Gents Open Play in Summit League Tournament
Friday, March 7, 2008

TULSA, Okla.—The Centenary men’s basketball team begins its journey towards its first Summit League tournament title on Saturday when it faces Oral Roberts in the first round of The Summit League Basketball Championships presented by J.D. Young. The eighth-seeded Gents look to take down the top-seeded Golden Eagles in front of their hometown fan base.

 

The game, scheduled to tip at 6 p.m. on Saturday, will be the second Centenary game of the day as the Ladies will have already played Oakland in the women’s bracket at noon.

 

Centenary (10-20) is coming off of a 69-64 victory over South Dakota State on the road to end the regular season on a high note. Nick Stallings, who was named an honorable mention member of the All-Summit League team along with teammate Tyrone Hamilton, has been playing very well of late. The junior has scored 20 points or more in each of his last five games, which included a career-high 35 points against Southern Utah. He leads the Gents in scoring at 16.3 points per game and is also tops in rebounding at five boards per game.

 

Fellow juniors Hamilton and Lance Hill are also scoring in double figures on the year. Hamilton is just behind Stallings at 16.1 points per game, while Hill is tossing in 11 points per outing.

 

Oral Roberts (21-8) lost its final game of the regular season at North Dakota State. The loss was only the second in conference play for the Golden Eagles (16-2), who captured their fourth straight regular season title last weekend.

 

Oral Roberts placed several players on the all-conference teams, headlined by first team selection Robert Jarvis. Jarvis, also chosen as the Sixth Man of the Year, is posting more than 16 points per game. Head coach Scott Sutton was tabbed the Coach of the Year and Yemi Ogunyoe was selected as Defensive Player of the Year.

 

The Golden Eagles defeated the Gents in both regular season meetings between the clubs this season. ORU needed overtime to defeat Centenary in Shreveport and then beat the Gents 73-62 in Tulsa.

 

Centenary is 0-2 in its previous two appearances in The Summit League tournament, losing to Chicago State as the fourth seed in 2004 and falling to Oral Roberts as the eighth seed last season.

 

The game between the Gents and Golden Eagles can be viewed for a fee through The Summit League website (www.TheSummitLeague.org) or can be heard on the radio in Shreveport-Bossier on KSCL 91.3 FM. Fans can also listen to live streaming audio through the official website of Centenary Athletics, www.GoCentenary.com.