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

CENTENARY at BIG 12 OKLAHOMA
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.

GAME FEATURED ON ESPN360.com
Centenary at Oklahoma will be available live on ESPN360.com - 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 - ESPN360.com 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

GENTS LAST TIME OUT
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.

 

BIG 12 BATTLE
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.

DOUBLE DOSE
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.

LEAGUE LEADING
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

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

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

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

Starring
5th - Minutes Played - 33.6 a game

MARSEILLE MAKES IMPACT
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.

OFFENSIVE HIGHLIGHTS
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.

DEFENSIVE HIGHLIGHTS
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.

BONHAM BLOCKS INTO BOOKS
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.

SCOUTING OKLAHOMA
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.

SERIES VS OKLAHOMA
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.

NEXT UP
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.