Stallings's Reaches 1,000 Point Club, Gents Fall to ORU 82-59
Friday, January 2, 2009

TULSA, Okla.—A Summit League battle between Centenary and Oral Roberts ended in favor of the Golden Eagles, 82-59 on Friday evening at Mabee Center, despite a better second half shooting performance by the Gents.

Senior Nick Stallings became the 29th Gent all-time to join the 1,000 Point Club on his second made shot of the game. With this accomplishment, he enters the record books in scoring for Centenary (2-13, 0-3 Summit), leading the Gents with 16 on the night, bringing his total to 1,011 in his third year and final year as a Gent.

A jumper by Lance Hill only 40 seconds in opened the game for the Gents, but the Golden Eagles responded quickly with five straight points by Robert Jarvis. Chase Adams’s lay up near the 11-minute mark ended an ORU (4-11, 2-1 Summit) 8-0 run, making it 21-8 in favor of the Golden Eagles.

Stallings hit his second three of the night on the next possession, which put him in the record books in scoring with 1,001. Following, Adams connected on a lay up and jumper late in the half, but the dominant ORU inside game, managed to go on an 11-0 run leaving Centenary trailing, 39-17, its largest deficit of the night heading into halftime.

In the half, Centenary was led by Stallings’s eight points and Adams’s six, while Marcus Lewis and Robert Jarvis each had eight for ORU. The Gents, again couldn’t find the net, shooting only 23.3 percent (7-of-30) from the floor, compared to the Golden Eagles’ 39.4 percent (13-of-33).

In the opening half, ORU out rebounded Centenary, 27-19 and connected on 14-second chance points. The Golden Eagles also shot 16 free throws (62.5 percent), while Jerrald Bonham connected on one of Centenary’s two for the half.

The Gents entered the second half down by 22, but came out shooting with a long jumper by Hill, a three by Adams, and consecutive possession treys by Hill for his eighth point of the second half alone in under five minutes.

Help off the Centenary bench sparked some offense for the Gents, when Roman Tubner and Maxx Nakwaasah entered the half with limited time early in the game, hitting several big shots, along with a Gary Redus II make from deep, to narrow the deficit to 13 (55-42), the closest the Gents would get late in the game, with 9:44 remaining.

ORU was able to magnify their lead on a 9-0 run, all shots inside the paint, with only four minutes left. Stallings finally ended its run with his third three pointer of the game and Adams’s jumper narrowed it to 20, 71-51. Even with four made free throws by Stallings and Redus late in the game, ORU was able to connect on a three point play to end the game, 82-59.

ORU’s dominated the lane with 40 points in the paint, compared to Centenary’s eight. As a team, the Golden Eagles shot 49.2 percent (29-of-59) from the floor and pulled down 48 rebounds. Centenary, however shot 28.6 percent (18-of-63) and pulled down only 36 off the glass. The Golden Eagles also had 30 points off the bench on the game. Though, Centenary shot 14-of-17 from the charity stripe, ORU connected on 20-of-34 on the night. 

Behind Stallings for Centenary was Hill with 12 and Adams with 11 points and eight rebounds, while Kevin Ford led ORU with 14 points and 12 rebounds.

The Gents’ next game will mark the first home game this season when they host Summit League opponent, Oakland on Thursday, Jan. 8 at 7 p.m. in the newly renovated Gold Dome.