Top Seed ORU Ends Gents Season
Saturday, March 8, 2008

TULSA, Okla.—The Centenary men’s basketball team had a tough task at hand on Saturday as it faced top seeded Oral Roberts in its hometown in the first round of The Summit League Basketball Championship presented by J.D. Young. The Gents were unable to stop the regular season champs, losing 84-56 on Saturday evening.


In a very physical first half of play, Centenary struggled in the early going to find its shooting touch. Jerrald Bonham scored in the first minute on a putback, but the Gents did not sink another bucket until Tyrone Hamilton’s 3-pointer seven minutes into the contest. Centenary went just 2-for-14 from the field until Hamilton drained another trifecta with 6:55 remaining in the half.


Meanwhile, Oral Roberts continued to use its inside-outside game effectively. Shawn King and Marcus Lewis provided the punch from in the paint, combining to score 11 points in the opening stanza. On the perimeter, Moses Ehambe connected on 5-of-9 long distance shots for 15 points.


Despite the shooting woes and being out-rebounded 20-9 in the first 20 minutes of action, Centenary trailed only by 10 points in the closing seconds before the intermission. ORU’s Adam Liberty banked a shot off the glass from the right side of the lane with four seconds left to stake the Golden Eagles to a 36-24 lead at the break.


Oral Roberts really began to pull away in the second half as the torrid shooting from Ehambe continued. He sank three more treys, including a rare four-point play to extend the Golden Eagles’ lead to 25. ORU shot 61 percent from the floor over the final period as the hometown team sailed to the victory.


Ehambe finished with a game-high 27 points and eight 3-pointers. Andre Hardy and King added 18 points and 14 points respectively in the victory. First team All-Summit League selection Robert Jarvis did not play for the Golden Eagles. He is recovering from an ankle injury.


For the Gents, Lance Hill scored 17 points in the losing effort, while Hamilton tallied 13 points. Tulsa natives Justin Glenn and Jamere King did not play for Centenary. Both have missed several games due to injury.