Senior Gents to be Honored in Final Home Game
Friday, February 27, 2009

SHREVEPORT—The Centenary men’s basketball team will honor three seniors in its final regular season home game on Saturday as the Gents host South Dakota State at 2:30 p.m. in Summit League play.


Centenary’s (7-22, 5-12 Summit) 14-man roster and head coach Greg Gary and staff will pay tribute to Nick Stallings, Lance Hill, and Travis Hill on Saturday during pregame, prior to the tip-off. These three deserving seniors have become an integral part of the Gents program, as well as contributed in positive ways on and off the court during their respective years at Centenary.


Nick Stallings, a senior guard from Houston, Texas will play his final home game in a Gent uniform after transferring here his sophomore year from Southwest Mississippi Junior College.


With one game to play in regular season, Stallings leads Centenary as the only player to have started every contest this season, while managing to pace the Gents with 14.8 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. During this season, he became the 29th Gent all-time to score 1,000 points in his career. He accomplished this feat on Jan. 2, 2009 in a 16-point performance against Oral Roberts in Summit League action. Currently, he is ranked 22nd in the record books with 1,184 career points, along with becoming a part of the top 10 in career steals with 130.


In his first season with Centenary, Stallings was one of three Gents to play in all 31 games, starting 18 as a guard. During that year, he averaged 8.5 points and 3.2 rebounds per game. His junior season, Stallings was named Honorable Mention All-Summit League for his exceptional play, averaging 15.9 points per game, which included his career-high 35-point game against Southern Utah.


“Nick has had an excellent year and has worked hard everyday. He has grown as a person and he will be missed. He set the tone early on how hard we have to play and I'm very proud of him and thankful for his contributions,” said head coach Gary.


Lance Hill, a senior forward from Houston, Texas will also suit up in Maroon and White in his last home game as a Gent against SDSU. Hill played his first year at Jacksonville College before transferring to Centenary.


After making his way back after the semester break, Hill has played in 15 games, knocking down 7.1 points a game for Centenary. His ability to knock down the three as a 6-7 forward has helped lift the Gents in several key games this year.


As a sophomore, the forward played in 29 games and started six. In that season, he averaged 5.5 points and 2.4 rebounds a game. In his second season as a junior, Hill played a key role as a scoring threat both down low and sinking the long shot. He averaged 11.7 points and 3.8 boards a contest, while posting a double double and career-high of 24 points and 11 rebounds against South Dakota State.


“Lance has given us a spark late. I only wish we could have had him for the whole year. I am proud of him for sticking it out and giving us everything he had,” said Gary.


Travis Hill, an academic senior from Bedford, Texas will play out his final year in the Gold Dome as a Gent on Saturday as well. The 6-0 guard is known for his hustle and strong will to succeed on and off the court.


Hill, having played only three years for Centenary, will graduate this May, even with one year of eligibility remaining. This season, he has become a vital member to the Centenary program, improving his minutes to 9.3 a game. He has shown his ability to play great defense and knock down the occasional three.


In his first year, Hill took a redshirt season and served as the student manager to the Gents basketball team. As a freshman, he saw action in five games. During his sophomore season, Hill appeared in 13 games.


“Travis will be missed because of his work ethic and toughness. He always has a great attitude and the entire Centenary Community should be very proud of him,” said Gary.


Take part in honoring the three Centenary men’s basketball seniors on Saturday in the Gold Dome prior to game-time tip-off.


The game can be heard locally on KSCL 91.3 FM and