Gents Battle, Fall to Baylor 90 to 55
Tuesday, November 18, 2008

WACO, Texas—The Centenary men’s basketball team found itself battling on hardwood against a highly competitive Baylor team on Tuesday afternoon live on ESPN. Where gold and green filtered through the Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas, the Gents weren’t able to overcome an early deficit falling 90-55 to the Bears.

 

Centenary struggled to defend a 64.6 percent shooting afternoon by Baylor (2-0) falling 0-2 this season. Answering every Gents’ shot on the day proved to be all the Bears needed to secure their second win of the season in as many games.

 

At the beginning of the first half, the Gents exchanged baskets with the Bears, but eventually fell as far as 22 behind, which proved to be too much for the Maroon and White to overcome. Baylor went on an impressive 14-0 run in the middle of the first half, which was led by LaceDarius Dunn, who contributed 10 of those 14 points.

 

In the first half, the Gents were led by senior guard Nick Stallings with seven points while Chase Adams and Daman Starring each had five. Baylor’s 61 percent from the field in the opening half of the game was mainly due to Dunn’s 15 points. The Green and Gold from Waco were also able to take advantage of eight second chance points, while Centenary had none allowing Baylor to leave the hardwood with a 42-20 lead at the half.

 

Coming into the second half of the game, the Gents had to not only improve the shooting from a 29.2 percent first half performance, but defend the ever-so large inside men that Baylor had to offer in order to come within a reasonable margin. Two shots were made to begin the second half, each from beyond the arch by Centenary’s Adams and Baylor’s Dunn, but even that exchange wasn’t enough to defend 21 points provided by Centenary’s 13 turnovers.

 

With overpowering size, the Bears challenged the Gents with 36 points in the paint compared to Centenary’s 16. The Gents allowed the Bears to take advantage of their 24 team fouls knocking down 18-of-27 from the charity stripe on the day.

 

Centenary was only able to place two Gents in double figure scoring, while Baylor had five.  Leading Centenary for the afternoon was Adams with 12, Starring had nine, while Anthony Gatlin had eight. Baylor was led offensively by Jerrell’s 20 and Dunn’s 18. Baylor out rebounded the Gents 37 to 27 on the day.

 

The Gents will be back in action at the LSU Classic as they face Troy University at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday and Northwestern State at 4:00 pm. on Friday. All action can be heard locally on KSCL 91.3 or viewed as live stats on GoCentenary.com.