Homecoming Slated to Feature Gents and Leathernecks Saturday
Friday, February 13, 2009

SHREVEPORT—As part of its two-game home stand this week, the Centenary men’s basketball team will host Western Illinois on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. in the Gold Dome for a key Summit League contest.


Centenary (7-18, 5-8 Summit) is looking to snap a four game losing skid when it meets the Leathernecks on the hardwood for Homecoming 2009. With only five regular season league games remaining, Centenary hopes to sweep the series against Western Illinois in front of a home crowd of maroon and white.


On Thursday evening, the Gents took a 79-67 loss at the hands of IUPUI, who at the time, was just ahead of them in league standings. In that game, Gary Redus II’s career-high 24 points and team-best seven rebounds unfortunately wasn’t enough to overcome a 62.2 percent shooting performance by the Jaguars. Chase Adams added 20 points and seven assists in the loss, meanwhile, knocking down four of the Gents’ seven three-pointers. 


Nick Stallings continues to lead Centenary with 16.0 points and 6.3 rebounds a game, while starting all 25 games thus far. Teammate Adams has been a key contributor in late-game scoring, chipping in with 14.9 points a game, meanwhile, dishing out a team-high 4.6 assists a contest, third-best in the league. Redus’ performance of late has provided the Gents with another scoring threat, as he adds 11.5 points to the offensive attack.


Western Illinois (8-17, 5-9 Summit) comes into this game having fallen to Oral Roberts, 49-46 on Thursday at Mabee Center. The Leathernecks were led by David Nurse and Ceola Clark with nine points.


David DuBois paces Western Illinois with 17.9 points and 5.9 rebounds a game this season, while Josh Rivers adds 9.8 to the mix.


Both teams rank among the bottom in The Summit League in points per game, but Centenary’s 63.2 points edges Western Illinois’ league-low 58.2 points each contest. The Gents are shooting 40 percent from the floor, while the Leathernecks connect on 43 percent of shots taken.


Saturday’s game will mark the 13th all-time meeting between the two teams since beginning the series back in 1959. In its last contest, Centenary took an edging 47-45 win over Western Illinois on Jan. 15, which evened the series at 6-6. Adams led with 13 points and David Perez chipped in with 10 in the win.


Centenary is 3-3 at home this season, all wins coming in league play, while Western Illinois is 2-12 on the road and 2-6 away from home while playing Summit League opponents.


For complete game coverage and live stats, tune in locally to KSCL 91.3 FM and www.GoCentenary.com.


Following Saturday’s game, the Gents will hit the road to face UMKC on Thursday at 7:05 p.m. and Southern Utah, Saturday at 7:30 p.m.