Gents Host Southern Utah Thursday in Summit League Action
Wednesday, January 21, 2009

SHREVEPORT—As league play is reaching the midway point, the Centenary men’s basketball team will look to continue its winning ways when it host Southern Utah on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Gold Dome.


Centenary (5-14, 3-4 Summit) is coming off of two huge road wins in league action over Western Illinois and IUPUI last week. In their most recent contest, the Gents were able to pull off a 58-56 victory over the Jaguars on a Maxx Nakwaasah put back at the buzzer.


This two-game road sweep was the first for Centenary since joining the league back in the 2003-04 season. With these wins, the Gents improved to 3-4 in The Summit League and come into Thursday’s game fifth in league standings.


Pacing Centenary is senior guard Nick Stallings, averaging 16.8 points and 6.1 rebounds a game. He is also inching his way up the all-time scoring list after taking over the 25th spot all-time in his 13-point performance against IUPUI on Saturday to lead the Gents.


Chase Adams chips in with 13.9 points a contest and pulls down 4.7 boards a game, while still maintaining his league-leading 2.5 steals each outing. The junior guard is only one assist away from being tied for the 7th all-time spot in assists with 317.


Contributing to the Centenary offense of late is Gary Redus II with 9.9 points a game, while freshmen David Perez (5.1 ppg) and Nakwaasah (3.0 ppg) have provided the Gents with the long-range jumper in crucial situations over the last two games.


Southern Utah (6-12, 4-3 Summit) arrives at the Gold Dome in fourth place in league standings just above Centenary. Its 85-80 overtime win over South Dakota State last Saturday made up for the 23-point loss to North Dakota State two days earlier.


The Thunderbirds have three players averaging in double figures for the season led by Davis Baker’s 17.8 a game and Tyler Quinney’s 15.1. On the glass for Southern Utah is John Clifford, who manages to swipe 8.2 boards a game and chip in with 10.5 points each contest.


Though the Gents pulled off two important road wins, they are still only averaging 60.7 points a game, good for 9th in the league, while the Thunderbirds rank 5th averaging 66.4 a game. Centenary (30.4) edges Southern Utah (29.9) in rebounding as a team.


The Gents haven’t met Southern Utah on the hardwood since Feb. 21, 2008, when the Thunderbirds took a thrilling 98-94 win over Centenary in the Gold Dome. Stallings led all scorers with a career-high 35 points in that loss.


Southern Utah carries a 6-4 all-time record over Centenary heading into Thursday’s game since 2003-04. Having only played two home contests this season, the Gents hope to keep the momentum in their favor as Southern Utah comes to town.


“It is very important to win all our home games, though, even after dropping one to IPFW, we were able to bounce back and take two on the road,” said head coach Greg Gary. “Every game from here on is very important, but we are going to concentrate on Southern Utah first.”


All game coverage can be heard locally on KSCL 91.3 FM and on Following Thursday’s game, Centenary will take on UMKC at home on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. following the women’s game.