Greg Gary Era Begins Saturday
Friday, November 14, 2008

SHREVEPORT – The new era of Centenary men’s basketball will get under way on Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. at Mississippi State. The Gents go into the game with six returnees, which includes all-conference honoree Nick Stallings and Chase Adams, who is 90 assists from cracking into the top 10 all-time in assists.


Centenary ended last season in the first round of The Summit League Championship, falling to eventual NCAA Tournament participant, Oral Roberts. In that game, the Gents were led by Lance Hill, who scored 17 points. However, Centenary was haunted by a bad shooting night, as it connected on just 18-of-54 from the field.


Aforementioned Stallings averaged 15.9 points per game, while Hill and Adams followed with 11.7 and 8.2 points a game. Adams led the Gents in assists (146) and steals (75) and along with Stallings were the only members of the team to log over 1,000 minutes 


This will also be the first official game for the Gents; they did not play any exhibition games, while MSU played twice. The Bulldogs, meanwhile, played Montevallo and Oklahoma City and were able to beat both teams.


This will not be the first time Centenary and MSU have locked horns, they have met five times since 1989. The last time the Gents and Bulldogs met was in 1999, when Ronnie McCollum 17 points in the 59-54 loss.  


Last season MSU nearly knocked off Memphis in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, falling, 77-74, to the Tigers. In that game the Bulldogs had two get a double-double, Jamont Gordon and Charles Rhodes.


The Bulldogs return 10 from last season, but they are a young team with only four upper classmen with Division I playing experience. MSU also adds six student-athletes to its roster, two transfers and four high school students.


Following Saturday’s game the road worries will be back on the court Tuesday afternoon at 3 p.m. against Baylor on ESPN.