Rival Tech Too Much for Gents in 77-71 Loss
Saturday, December 13, 2008

BOSSIER CITY, La.—Late game heroics weren’t in store for the Centenary men’s basketball team, as they fell to I-20 rival Louisiana Tech, 77-71 in non-conference action on Saturday evening at the CenturyTel Center.

Centenary (2-9) struggled to finish strong against the Bulldogs as it allowed size to dominate the Louisiana Tech (5-4) offense with 22 points in the paint and 12 second chance points. Tech also managed to put up 23 points from its bench, 22 of which came from Jamel Guyton’s sharp shooting.

In the opening 20 minutes of play, the Gents and Bulldogs went back-and-forth, but near the 11 minute mark, Centenary managed to go on a 7-1 run to go up 10-9. The run was helped by junior Chase Adams and sophomore Anthony Gatlin, who hit consecutive jumpers, while freshman David Perez hit from behind the arch.

Responding in Bulldog fashion, Tech went on its own 11-2 run to help propel its 31-26 halftime lead. Size seemed to play the difference in the half when the Gents pulled down only 12 rebounds to the Bulldog’s 20. However, the Gents found a way to combat the size and knock down 11 first half points off of 10 Bulldog turnovers.

Leading the way for Centenary was senior Nick Stallings with eight points and four rebounds, while Gary Redus II added seven in the opening frame. For the Bulldogs, Kyle Gibson and David Jackson each contributed with eight.

Trailing by five at the half, the Gents got within one, its smallest deficit of the half with 15 minutes remaining on an 8-0 run off of a Stallings and Gatlin three, along with a block and layup by junior Jerrald Bonham.

But again, Tech was able to put a 7-0 run together to stretch its lead to nine--the largest of the night for the Bulldogs. The Gents' guards then responded off of a jumper by Stallings and a lay up by Adams, which brought Centenary back within five, 49-44.

From then on, Centenary used clutch free throws by Redus and Adams to stay within reach. The Gents took a one point lead (59-58) when Adams nailed a three. Stallings had a chance to tie the game with 2:46 remaining on three free throws, but his third one couldn't find the bottom of the net.

Centenary shot 40.7 percent (24-of-59) on the night, pulling down a game-low 24 rebounds, where Louisiana Tech shot a consistent 46.9 percent (23-of-49) and pulled down 43 rebounds. The Bulldogs shot lights out from behind the arch making 7-of-14, while the Gents were only 7-of-23.

For the Gents, Stallings had a game-high 25 points, while Redus added 18 and Gatlin had 11. Louisiana Tech’s offense, meanwhile, was led by Guyton, who came off the bench with 22 and Gibson with 20.

Centenary’s next game will be Saturday, Dec. 20, when it travels to Manhattan, Kan., to take on Kansas State at 1 p.m. Following Saturday’s game, the Gents will then travel to Texas Tech on Tuesday, Dec. 23, to take on the Red Raiders at 7 p.m. Both games can be heard on 91.3 KSCL and www.GoCentenary.com.