Gents Rally Late, Fall to Texas Tech, 67-53
Tuesday, December 23, 2008

LUBBOCK, Tex.—Centenary’s Chase Adams scored a game-high 23 points knocking down 4-of-5 from behind the arch against Texas Tech in non-conference action. The Gents fell to the Red Raiders, 67-53 on Tuesday evening despite a late game comeback.


Centenary (2-11) struggled to find the bottom of the net in most of the game, allowing strong defense and inside play by Texas Tech (9-3) to take control. With this loss, the Gents drop their sixth straight road game and third to a Big 12 opponent this season.


The Maroon and White struggled to get good looks at the basket early in the first half, as the Red Raiders took a quick lead and never looked back. Tech took a 5-0 advantage before Centenary could knock down its first shot at 17:29 when Adams’ lay up sunk net.


Once the Gents got on board, the Red Raiders denied them any opportunity as they went on an 11-minute, 13-0 run. A lay up by Nick Stallings ended the run to make it 18-4. Two Adams’ treys and a Stallings’ dunk got the Gents within 10 with four minutes remaining.


Centenary played the entire opening 20 minutes without shooting a free throw, allowing Tech to connect on 8-of 12. Five blocks and 10 points off turnovers gave the Red Raiders an early halftime lead of 35-14.


The Gents shot a low 20 percent (6-of-30) from the floor, while the Red Raiders knocked down 12-of-26 for a 46 percent effort. In the half, Centenary was led by Adams with eight and Stallings with six, while John Roberson led Texas Tech with 10.


Moving into the second half, the shooting woes continued for the Gents when the Red Raiders opened with a 6-0 run, not allowing Centenary to score until three minutes in on a Jerrald Bonham lay up.


Centenary trailed by as many as 27 in the second half alone, but battled its way back on a 15-8 run near the 10 minute mark to narrow Tech’s lead to 55-36 when Stallings’ nailed a three from deep.


The Gents didn’t let up as Adams’ knocked down a jumper and a lay up in consecutive possessions to trim the Red Raiders’ offensive attack to 19 with 5:53 remaining. Stallings, Gary Redus II and Bonham were able to contribute to the late game rally on a two lay ups and a jumper, along with a free throw to bring the Gents within 17.


Adams’ final shot to rally the Gents to a 14-point loss was a lay up, along with a Tech foul, allowing him to make it a three-point play.


Centenary managed to hold Texas Tech, the Big 12 leader in scoring, to only 67 points, compared to their 87.8 ppg. Though, this defense couldn’t outweigh the low scoring first half by the Gents.


As a team, Centenary shot 33.3 percent (21-of-63) and pulled down 39 rebounds, but couldn’t overcome Texas Tech’s 46.3 percent (25-of-54) from the floor and 41 rebounds.


Behind Adams’ 23 points and six rebounds was Stallings with 14. Robert Lewandowski led the Red Raiders with 13 points and five blocks, while Roberson chipped in with 12 and seven assists.


The Gents will take a few days off for the holiday break before heading to Missouri to face the Tigers of the Big 12 on Tuesday, Dec. 30 for a 7 p.m. tip-off. Following that game, Centenary will head to Oral Roberts for Summit League action on Friday, Jan. 2 at 7:05 p.m.