Time for Tip-Off: Gents at Marquette on Friday
Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Centenary (0-0) at Marquette (0-0)
Friday, November 13 • 7:30 pm
Bradley Center (18,600) • Milwaukee, Wisconsin

A much anticipated start to the season is upon us as the Centenary men's basketball team takes on Marquette in its season opener on Friday at 7:30 pm.

"We are looking forward to the start of the season. With several fresh faces on our squad and the return of several players, we have worked hard to push them in the preseason," said head coach Greg Gary.

"It is going to be fun playing someone different and Marquette, from the Big East, carries great tradition, so we are looking forward to playing in that type of atmosphere."

Marquette leads 2-0.
Last meeting: Marquette 66, Centenary 47 (2000-01)

Tip-Off Time
Centenary enters the season opener having played no exhibition games to this point as Marquette has played one.

Gary Gearing Up for Round Two
Head Coach Greg Gary and staff of Amadou Koundoul, Mark Richmond, Adam Walsh and Chris McMillian gear up for the 2009-10 season opener. Gary, in his second season at the leader of the Gents program, accumulated an 8-23 record in his first year and rosters five returners and seven newcomers for this season.

The Lone Senior
Senior Jerrald Bonham is the lone senior for the Gents this season. The Plano, Texas native averaged 2.6 points and 2.8 rebounds a contest last season and will suit up for his final season at Centenary.

Returners Relied Upon
Junior Roman Tubner (2.8 pts/2.6 rbs), sophomores Maxx Nakwaasah (5.0 pts/2.7 rbs) and David Perez (5.9 pts/1.6 rbs) along with redshirt freshman Daman Starring (4.5 pts/2.5 rbs) and Bonham will be looked upon to help lead this young and thriving Gents team.

New Faces, New Season
The Gents welcome seven newcomers to the squad: guards Leo Davis and Pedro Maciel along with forwards Matt Marseille, Matt Nichenko, Travis Sims, David Swartz, and Jeron Trotman.

Scouting Marquette
Marquette is coming off a 25-10 record and a fifth place finish (12-6) in the Big East Conference a year ago, while ranking in the top 25 in the AP and ESPN/USA Today polls. The Golden Eagles welcome back one starter in Lazar Hayward, who averaged 16.3 ppg and 8.6 rpg. The senior was selected to participate in the World University Games representing the USA. Buzz Williams enters his second season as the head coach for Marquette and brings in seven newcomers into his first full recruiting class.

Marquette's Last Time Out
Marquette opened the season with an exhibition game against in-state, Milwaukee School of Engineering, winning 106-47. Hayward led the Golden Eagles with 24 points in just 17 minutes of play.

Series vs. Marquette
Friday's contest marks the third meeting between Centenary and Marquette. The Golden Eagles hold a 2-0 lead over the Gents in the all-time series that dates back to 1977. The last time Marquette knocked off Centenary came in a 66-47 victory in the 2000-01 season.