Gents Shine in 94-84 Win Over ULM
Saturday, November 28, 2009
SHREVEPORT-A dominant and consistent showing by the Centenary men's basketball team led to a 94-84 win over in-state I-20 rival, ULM, on Friday evening in non-conference action.

The Gents (3-1) had several career-high performances as sophomore David Perez finished with yet, another 20-point outing, scoring 27 points, while junior Roman Tubner had 23. Senior Jerrald Bonham notched his second double-figure scoring game with 17 points.

It was strong defense that opened up the first half for Centenary as Bonham put the Gents up 6-3 early on two lay ups and two free throws. ULM brought it within two at 11-9 before Centenary went on an 11-2 run to make it a 22-11 game on four points by Perez, two by Bonham and two by Tubner.

The Warhawks took advantage of several second chance opportunities to score four straight points, but freshman Matt Marseille ended the threat with a lay up and a chance for a three-point play.

With a lead, Perez fired off a three to put Centenary ahead by 10 (27-17) with 7:30 left in the first half. ULM narrowed the deficit to six before Tubner drained a deep jumper from the left side to pull ahead by eight with 5:00 minutes remaining.

It was solid run by the Warhawks near the end of the half that gave way for a three-point game, 32-29 with 2:30 left. Bonham nailed a jumper and Perez sank both charity attempts along with a mid-range jumper for a seven-point, first half lead at 38-31. Tubner scored off a ULM goal tending play that sent the Gents into halftime leading 40-33.

Through the first 20 minutes, Centenary shot 44 percent (14-of-32), while holding ULM to a 0-for-7 performance from deep and 36 percent (11-of-31) from the field.

Tubner continued what he left off into the second half, scoring the first two for the Gents with less than 30 seconds in.

ULM took advantage of several Centenary fouls to narrow the score to three, 44-41, but the Gents wouldn't allow it to get any closer as Perez remained perfect at the line, draining his two attempts. Starring swiped a ULM pass in the paint, drove the court and handed the ball off to teammate Tubner, who scored for a 48-41 lead.

Freshman David Swartz came off the bench and provided needed spark to the Centenary offense, scoring nine straight points including a three-point shot from deep. Starring drained one of his own to put the Gents up 64-49.

ULM responded with five points before Tubner laid the ball up to end the mid-way, second-half threat. Perez, again, followed Bonham with two free throws to go up 70-57 with 8:40 to play. Following was a drive by Perez that ended on a Starring tip-in for two.

The Warhawks drained a three and hit a free throw to make it an 11-point game (76-55) with less than five minutes remaining. Centenary responded when Bonham tied his career high on two more free throws and Tubner drove the lane for two for a 12-point tilt with 3:50 on the clock.

Centenary found its niche down the stretch, holding onto a solid lead despite several key players exiting the game due to fouls. With 1:30 remaining, freshmen Pedro Maciel scored (87-72) on a drive to the basket for his first two of the night and Leo Davis hit two charity attempts.

A late attempt by ULM put them within nine at 91-82 with 30 seconds to play, but having to play with time, the Gents were sent to the line in the final possessions. Tubner hit two and Nakwaasah sank one as Centenary went on to win by 10, 94-84.

Behind the career-high shooting was Swartz with 12 and Starring with five. The Gents shot 49.2 percent (30-of-61) from the floor on the game, while ULM was 27-of-64 for 42.2 percent.

ULM was led by Malcolm Thomas with 19 and Lawrence Gilbert with 18.

Centenary was out rebounded 49-29, but the key difference was the turnover difference as the Gents recorded just 12 to the Warhawks' 21. Centenary also had 11 steals on the night and played as a team with 17 assists.

Tubner had a game-high eight assists and six rebounds, while Nakwaasah and Bonham pulled down six boards.

"The guys just played extremely hard and unselfish," said head coach Greg Gary.

"JB {Bonham} gave us an early boost and that just shows how a senior can step up and play well."

Centenary will be back in action on Monday when it host Northwestern State at 7:00 pm here in the Gold Dome.