Gents Travel West to Face Southern Utah on Saturday
Friday, February 20, 2009

SHREVEPORT—The Centenary men’s basketball team will face Southern Utah on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. central (7:30 p.m. mtn) in Cedar City, Utah in a decisive Summit League match up.

Centenary (7-20, 5-10 Summit) is looking to return to its winning ways against the Thunderbirds after having dropped its last six league contests. The Gents are coming off another devastating loss at UMKC on Thursday.

The Gents’ late-game rally ended short in a 61-59 defeat to the Kangaroos. Chase Adams led Centenary with 15 points and seven assists, while David Perez and Anthony Gatlin each had 12. 

Even with only four points in the game at UMKC, Nick Stallings continues to pilot the Gents with 15.4 points and 6.3 rebounds a game. Adams has been consistently producing throughout knocking down 14.9 points a game, and dishing out a team-best 4.7 assists per contest. Gary Redus II chips in with 11.3 points a game.

Southern Utah (9-17, 7-8 Summit) welcomes Centenary after taking a 64-46 loss at the hands of Oral Roberts on Thursday. The Thunderbirds were led by Davis Baker’s 17 points.

Baker leads the offense with 17.4 points a game, while also posting a 90 percent shooting performance from the free throw line this season. Tyler Quinney adds 13.8 points and John Clifford chips in with 9.7, meanwhile, pulling down a team-high 7.8 boards an outing.

Centenary is averaging just under 63 points per game and shooting 39 percent from the floor as a team. Though, it only manages to pull down 30 boards each contest. The Gents’ 7.7 three-pointers made and 8.9 steals a game remains atop the league rankings.

Southern Utah averages 66 points a game, while shooting a high 47 percent from the floor. The Thunderbirds, do however, only manage to swipe 30 rebounds a game as well. The key to the Southern Utah offense is its 80 percent effort from the free throw line, which ranks them first among other Summit League opponents.

The all-time series between these two teams is in favor of the Thunderbirds, 7-4 since joining the league back in the 2003-04 season. The last meeting came at the Gold Dome on Jan. 22, when Centenary handed Southern Utah an 81-56 loss. Four Gents hit double-figures led by Adams’ 22 points and Stallings’ 21. They also shot lights out, connecting on 55 first half points with an amazing 57 percent from the floor on the game.

With a win, the Gents would improve to 6-10 in league play with a shot of still competing in The Summit League Tournament with two games following, both of which are at home.

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

Following this game, the Gents will head home for its last regular season home stand as they host North Dakota State on Thursday at 7 p.m. and South Dakota State on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.