Gents Sink Shots, Win First of the Season
Thursday, November 20, 2008

BATON ROUGE, La—The Centenary men’s basketball team secured its first win of the season in a thrilling 81-77 win over Troy University in the LSU Classic on Thursday evening. Senior guard Nick Stallings paced the Gents with an impressive 31 points, seven rebounds, and five assists.

 

Centenary (1-2) was able to use a 53.7 shooting percentage on the game to provide head coach Greg Gary with his first win after taking over the Gents this season. The Maroon and White trailed Troy (0-3) at half by only one, 40-41, but with strong defense and lights out shooting, Centenary was able to take control of the second half.

 

In the first half, the Gents trailed 0-5 until Stallings’ two jumpers brought the Gents within three. Centenary’s closest shot at taking a lead in the first half was when freshman Daman Starring knocked down a three tying the game at 40 with 1:24 left before halftime. Both the Gents and Trojans were shooting above average as each shot over 50 percent in the opening frame.

 

With an ironic 0-of-0 at the charity stripe in the half, Centenary used six treys from behind the arch to keep the game within reach, while Troy garnered 4-of-6 from the line and three treys.

 

A back-and-forth battle was evident as the Gents used 41 second half points compared to the Trojans’ 36 to take the game. The half led off with an Anthony Gatlin free throw, the first attempt on the night for the Gents, making the game even at 41. Through the second half, an exchange in baskets allowed the Gents to finally take a lead, 46-45, on Stallings’ free throw with 15:46 remaining in the game.

 

Centenary was able to use an 85.1 percent (12-of-14) from the line in the second half as well as 52 percent from the field to extend a lead late in the game. Down by two with 1:50 remaining, junior forward Jerrald Bonham knocked down his only jumper of the night to tie the game at 75 apiece. Clutch free throws by Stallings, Gary Redus, and Chase Adams sealed the deal as Centenary took a convincing late-game lead, 81-77, which proved to be all the Gents needed for their first win of the season.

 

Behind Stallings’ 31 points was Redus with a career-high 21 points, five rebounds, two steals, two blocked shots, and two assists off the bench. Also contributing for the Gents was Gatlin with 10 points, a career-high three blocks, along with Adams’ eight points, six assists, and four rebounds. Starring chipped in with seven points and four assists, while Brandon Harris and Bonham added two.

 

The Troy Trojans were led offensively by Richard Delk‘s 23 points and Tom Jervis’ 18.

 

The Gents will be back in action tomorrow afternoon at 4 p.m. as they take on I-49 rival Northwestern State in the LSU Classic. Following that game, the Gents will head to Wichita, Kansas to face Wichita State on Monday.

 

To stay in touch with the Gents as they battle to even their record against NSU, tune to KSCL 91.3 FM or log onto www.lsusports.net for live stats.