Road Trip Begins at Western Illinois for Gents
Wednesday, January 14, 2009

SHREVEPORT—The Centenary men’s basketball team will embark on an important road trip as it travels to face Western Illinois on Thursday at 7 p.m. in Summit League action.


Centenary (3-14, 1-4 Summit) is 0-12 on the road this season and 0-3 away from home in league play, though a successful trip to Macomb, Ill., could be all the Gents need to build their momentum through the league stretch.


The Gents meet the Leathernecks after dropping its last game to IPFW at home, as they weren’t able to pull off the win in a nail biting 68-64 finish in favor of the Mastodons last Saturday. Nick Stallings led with 18 points, while Gary Redus II added 17. Chase Adams chipped in with 15 and Jerrald Bonham pulled down a team-high six rebounds.


Several Gents have provided consistency throughout the season led by Stallings, who is averaging 17.6 points a game, good for sixth in scoring in the league. The senior guard is also pulling down a team-high 6.4 rebounds a contest. Adams chips in with 14.1 points a game and 4.8 rebounds, while Redus has played very well of late, upping his average to double figures, with 10.3 points an outing.


Western Illinois (6-10, 3-2 Summit) opened Summit League play winning its first three games, though it has dropped the last two league contests against South Dakota State and North Dakota State in this last week. In their most recent game, the Leathernecks couldn’t manage to find a way to beat league leader, NDSU, falling 81-64 on the road. In that game, David DuBois scored 24 points and Josh Rivers added 16 in the loss.


On the season, DuBois paces Western Illinois with 17.9 points and 5.8 rebounds a game. The only other Leatherneck scoring in double-figures is Rivers with 11.8 points a contest. Even after dropping its last two Summit League games, WIU sits tied for third in league standings and is a perfect 4-0 at home this season.


Centenary is averaging 61.6 points a game, which edges Western Illinois, who comes into this match up posting only 59.8 points a contest, which places them last in the league in scoring. The Gents pull down 30.8 points a game, while the Leathernecks only swipe 27.7 boards a game.


Western Illinois holds a slight advantage in the all-time series (6-5) between these two teams since 1959, after taking the last game against Centenary, 68-67, at Western Hall in Macomb, Ill., on Feb. 16, 2008 of last season. In the loss for the Gents, Stallings led all scorers with 20 points and 12 rebounds, while DuBois led WIU with 17 points.


If the Gents can pull of a win over the Leathernecks, it will even the record at 6-6 all time and can break WIU’s perfect 4-0 record at home this season, while also giving Centenary and head coach Greg Gary its first road win of the 2008-09 season.


Following this game, Centenary will hit its next stop in Indianapolis, Ind., when it faces IUPUI on Saturday at 7 p.m. Both games can be heard locally on KSCL 91.3 FM, as well as