Gents Play Host to Oral Roberts Saturday
Friday, January 30, 2009

SHREVEPORT—After winning its fourth straight contest, the Centenary men’s basketball team will host its final game of this three-game Summit League home stand on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. when Oral Roberts comes to the Gold Dome.

 

Centenary (7-14, 5-4 Summit) has taken over fourth place in the league after handing UMKC an 83-75 loss last Saturday. Four Gents found their way into double-figure scoring led by Chase Adams and Lance Hill with 19 and 18 points respectively.

 

With a 3-1 home record this season, Centenary looks to continue its winning ways, as Nick Stallings’ 17.0 points and 6.2 rebounds a game paces the Maroon and White. Adams isn’t far behind his senior teammate pouring in 14.5 a contest, while dishing out a team-best 4.38 assists per outing.

 

Strong play from Maxx Nakwaasah and Hill of late has sparked the Gents’ offense. Even though Nakwaasah, the freshman guard is only averaging a little over four points a game, he has knocked down over seven points a game in league play alone, while Hill is in his ninth game, averaging 6.8 points a contest.

 

Centenary is averaging 62.7 points a game and shooting 40 percent from the floor this season, while pulling down 30.1 rebounds each outing. The Gents continue to dominate the league in steals per game with 8.8 and three-point field goals made with 7.9 a contest.

 

Oral Roberts (10-11, 8-1 Summit) is coming into this match up having beaten Southern Utah, 67-51 last Saturday in league play. Marcus Lewis led the Golden Eagles with a near double-double of 26 points and nine rebounds.

 

Robert Jarvis continues to lead the ORU offense with 17.0 points a game, while Lewis chips in with 13.3 points and 7.0 rebounds a contest.

 

The Golden Eagles are shooting 44.5 percent from the floor, averaging 71.2 points a game. They do, however manage to pull down 36 rebounds a game. Oral Roberts is currently on a seven game win streak and haven’t lost since its meeting against USC on Dec. 28, 2008.

 

Saturday’s game will be the second meeting between these two teams this season, as the Golden Eagles’ sharp shooting led them to an 82-59 win over the Gents in Mabee Center back on Jan. 2, 2009. In that game, Centenary connected on only 18-of-63 from the floor for a 28.6 percent performance, while ORU shot 49.2 percent (29-of-59). Stallings led all scorers in the loss with 16 points for the Gents, while Kevin Ford had 14 for the Golden Eagles.

 

Oral Roberts leads the all-time series, 12-1 since the 2003-04 season.

 

For live coverage, as always, tune in locally to KSCL 91.3 FM and www.GoCentenary.com.