Gents Win in Commanding Fashion, 95-76, Over Texas College
Friday, November 20, 2009
SHREVEPORT-In its home opener, the Centenary men's basketball team took control of Texas College from the early going, defeating the Steers 95-76 on Thursday evening in the Gold Dome.

The Gents (2-1) were in control of the Steers (3-2) from the beginning, recording several career-high performances, while four players notched double figure scoring.

Freshman Daman Starring led with 27 points on three treys and 6-of-6 from the charity stripe for a career-best, while David Perez chipped in with 21 and Tubner had a career-high 18.

Nakwaasah got the game rolling on a lay up at 19:30 to give the Gents a 2-0 lead before junior Roman Tubner found Starring for three.

Defense proved to be the key in the opening minutes as Centenary made Texas College take forced shots and commit six turnovers after playing just eight minutes.

Starring hit back-to-back jumpers and two free throws near the 11-minute mark that put the Gents up 20-11.

With two treys by Steer, David Hymes, and two free throws by Antonio Odom, Texas College pulled within eight (29-21) with five minutes to play. Though Centenary responded with a 6-0 run on four points by Starring and a dunk by freshman Matt Marseille to go ahead by 19 at 44-25.

A Jeron Trotman tip-in with five seconds to go in the first half sent the Gents into halftime with a commanding 46-27 lead.

Centenary shot an impressive 53 (18-of-34) percent from the floor led by Starring with 19 and Perez with 11 at the half. The Gents forced Texas College to 12 turnovers on eight steals.

The Steers opened the second half with seven straight points before the Gents could score. Bonham connected on a three-point play after pulling down a rebound, connecting on two, and sinking his charity attempt.

Marseille brought light on both the defensive and offensive ends, tallying several important rebounds and battling inside for second chance points. The Gents took its first largest lead at 23 (61-39) when Nakwaasah sank net for three with 12 minutes to play.

Responding on a Steer three was Starring, who kept the game out of reach by 20 with his third long ball.

Texas College's Trey Manning fired off two treys that put the Steers within 15 at 65-50 with 10:11 to play. Four free throws by Starring and Tubner extended the lead back to 19.

Odom narrowed the deficit to 10 (73-63) on a mid-range jumper with six minutes remaining in the game. Marseille connected on one-of-two from the line, before a hard-fought rebound by Perez on the other end sent him to the line where he drained both attempts.

The Steers relied on their second half shooting from long range to stay within reach, though free throws and hustle on the defensive side by Centenary made the difference.

The Gents controlled the final three minutes as pressure on the Steers gave way for several fast break shots by Tubner and Perez along with a second chance attempt by Nakwaasah to go up 87-72.

In need of time, the Steers sent the Gents to the line late, allowing Tubner and Perez to send Centenary on with the win.

Centenary shot 47 (30-of-63) percent from the floor on the game, while holding Texas College to 40 (29-of-72) percent.

Behind Tubner was Nakwaasah with 12, followed by Marseille with eight.

The Gents tallied 48 boards to the Steers' 34. Marseille had a team-high nine rebounds off the bench, while Bonham and Nakwaasah had seven.

"Our guys came out and played with confidence. We had a solid first half and we were fortunate to get the win," said head coach Greg Gary.

"Daman and Roman played well as returning guys and Matt (Marseille) proved he is capable of being a force all season for us."

The Gents will take a week off before returning to play on Friday, Nov. 27 when they host ULM at 7:00 pm in the Gold Dome.