Gents Struggle in Second Half, Lose on Road 65-44 to WSU
Monday, November 24, 2008

WICHITA, Kan.—The Centenary men’s basketball team was handed its fourth loss of the season in a road contest against the Shockers from Wichita State University. WSU handed the Gents a 65-44 loss on Monday night in Wichita, Kansas.

 

Centenary (1-4) shot just 31.5 percent for the night, including 27.3 from the three point line in dropping its second consecutive contest of the week to an offensively balanced Wichita State team (2-1).

 

The Gents only managed to put up 8-of-25 from the floor in the first half as the Shockers netted 11-of-26. WSU outrebounded Centenary, 22 to 10, which resulted in eight second chance points, compared to the Gents’ zero. Centenary trailed Wichita State at the half, 24-20.

 

The Maroon and White struggled to score during the opening frame when nearly seven minutes passed from the first jumper made of the game by junior Jerrald Bonham at 18:11 to senior Nick Stallings’ layup at 11:21 left until halftime.

 

In the first half, Centenary was led by Stallings with eight points and three rebounds and sophomore Anthony Gatlin with five points and three rebounds. Garrett Stutz’s 15 points led the way offensively for the Shockers in the half.

 

Down by only four, entering the second half of play, the Shockers were able to put up a 20-2 run on the Gents, while holding the Centenary to only seven shots during that time.

 

Centenary’s 7-of-23 from the floor was overshadowed by the sizzling 15-of-23 Wichita State managed to make during the second half. The Shockers found a way to put up an impressive 100 percent (7-of-7) from the charity stripe, while the Gents 87.5 percent was above average.

 

Junior Chase Adams’ 13 points in the second half wasn’t enough to overcome both poor shooting and rebounding by the Gents on the night. Freshman David Perez was able to contribute with a four-of-four effort at the line for Centenary, but again, the Gents were out rebounded 23 to 11 just in the last frame of the game.

 

Centenary was led offensively by Adams with 13 points, Stallings with 10, and Perez with a career-high seven points off the bench. Gatlin contributed with five points and six rebounds, while Travis Hill, Brandon Harris, Roman Tubner, and Bonham each had two.

 

Wichita State placed two Shockers in double figures, Stutz with a game-high 22 points, a 10-of-13 effort from the floor and Toure Murry with 15 points.

 

Centenary will take to the court after the holiday break where they will meet LSU and Alcorn State in Baton Rouge for the second consecutive weekend of the LSU Men’s Classic. The Gents will face LSU on Friday at 7 p.m. and Alcorn State on Saturday at 7 p.m. All games can be heard locally on KSCL 91.3 FM or viewed as live stats on www.lsusports.net.