PREVIEW: Gents Head to Big 12 Oklahoma
Monday, December 7, 2009

Wednesday, Dec. 9 - Norman, Okla.
Lloyd Noble Center (12,000) - 7:00 pm tip-off

The Gents will take on Big 12 Oklahoma on Wednesday, Dec. 9 in Norman, Okla. Tip-off is set to begin at 7:00 pm at Lloyd Noble Center.

Centenary at Oklahoma will be available live on - ESPN's signature broadband sports TV network.

If fans are unable to attend the game in person - whether they're in the dorms, in the library, or on the road - provides them with a great alternative to catch all of the action. In order to make viewing the game easier, here is a direct link to the live stream of the game: Centenary at Oklahoma

SHREVEPORT-The Centenary men's basketball team was edged by just one, 84-83, in the final seconds to UMKC on Saturday evening in Summit League play. The Gents gave up a late 12-point lead and were outscored by eight in the final half to fall to 1-1 in league play and 4-3 overall.


A share of strong opponents still highlight Centenary's non-conference schedule including Mississippi, Mississippi State as well as several in-state rivals in Louisiana Tech and Louisiana-Lafayette. After battling Big East Marquette, the Gents will take on their only Big 12 opponent this season in Oklahoma. Neither coach has met on the hardwood before at their respective schools.

In the last five games at least three Gents have scored in double-figures led by Perez with all seven games in the double digits. This consistent and strong offense has allowed Centenary to outscore its opponents 82.6 to 80.4 a game and lead the league in ppg through the first seven games.

Even after dropping two games last week, Centenary still remains atop the league in several categories.
1st - Scoring Offense -- 82.6 ppg
1st - Free Throw % -- .792 (125-221)
1st - 3-Point Pct Defense -- .257 (27-105)
1st - Steals - 9.9 avg/gm

1st - Scoring - 22.0 ppg
2nd - Free Throw % -- .935 (43-46)
2nd - 3-Point FG Made - 2.4 a game

4th - Scoring - 16.9 ppg
5th - Assists - 4.1 a game
5th - Assist/Turnover Ratio - 1.7

5th - Free Throw % -- .818 (18-22)

5th - Minutes Played - 33.6 a game

Matt Marseille has proved the Gents with some recent spark as a starter and as a reserve. The freshman has hit double-figures in two games (Marquette -11, UMKC-11) and is contributing with 7.0 ppg. He is also third on the team in rebounding with 4.4 rpg and tied for first on the team with 13 steals.

Centenary continues to shoot well from the free throw line and the floor. The Gents have knocked down 175-221 (.792) from the charity stripe and are 177-141 (.431) from the field. Perez leads all scorers with 22.0 ppg and is 43-46 (.935) from the free throw line. Tubner follows with 16.9 ppg and has a team-high 29 assists. Starring and Nakwaasah each chip in with 9.7 ppg, while Bonham averages 8.7.

The Gents again, for the second year in a row, lead the league in steals with 69 through seven games. Tubner and Marseille each have 13, while Perez and Nakwaasah have swiped 12 and 10 respectively. Centenary is averaging 33.4 rebounds a game, while its opposition is better at 41.0 rpg.

Senior forward Jerrald Bonham is just one block away from jumping into the record books. He currently has 46 blocks and needs 47 to break into the top 10 all time. The Plano, Texas native is coming off a 17-block season just last year and has totaled seven blocks already this season. Bonham is currently tied for eighth in the league in blocks this season.

Oklahoma holds a record of 5-3 as they meet Centenary on Wednesday. The Sooners ride a three-game win streak and are coming off of a solid win over Arizona (79-62) on Sunday. Oklahoma hasn't lost since the matchup against Houston, when it fell 100-93 to the Cougars on Nov. 26.

Willie Warren paces the Sooners with 20.0 ppg, while Tiny Gallon chips in with 11.8 ppg and pulls down a team-high 9.5 rpg. Tony Crocker and Steven Pledger each contribute with 11.3 and 11.0 ppg respectively. As a team, Oklahoma averages 78 ppg and is shooting an impressive .468 (204-436) from the floor. The Sooners also manage to out rebound their opposition, 33.8 to 32.2 on the season.

Oklahoma and Centenary have met just four times between years, 1967-1997 and the Sooners hold a strong 4-0 record over the Gents to this day. The last meeting between the two teams came during the 1996-97 season when the Sooners defeated Centenary, 89-43 in Norman, Okla. The very first matchup was dated back to 1967-68 when the Gents fell 91-73 at Oklahoma.

Following Wednesday's game at Oklahoma, the Gents will return home to host Louisiana Tech on Saturday, Dec. 12 at 7:00 pm in the Gold Dome. That matchup is held by Centenary 69-57 all-time and is second behind Northwestern State in games played since 1925.