NDSU Takes 68-53 Win Over Gents
Saturday, December 6, 2008

FARGO, N.D.— The Centenary men’s basketball team battled to the end against NDSU, but eventually fell 68-53 in Summit League action on Saturday night in chilly North Dakota. With this loss, the Gents fall 0-2 in league play.

 

Centenary (2-8, 0-2 Summit) never let down as it faced the competitive Bison from North Dakota State. Coming within three points several times in the game, the Gents couldn’t manage to sink open treys to take a later lead.

 

In the first half, NDSU (4-2, 2-0 Summit) opened the game with a jumper, but 20 seconds later, guard Travis Hill responded with one of his own, in his first start of his career for the Gents. Centenary used a 5-0 run in the early minutes to keep the game within reach posting its largest lead of the half at three, 7-4.

 

A back-and-forth strong opening half for the Gents was needed, as they shot 40.1 percent (9-of-22) from the floor, but NDSU’s 51.5 percent (14-of-27) gave them the advantage heading into halftime leading 33-24. Centenary was led in the half by guard Nick Stallings with eight points, while Hill and Chase Adams added four apiece.

 

Playing NDSU close in the first 20 minutes, Centenary allowed the Bison to hit an early jumper, but again, at the 17:53 mark, Hill hit his second shot of the night, a three pointer, to bring the game back within eight. NDSU’s Brett Winkelman’s layup at the 15:52 mark was the only shot made in nearly three minutes of play for either team.

 

Centenary’s Nakwaasah and freshman David Perez hit back-to-back treys with about 13 minutes remaining to bring the Gents within three, but a few missed shots and turnovers by the Maroon and White allowed the Bison to take control once again, pulling ahead by seven with 7:34 remaining.

 

Sophomore Anthony Gatlin, off the bench, sparked Centenary’s offense after a Bison run, when he nailed two treys of his own in two consecutive Gent possessions. Though, an 8-0 run by the Bison with less than two minutes remaining proved to be all they needed to down the Gents. Ben Woodside sunk 4-of-4 from the charity stripe in the last two minutes of play.

 

For the night, Centenary had nine players in the scoring column, led by Stallings with 11 points and Adams with 10 points, five rebounds, six assists, and five steals. Nakwaasah and Hill posted a career-high eight points and seven points, respectively, while Gatlin added six. Other scores for the Gents were Brandon Harris with four, Perez with three, and Jerrald Bonham and Roman Tubner with two.

 

NDSU’s Winkelman posted a game-high 26 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Bison and Preseason Summit League Player of the Year, Ben Woodside added 18 of his own, while Mike Nelson had 10.

 

The Gents shot 34.1 percent (18-of-52) on the game and NDSU shot 45.3 percent (26-of-57). Both teams shot 60.0 percent from the charity stripe, where Centenary connected 6-of-10 and the Bison made 10-of-17. NDSU’s 46 rebounds to Centenary’s 27 allowed for 15 second chance points compared to the Gents’ seven.

 

Centenary will have a few days off before playing I-20 in-state rival Louisiana Tech in non-conference play next Saturday at the CenturyTel Center in Bossier City with a 7 p.m. tip off. This game can be heard locally on KSCL 91.3 FM, as well as on GoCentenary.com.