Offense Sputters, but Gents Win
Saturday, November 29, 2008

BATON ROUGE, La. – Behind a trio of double digit scorers, the Centenary men’s basketball team rallied late in the second half to defeat Alcorn State, 64-51.

 

The Braves (0-6) were spotted a 17 point lead near the half way point of the first period, but the Gents fought back. Sophomore Anthony Gatlin’s jumper helped jump start a 7-0 run for Centenary to get the game within 10.

 

However, it didn’t last, as ASU answered back with a 10-0 run to go up 20 with 3:33 left in the opening half. Centenary (2-5) though didn’t give up, as the Gents closed the half on a 13-4 run, which was started by freshman David Perez’s 3-point bucket.

 

Centenary was 10-of-29 from the field in the first half, while its defense allowed Alcorn to shoot a blistering 45 percent (14-for-31). The Braves less than stellar 3-point shooting kept the Gents the game, as ASU shot just 3-of-11 from beyond the arc.  

 

To open the second half, both squads exchanged a series buckets, but Centenary was finally able to pull away for good on a 14-2 run. The Gents’ run was ignited by a pair of junior Chase Adams free throws near the 15 minute mark.

 

Centenary went up by nine with 7:25 remaining, but Alcorn got its deficit down by five two minutes later. The Gents were able to close the door on ASU, after senior Nick Stallings hit the back end of two free throws.

 

After the shaky defensive effort in the first period, Centenary put the clamp down on the Braves during the second half. The Gents held ASU to 18 percent (5-of-27) from the field, zero percent from long range (0-for-2), which was good for just 11 points.

 

Offensively, Stallings led the way with a game-high 19 points, while Gatlin and Perez also scored in double figures with 15 and 12 respectively. Gatlin also cleaned up the glass, as he grabbed team-best nine rebounds, while Stallings and Adams pulled down eight each.

 

The road warriors will be back in action at I-49 rival Northwestern State Monday at 7:45 p.m., and the game can be heard on 91.3 KSCL and www.GoCentenary.com.