Missouri Tigers Too Strong For Gents
Tuesday, December 30, 2008

COLUMBIA, Mo.—Nick Stallings's double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds wasn’t enough to overcome a sharp shooting Missouri team, falling 80-52 in non-conference action on Tuesday evening.

Centenary (2-12) couldn’t put together a consistent offensive effort against Missouri (11-2), falling in its seventh straight road game.

The first half couldn’t begin any slower for the Gents, as they quickly fell down 8-0 on six points by Missouri’s Leo Lyons. Jerrald Bonham was able to knock down the first shot for Centenary at 16:32 on an assist by Travis Hill.

A 5-0 run in less than two minutes by the Tigers allowed them to extend their lead to an 11-point advantage (15-4) near the middle of the half. Chase Adams’s two buckets  near the 12-minute mark was Centenary’s only spark in the opening 20 minutes of play.

Stallings was finally able to get a decent look at the basket when he drove the lane for two near 11 minutes into the half. Though, the outsized Gents couldn’t put a handle on the sharp shooting Tigers. Missouri, who is the top scoring offense in the Big 12 wen up by as many as 21 with 35 seconds to play in the opening half. Stallings ended the late 7-0 Missouri run on a lay up with two seconds to make it 38-19 at halftime.

Missouri managed to sink four first half treys and shoot an impressive 55.2 percent (16-of-29) from the floor, while Centenary was 0-of-6 from deep and shot 32.0 percent (8-of-25) from the field. The Gents also ha problems holding on to the ball, as 10 turnovers contributed to 14 points for the Tigers.

Coming into the second half down by 19, Centenary picked up five early fouls and two quick turnovers allowing Missouri several extra possessions. The Tigers pressed the Gents from the start of the second half challenging them to take quick shots. 

Back-to-back lay ups by Missouri’s Carroll and Lyons near the 15-minute mark allowed the Tigers to take a 24-point lead, 48-24. Stallings responded with an open dunk of his own. With a strong lead of 26 for Missouri with 11:16 remaining, Gary Redus II drove the bucket drawing a foul and was able to knock down one of his two shots from the charity stripe. Following the free throws, Adams netted on the first three pointer of the night for the Gents, bringing them within 22. Not much later, Centenary’s offense picked up when Redus and Stallings helped put together an 8-0 run. During that run, Stallings came away with six points on two lay ups and two free throws.

Missouri’s largest lead of 30 came with only 42 seconds left on a three pointer by Jarrett Sutton. The Gents were able to score two more points on Adams’ two free shots with 11.9 remaining led to a final score of 80-52.

As a team, the Gents shot 35.4 percent (17-of-48) and pulled down 27 rebounds. Missouri shot an astounding 56.1 percent (32-of-56) from the field and managed to pull down 38 rebounds.

On the night for Centenary, Adams scored 14, while Redus added 10.  Missouri, meanwhile, was led by Matt Lawrence, who scored 18, while Carroll added 15, 10 of which were in the second half.

Centenary’s next game will be Friday, as they travel to play Oral Roberts in Summit League action with a 7:05 p.m. tip-off. For all live action tune in locally to KSCL 91.3 FM or log onto www.GoCentenary.com. Friday's game will also be available on Fox College Sports, ESPN Fullcourt, and ESPN360.com.