Gents Lose Season Opener to Mississippi State
Saturday, November 15, 2008

STARKVILLE, Miss. — The Centenary men’s basketball team struggled to find its shooting touch, as Mississippi State handed the Gents a season-opening 77-55 loss on Saturday afternoon.


Centenary (0-1) could not find momentum against a very strong defensive team of MSU (1-0) shooting only 30 percent (20-of-65) on the afternoon compared to the Bulldogs’ 46 percent (27-of-58), as MSU connected on 42 second half points.


The Gents were led offensively by senior Nick Stallings and junior Chase Adams, who scored 16 and 15 points respectively. Stallings also had seven rebounds, while sophomore Anthony Gatlin tallied seven boards as well.  


The Bulldogs took an early 7-0 lead and never looked back. The Gents, meanwhile, finally got on board when Adams sank two free throws and a three-point field goal to narrow the lead at 8-5. Offensively, in the first half, the Gents struggled to sink shots shooting only 22.4 percent compared to the Bulldog’s 36 percent.  


Through the first half, the Bulldogs were able to connect on 11 points off of Centenary’s 12 turnovers. The Gents, however, battled staying within 14 to end the half at 34-20. Adams connected nine of Centenary’s 20 points with a three-for-three effort at the charity stripe along with two-for-three from downtown.


Moving into the second half, MSU scored early on three-point field goal, but senior guard Nick Stallings responded back with one of his own. Though, with a continuous exchange of made points, the Gents weren’t able to come close enough to narrow the Bulldog’s early lead.


Gatlin, Stallings, and Adams all were able to connect on treys late in the game, but with the sharp shooting of MSU, it proved to not be enough to secure a win.


The Bulldogs used strong defense and an impressive second half of shooting to pull away with their first win of the season. MSU was led by Ravern Johnson and Barry Stewart, who scored 15 and 13 points each.


Centenary will take to the court again on Tuesday afternoon at 3 p.m. on ESPN when it travels to Waco, Texas, to face Baylor.