Gents Miss Late Scoring Opportunities
Saturday, March 7, 2009

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – A big 38-17 second half run and a season-high 26 points from junior Chase Adams nearly helped to pull off an upset of the top seeded North Dakota State Bison, but in the end it wasn’t enough as the Gents fell 83-77.

First team all-conference honoree Brett Winkelman played to his recognition early by scoring eight points. Centenary, meanwhile, couldn’t find its early shot, connecting on only 2-of-5 from the field.

Midway through the half, the Gents had only three rebounds, while NDSU grabbed 10 boards, which includes three offensive rebounds. Centenary also continued to have problems containing the Bison offense, as they were shooting a blistering 63 percent.

The Gents got the game within 12 in the closing minutes, but NDSU finished the first period on an 8-0 run to go up 48-29 at the break.

Centenary opened the second 20 minutes on fire shooting 83 percent from the field with conference Defensive Player of the Year Adams scoring 17 points in 13 minutes. The Gents also found a defense that cooled NDSU, as the Bison shot just 27 percent early on.

After Adams scored on a lay-up with 4:33 left, Centenary seemed to have gained all the momentum. But after two made free throws by Michael Tveidt, the Bison wouldn’t trail anymore.

A 14-7 NDSU run in the final 3:32 sealed the victory, as the Bison scored their final points all on free throws.

For the game, senior Nick Stallings scored 23 points, while sophomore Gary Redus II  and freshman David Perez tallied 10 points each. For NDSU, Winkelman had a game-high 30 points, with Ben Woodside chipping in 23 and Mike Nelson adding 12 points.