seven boards in 17 minutes of action. Tyrone Hamilton had 16 points, converting on all three of his 3-point attempts, and Lance Hill and Chase Adams each added nine for the Gents.


Kai Williams and Ben Beran each tallied double doubles for South Dakota State in the loss. Williams scored 15 points to go with 13 rebounds and Beran netted 12 points in addition to his 13 boards.