IUPUI Hosts Gents on Saturday
Friday, January 16, 2009

SHREVEPORT—The Centenary men’s basketball team will battle for its third Summit League victory this season, as it travels to face IUPUI on Saturday at 6 p.m. central (7 p.m. eastern). The Gents are looking for consecutive wins after topping Western Illinois on the road this past Thursday.


Centenary (4-14, 2-4 Summit) currently is tied for seventh in The Summit League, as it nears the half way mark. A win at IUPUI would give the Gents exactly what they need to cruise through the latter half of league play in order to see themselves playing in the league tournament in early March.


The Gents are coming into this match up after handing Western Illinois a 47-45 loss at its home, the first of the season. Centenary shot only 34 percent from the floor, but forced the Leathernecks to commit 23 turnovers on 11 steals. Chase Adams led the Gents with 13 points and four steals, while freshman David Perez poured in a 3-of-4 effort from beyond the arch for 10 points.


Even after a low seven-point game for Stallings against the Leathernecks, the senior pours in 17.0 points a game and pulls down a team-high, 6.2 rebounds a contest. Junior teammate, Adams, contributes 14.0 points and 4.7 rebounds a game, while topping the league in steals with 2.6 an outing.


IUPUI (9-8, 2-4 Summit) hosted Oral Roberts on Thursday and fell 67-58, for its third consecutive Summit League loss. In that game, Robert Glenn led the Jaguars with 24 points and seven rebounds.


For the season, Alex Young paces the IUPUI offense with 13.3 points a game, just ahead of Glenn who adds 12.2 points a contest. Jon Avery swipes 6.0 boards a game to lead the Jaguars in rebounding.


Both Centenary and IUPUI carry a 2-4 Summit League record heading into this crucial contest. The Gents are averaging 60.8 points and 30.6 rebounds a game, but have remained atop the league in steals with 8.8 a contest for the entire season thus far. IUPUI is shooting a relatively above average 46.6 percent from the floor and averaging 64.5 points and 33.4 rebounds each time they hit the hardwood.


IUPUI holds the all-time series record, 8-2, over Centenary. In the last meeting between the two teams, IUPUI took an 89-61 win over the Gents in Indianapolis, Ind., on Feb. 14, 2008. In that loss, Adams had a solid effort with 9 points, 10 boards, and seven assists, while Avery poured in 20 points to lead the Jaguars.


As always, the game can be heard locally on KSCL 91.3 FM and www.GoCentenary.com. Following this game, the Gents will head home to host Southern Utah, UMKC, and Oral Roberts in a three-game home stand over the next two weeks.