Shooting Dooms Gents, NSU Takes 69-66 Win
Friday, November 21, 2008

BATON ROUGE, La—In the first of two I-49 rivalry games this season, Centenary and Northwestern State met in Baton Rouge on the campus of LSU for the second day of the LSU Classic on Friday. The old foes played another close contest, but the Gents eventually fell to the Demons, 69-66.

 

Centenary (1-3) had the chance to take over the game, but 2-of-8 from the line near the end of regulation and a poor 37.5 shooting percentage on the game proved to be all Northwestern State (2-1) needed to drop the Gents to 1-3 on the season.

 

The only time the Gents managed to put pressure on the Demons in the first half was with 12:52 remaining when senior Nick Stallings knocked down a three pointer to tie the game at 12 apiece. The Maroon and White never led as NSU used 14-of-30 (46.4 percent) from the floor compared to Centenary’s 9-of-26 (34.1 percent) in the opening frame. The Demons led at half 36-26 over the Gents.

 

Down by 10, the Gents responded in the opening of the second half when Stallings nailed two free throws. A layup by Adams and two more Stallings’ free throws, along with a Redus’ three pointer and two free shots by Jerrald Bonham brought the Gents within four.

 

In this half of play, Centenary was able to finally take a 50-49 lead near the eight minute mark when Redus’ jumper sunk net. Four consecutive missed Demon free throws allowed the Gents to hang onto a very slight lead, though both NSU and Centenary couldn’t find the shooting touch from the line on the night. Below average, Centenary could only manage to hit 19-of-30 (63.6 %) from the charity stripe, while the Demons’14-of-26 (53.5 percent) wasn’t any better.

 

With 4:30 remaining, NSU took a 57-55 lead, securing it until an Adams’ trey with four seconds left made it interesting bringing the Gents within one; but a long pass and a layup by NSU sealed the game in its favor, 69-66.

 

Four Gents scored in double figures, but even that proved to be not enough. Adams led the way offensively with a game-high 20 points and five assists and Redus added 17 in the effort. Stallings contributed with his first double-double on the year knocking down 16 points and 12 rebounds. Also in the scoring category were Gatlin with nine and Bonham with four.

 

Centenary was out rebounded on the game, 44 to 34, as NSU used 10 blocked shots and 27 points off the bench to out play the Gents in a heated in-state rivalry.

 

The Demons were led by Michael McConathy with 17 and Dominic Knight with 15.

 

Centenary will take two days off in order to travel to Wichita, Kansas on Monday to take on Wichita State. Tip off is slated for a 7:05 p.m. start against the WSU Shockers.

 

On the road coverage can be heard locally on KSCL 91.3 FM or viewed as live stats on www.goshockers.com.