Gents Earn First Win of Season Over Grambling
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
GRAMBLING, La.-The Centenary men's basketball team had a strong second half that led to a 71-66 victory and its first win of the season over Grambling State on Tuesday evening.

The Gents (1-1) outscored the Tigers by 10 in the final 20 minutes of play, while forcing 21 Grambling turnovers on the game.

Sophomore David Perez had another impressive night offensively, leading Centenary with 25 points for the second consecutive game to tie his career-high.

Grambling went up 9-4 before freshman Pedro Maciel evened the game at 9-9 after a David Swartz made jumper. Freshman Daman Starring's layup at the 14:40 mark gave Centenary its first lead of the night.

The Tigers took over for most of the first half, not allowing the Gents to come any closer than a 22-22 stalemate when Perez drained a one of his four treys.

Grambling later went on a late 12-2 run, but freshman Matt Marseille connected on both charity shots to end the surge at 33-25 with two minutes to play. Down by 10, Maciel fired off a shot from deep that was good for three, allowing the Gents to pull within seven (35-28) with less than a minute to play.

The Tigers led 35-30 at half.

In the second half, a Starring three pointer at 12:32 took over the lead (45-44) after junior Roman Tubner and Perez each netted two. Centenary never allowed Grambling to retake over the lead after than point.

An 8-4 run produced by Perez alone put the Gents up by five with 7:30 to play. Two points (57-55) is the closest the Tigers would get to Centenary to close out the game.

The Gents sealed off the win with 10 made free throws led by Tubner with five.

Centenary shot 39 (22-of-57) percent from the floor and connected on 8-of-23 for 35 percent from behind the arch. Despite a low 66 (19-of-29) percent from the free throw line, the Gents made the needed shots down the stretch.

Following Perez in scoring was Tubner with 11 and Maciel with eight. Starring and Nakwaasah chipped in with seven and Bonham had six.

The Gents were out rebounded 43-35 as Bonham, Nakwaasah, Swartz, Tubner and Perez led with five each.

Grambling shot 42 (22-of-53) percent from the field and 73 (19-of-26) from the charity line. The Tigers were led by Donald Qualls and Ariece Perkis with 14 apiece.

The Gents will host Texas College on Thursday in their home opener at 7:00 pm in the Gold Dome.