Gents Can't Capitalize on Bison Mistakes
Thursday, February 26, 2009

SHREVEPORT – An early 16-6 second half run and a career-high 26 points from sophomore Gary Redus II couldn’t push the Centenary men’s basketball team past Summit League regular season champion North Dakota State on Thursday, as the Gents fell 89-79 in the Gold Dome.


NDSU would start the game with a nine point lead, but the Gents didn’t lose their focus, as 9-4 run gave them their first lead. During Centenary’s run, NDSU turned the ball over three times and missed four field goals.  


The Gents’ defense was suffocating in the half, forcing 11 turnovers and holding the leagues best shooting team to 37 percent. Centenary though had problems grabbing the rebounds, as it was out rebounded 24-13 in the first 20 minutes.


The Gents fell down by six early in the second period, but a 3-point field goal by Redus helped spark the run, which gave Centenary a four point lead with 14:17 left. However, a 16-2 run by NDSU gave the Bison a lead they would hold on to for good.


Centenary though would not go quietly, as it got within one with just under six minutes to play, but just as quickly NDSU extended its lead to five. The Gents never threatened again, as they got to eight with two to play, but the Bison shot up over double digits to put the game out of reach.


For the game Centenary senior Lance Hill tied his season-high with 18 points, while freshman David Perez tallied 12. For the Bison, Brett Winkelman scored a game-best 34 points and Ben Woodside tacked on 32.


The Gents’ next game against South Dakota State on Saturday will be a must win as they will have to also pull for IUPUI to beat Western Illinois in order to make the conference tournament next week.


The game can be heard on and 91.3 KSCL in Shreveport/Bossier City starting at 2:30 p.m.