Gents Square Off Against Big 12 Missouri
Monday, December 29, 2008

SHREVEPORT—The holidays are over for the Centenary men’s basketball team as it prepares for a week-long road trip, making its first stop in Missouri to face the Tigers of the Big 12 on Tuesday at 7 p.m. 

Centenary (2-11) is coming off a six-game road skid as it has battled its last two games against opponents from the Big 12, Kansas State and Texas Tech. The Maroon and White hope to rebound their way back with a win before heading into Summit League play on Friday.

The Gents last meeting on the hardwood was a week ago when Texas Tech handed them a 67-53 loss in Lubbock, Tex. In that game, junior Chase Adams poured in a season-high 23 points and pulled down six rebounds, while senior teammate Nick Stallings added 14 points in the loss.

Stallings continues to shoot his way into the record books bringing his season average to 17. 1 ppg, while Adams’ performance against Texas Tech improved his average to 14.0 ppg. Both Stallings and Adams combine to score more than 50 percent of Centenary’s points per game (61.0). And even as guards, they each pull down a team-best 6.4 and 4.8 rebounds per contest, respectively.

The Gents, as a team, are only managing 61.0 ppg and 30.7 rebounds per game. The struggle has been shooting as the Gents are only putting up 37.3 percent from the floor. Though, in all but one of the last six road games, Centenary has held its opponent to under 77 points, but hasn’t been able to capitalize on that, as its ability to score has remained consistently poor of late.

Missouri (10-2) heads into this game after crusing to a 107-57 win over SIU-Edwardsville on Saturday in Mizzou Arena. Six Tigers scored in double figures led by Missouri’s sharp shooter DeMarre Carroll with 21 points and 10 rebounds.

For the season, Missouri is led by Carroll’s 16.9 ppg and 7.0 rebounds and Leo Lyons’ 16.3 ppg and 6.7 rebounds per contest. The Tigers are familiar with The Summit League as they faced Oral Roberts on Nov. 30 this season taking a 92-83 win over the Golden Eagles in that game.

Missouri have been putting up good numbers of late, bringing their team scoring average to 85.8 ppg, while shooting 47.8 from the floor and pulling down over 40 rebounds a game.

Centenary hasn’t met Missouri on the hardwood since 2003, where none of the current players were in college at the time. The Tigers hosted that game and took an 88-58 win over the Gents. Not much all-time action occurs between the two teams, but as of now, Missouri holds a 3-0 record over the Centenary from 1986-2003.

This game can be heard locally on KSCL 91.3 FM or for all live action.

Following this game, the Gents will hit their second and final stop of the week when they arrive in Tulsa, Okla., to face Summit League foe, Oral Roberts on Friday at 7:05 p.m.