Sharp Shooting Jaguars Hand Gents 79-67 Loss
Thursday, February 12, 2009

SHREVEPORT—Gary Redus II had a career-high 24 points, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a strong shooting performance by IUPUI in Summit League play on Thursday evening, falling to the Jaguars, 79-67.

 

Centenary (7-18, 5-8 Summit) struggled to build consistency throughout  the game and dropped its fourth consecutive game.

 

IUPUI (14-11, 7-7 Summit) came out strong in the first half going on a 6-0 run to start the game. A lay-up by Nick Stallings at the 17:36 mark finally allowed Centenary to jump on board. Though, the Jaguars got up by as many as six a three by Chase Adams at 16:19 narrowed the deficit to three.

 

The Gents took its first lead of the half (16-15) on a jumper by Redus with 12:05 to play. However, a free throw by Robert Glenn at 11:05 tied it back up at 16. Centenary’s largest lead of five (31-26) came on a lay-up by Roman Tubner with 4:40 left to play.

 

A three by Leroy Nobles and a lay-up by Alex Young tied the game at 31, which began a 12-0 run and ended the half in favor of the Jaguars, 38-31.

 

Coming into the second half down by seven, the Gents allowed IUPUI to extend its late first half run to 18-0 to make it a 44-31 ball game. A lay-up by David Perez at 16:04 gave Centenary its first scoring effort of the final 20 minutes.

 

The Jaguars managed to go up by as many as 20 on a three by Nobles at 12:22 (58-38) and the largest lead of the game for IUPUI came at 3:58 when Adrian Moss nailed a free throw, to jump ahead by 27 (78-51).

 

Centenary’s momentum came too late, as back-to-back three-pointers by Adams and Travis Hill brought the Gents within 18, 78-60 with 2:17 to play. A final 6-0 run by Centenary in the last minute narrowed the deficit to 12 to finish the night.

 

As a team, the Gents shot 42.6 percent (23-of-54) from the floor and 31.8 percent (7-of-22) from behind the arch. IUPUI had a consistent shooting performance of 62.2 percent (28-of-45) from the floor on the game. Centenary was out rebounded, 31-24.

 

Behind Redus’ 24 was Adams, who finished with 20 points and seven assists, while Stallings chipped in with 10. Nobles and Glenn led IUPUI with 20 points, while Young added 18 and nine rebounds.

 

Centenary will host Western Illinois on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. in the Gold Dome in Summit League play. This game can be heard locally on KSCL 91.3 FM and www.GoCentenary.com.