Gents Secure 93-85 Overtime Thriller Over Southern Utah
Friday, December 4, 2009
 SHREVEPORT-Junior Roman Tubner led the Centenary men's basketball team with a career-high 30 points in a 93-85 overtime thriller over Summit League foe, Southern Utah on Thursday evening in the Gold Dome.  

The Gents (4-2, 1-0 Summit) overcame several late deficits to secure an impressive league-opening win to improve to 4-2 on the season.

Centenary's strong defensive presence showed in the early going as Tubner picked up two steals and four points with less than two minutes in. Sophomore MaxxNakwaasah also chipped in with a jumper in the paint to go up 6-2. Southern Utah tied the game at 6-6 on an uncontested lay up and two free throws. The Thunderbirds were able to take over the lead at 10-7 after knocking four consecutive free throws. 

Tubner had a rebound and connected on a three-point play to end a 5-0 run by Southern Utah. The Thunderbirds then responded with another three to go up 22-16. A Matt Marseille trey, followed four straight points by Tubner enabled Centenary to take the lead at 23-22 with 7:40 to play.

Sophomore David Perez sank all three free throw attempts after a foul from behind the arch to tie the game at 26-26 with less than six minutes remaining. Though, Southern Utah used a 6-0 run to pull ahead by six, 32-26, but freshman Leo Davis sank a trey from the right side on an assist by classmate Daman Starring.

Centenary trailed 38-33 at the half.

Down by five and moving into the second half, the Gents allowed an early three by the Thunderbirds and two free throws to pull ahead by nine. A lay up and free throw by Tubner was responded by four Thunderbird points to go up by 10 (46-36) with 17:35 to play.

Senior Jerrald Bonham drove the lane and Tubner hit another three-point play, followed by a deep three from freshman Pedro Maciel to narrow the deficit to two in three consecutive possessions at 46-44.

After a Southern Utah jumper, Nakwaasah scored six points and Maciel hit another three to give Centenary the lead at 53-48. The Thunderbirds tied the game at 63-63 on six straight points from Davis Baker.

It was a huge Starring three that evened it back up at 66-66 with 2:45 left to play. Bonham contributed with two important charity shots to take the lead, but again, Southern Utah didn't back down.

With a four-point lead regulation, Perez, short off the bench nails a trey to pull within one with 28 seconds left.  Two more Southern Utah free throws give them the late lead, but it was Tubner, who tied the game at 74-74 on a shot from deep.

A Gent foul led to another Thunderbird point, but a drive to the basket sent scoring leader, Tubner, to the line where he sent the game into overtime with one made charity shot.

In overtime, Southern Utah went up 77-75 on two free throws, but Starring gave the Gents two possessions on an offensive rebound, drove to the paint for two. The Thunderbirds responded with one of their own.

Starring and Perez hit back-to-back treys to put the game out of reach at 83-79 with two minutes to play. Marseille used a strong lay up for two to add to the offensive surge. Free throws finalized the game as the Gents knocked down eight late charity shots, led by Perez with four.

"When you are outshot and out rebounded, you shouldn't expect to win, however, we fought until the very end," said head coach Greg Gary.

"I am happy we gutted this one out and made plays when we needed too. If Roman didn't play the way he played, we might not have ended in the W column."

Centenary shot 41 percent (26-of-64) from the floor, while Southern Utah was better at 44 percent (26-of-59).

The Gents connected on 11-of-33 from deep for 33 percent and were 30-of-39 from the free throw line for 77 percent.

Behind Tubner was Perez with 15. Bonham added 12 and Nakwaasah chipped in with 10.

Southern Utah was led by Baker with a game-high 34 points, followed by Jake Nielson with 20.

The Thunderbirds out rebounded the Gents by 15 (47-32). Bonham had a team-high seven rebounds and Marseille pulled down six.

Centenary scored 31 points off of 22 Southern Utah turnovers and had 10 steals.

The Gents will be back in action on Saturday when they host UMKC at 7:30 pm in the Gold Dome.