Gents Drop a 71-59 Decision to IPFW
Thursday, February 5, 2009

FORT WAYNE, Ind.—The Centenary men’s basketball team couldn’t gain late-game momentum, falling 71-59 to IPFW on Thursday evening in Summit League action.

Centenary (7-16, 5-6 Summit) struggled to find its shooting touch from behind the arch, which has been a key contributor of late, sinking only four three’s on the game. With this loss, the Gents drop to 5-6 in league play.

IPFW (9-14, 4-8) went on an early 5-0 run and Centenary’s first field goal didn’t come until 17:03 when Chase Adams’ lay-up and free throw found the bottom of the net to make it 5-3.

The Mastodons were able to hold a lead until the 13:56 mark when the Gents went up 10-9 on a three by Adams. Following, was a lay-up by Anthony Gatlin and another three by Nick Stallings to make it 15-9, the largest lead of the half for Centenary.

Midway through the first 20 minutes, David Perez’s lay-up ended a 12-0 run by IPFW that allowed the Mastodons to go up, 27-21. A free throw by Stallings with 1:43 to play allowed Centenary to move within two, 29-27, but three quick Mastodon points ended the half at 32-27.

Moving in the final stanza, an early 8-0 run by Centenary tied the game at 37 apiece with 14 minutes to play. In that run, the Gents were 4-of-4 from the charity stripe.

Centenary, though, saw its only lead of the half, 40-39 at the 12:33 mark on a lay-up by Maxx Nakwaasah. For the next four minutes, each team exchanged baskets, though IPFW didn’t allow Centenary to move ahead for a lead change.

With 8:08 to play, Gary Redus II tied the game at 50, but that momentum stopped, when a 9-0 IPFW run began and the Gents couldn’t regain the energy, which seemed to be in their hands. Centenary trailed by as many as 13 with 41 seconds to play.

Stallings led Centenary with 16 points and eight rebounds, while Redus had 13 and Adams chipped in with 10. For IPFW, Ben Botts led with 17 points, while three other Mastodons found their way into double-figure scoring.

Centenary shot 32.7 percent (18-of-55) from the floor and had an uncharacteristic performance from beyond the arch, shooting a low 16 percent (4-of-25) from deep. IPFW shot 46.8 percent (22-of-47) from the field and 47.1 percent (8-of-17) from the three-point line. The Gents did manage to out rebound the Mastodons, 35-31 on the game.

Centenary will be back in action on Saturday, as they take on the Golden Grizzlies of Oakland with a 6 p.m. (central) tip-off in Rochester, Mich. This game can also be heard locally on KSCL 91.3 FM and www.GoCentenary.com.