Gents Stay Alive with Win over Jackrabbits
Saturday, February 28, 2009

SHREVEPORT – Led by three double figure scorers, which includes freshman Maxx Nakwaasah, who had his first career double-double, the Centenary men’s basketball team kept its Summit League postseason dreams alive with a 77-67 victory over South Dakota State on Saturday afternoon.


Centenary opened the game with a quick five point lead, but an 8-2 run by SDSU swung the momentum. However, the Gents didn’t allow the Jackrabbits to keep the lead for long, as they answered back with a small run.


The first 20 minutes would remain a barn-burner, as the score was tied five times and the lead changed hands eight times. But with 1:12 left senior Nick Stallings was able to put him and his teammates up by three heading into halftime.


The second half also began as a back and forth affair, as neither team took a lead larger than three. The opening seven minutes also saw three ties and two lead changes, but that’s when Centenary’s defense and offense picked up the pace.


The Gents held SDSU scoreless for nearly six minutes and Centenary’s offense went on a 19-0 run to go by 15 with 6:17 left. However, the Jackrabbits clawed their way back into game, as a 12-2 run got them within four with 2:24 to play.


To close the game Centenary would go on an 11-5 run, and during which was led by Stallings, who scored five of his game-high 22 points in 17 seconds. 


The aforementioned Nakwaasah scored 14 points and pulled down a career-best 10 rebounds, while Gary Redus II added 11 points. For SDSU, Clint Sargent led the way with 20 points, while Anthony Cordova and Michael Palarca scored 13 and 10 respectively.


Centenary is now dependant on the outcome of Western Illinois and IUPUI, who tipped-off at 7 p.m. in Macomb, Ill. If the Jaguars defeat WIU, Centenary is in, but if the Leathernecks win the Gents are out of postseason contention.