Gents Meet Kangaroos on Saturday, Look for Fourth Straight Win
Friday, January 23, 2009

SHREVEPORT—The Centenary men’s basketball team will welcome the UMKC Kangaroos to the Gold Dome on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in Summit League action. With the Gents riding a three-game win streak, they look to continue their winning ways and build on their solid play of late.


Centenary (6-14, 4-4 Summit) meets UMKC after showing its best game performance this season, as it cruised to an 81-56 victory over Southern Utah on Thursday. The Gents were lights out in the first half, shooting 71.0 percent (22-of-31) from the floor and connecting on 13 three pointers on the game. Four Gents scored in double-figures led by Chase Adams with 22. Nick Stallings added 21, while Maxx Nakwaasah and Gary Redus II added 12 and 11 respectively.


With league play reaching the midway point, Stallings continues to pace Centenary with 17.0 points and 6.1 rebounds a game. Adams contributes with 14.3 points and 4.7 rebounds each contest.


UMKC (6-15, 2-6 Summit) has dropped its last two league contests to North Dakota State and Oral Roberts. The Golden Eagles took an 89-54 win over the Kangaroos on Thursday. Bakari Lewis led UMKC with 13 points in that loss.


Dane Brumagin leads the Kangaroo team, averaging 17.6 points a game, while Reggie Hamilton chips in with 12.6 a contest. Spencer Johnson adds 11.2 points to the mix, but dominates the boards, pulling down 7.3 a game.


Centenary and UMKC remain consistent with one another in most statistical categories heading into this game. The Gents are averaging 61.7 points a game, while the Kangaroos knock down 64.8 a contest. Both teams are near the bottom of the league in rebounding, as UMKC (33.0) edges Centenary (30.5) by 2.5 a game.


The all-time series between the two teams goes in favor of the Kangaroos, who hold an 8-3 record since the 1987 season. The last meeting was Feb. 23, 2008 when the Kangaroos took a 75-65 overtime-win over the Gents in the Gold Dome. Stallings led with 22 and Jerrald Bonham had 14 for Centenary.


If Centenary is able to take the win over UMKC, it will mark the first time the Gents have won four straight in league play since joining back in 2003-04. In that season, Centenary won three-straight conference games, but Thursday’s victory tied that feat.


For all live action, tune into KSCL 91.3 FM and Following this game, the Gents will not be back in action until next Saturday when they host Oral Roberts at 2:30 p.m.