Gents Welcome IPFW to the Gold Dome
Friday, January 9, 2009

SHREVEPORT—After a home opening win over Oakland on Thursday evening, the Centenary men’s basketball team will look to build momentum as it host IPFW on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. for its second Summit League home game.

 

Centenary (3-13, 1-3 Summit) welcomes IPFW to the Gold Dome after winning its 11th straight home opener, 80-60 over the Golden Grizzlies. That win ended an eight game road skid and posted the first Summit League win for head coach Greg Gary of his career.

 

The Gents found it hard to miss the bottom of the net, shooting an above average 52.5 percent (32-of-61) on the night and holding an offensive-threat Oakland team to a low 33.3 percent (19-of-57). Three pointers seemed to be a boost for the Centenary offense, as they connected on 11-of-19 on the game. Nick Stallings’s 26 points (11-of-20) led the Gents, while Chase Adams, off the bench scored 17 points and dished out seven assists. Gary Redus II chipped in with 14 and Maxx Nakwaasah had a season-best 10 points in the win.

 

Heading into this match up with IPFW, Centenary is averaging just over 61 points a game and pulling down 31.0 rebounds each outing. Led by Stallings with 17.6 points a contest, good for fifth in The Summit League in scoring and 6.5 rebounds a game, this Houston, Texas native takes over the 28th spot in all-time scoring with 1,037 in his career.

 

Adams comes into this game second on the team in scoring with 14.0 a game, while swiping 4.9 boards each contest. This junior guard continues to sit atop the league in steals with 2.4 a game, while dishing out 4.4 assists each game. Redus also has been a factor of late, chipping in with 9.8 points a game for the Gents.

 

IPFW (6-10, 1-4 Summit) is coming off a 27-point loss to Preseason Summit League favorite, Oral Roberts, 73-46, in Tulsa, Okla., on Thursday evening. In this loss, the Mastodons didn’t have one player score in double figures, as Ben Botts led with eight points.

 

On the season, IPFW’s David Carson and last week’s Summit League Player of the Week averages 14.4 points a game, while Botts chips in with 10.4 a contest. Deilvez Yearby contributes to the Mastodon team with 28 blocked shots on the season, which currently leads The Summit League and a team-best 6.8 rebounds a game.

 

IPFW is posting similar numbers to Centenary, averaging just over 62 points a game and pulling down only 32.2 rebounds each contest. Both teams have played Summit League opponents, North Dakota St., South Dakota St., and Oral Roberts, thus far. The Gents dropped all three of their league games to these teams, while IPFW took a 100-66 win over SDSU last week.

 

Entering this game, IPFW has a slight 3-1 all-time advantage over Centenary since 2002. Though only two of the four games have been apart of The Summit League, each coming last season when the Mastodons joined the Gents in the newly named conference. In those two match ups, IPFW won both, the most recent in the Gold Dome, 65-44, on Feb. 7, where Lance Hill led Centenary with 14 points and Carson had 15 points and 10 rebounds for IPFW.

 

This game will be one of two games played Saturday, as the Ladies take on IPFW at 12 p.m. For complete game coverage, tune into KSCL 91.3 FM or log onto www.GoCentenary.com for live action.

 

Following this game, the Gents will be back on the road to face Western Illinois on Thursday and IUPUI on Saturday, each with a 7 p.m. tip off.