#20 Ole Miss Too Much for Gents
Saturday, December 19, 2009
OXFORD, Miss.-Senior Jerrald Bonham and freshman Matt Marseille each had a career-high day with 18 and 15 points respectively, however it wasn't enough as the Centenary men's basketball team was overpowered by an impressive Ole Miss Rebels team, 108-64 on Saturday afternoon.

The Gents fell to 4-6, while the Rebels improved to 10-1 on the season.

The No. 20 Rebels opened up with back-to-back layups before Daman Starring would sink a jumper in the paint to put Centenary on board. However, Ole Miss used a 22-0 run to go up by 22 (24-2) with less than 12 minutes to play.

Bonham and Starring combined for seven points, but Ole Miss used its strong inside dominance to respond with 11 of its own. Pedro Maciel ended the offensive surge after driving the lane for two.

Down 38-14, Maciel drained a three, though the Rebels hit two treys and laid two up for 10 consecutive points.

Centenary had its best run of the first half when Starring's lay up, followed by six points from Marseille sparked a late rally to narrow the large deficit to 26 (48-22).

Ole Miss finished off the half with a mid-range jumper and a lay up for a 52-22 lead at the half.

An uncharacteristic 25 percent (9-of-36) shooting from the field by the Gents was evident in the opening half, while Ole Miss was hot at 62 percent (21-of-34) with 28 points coming from inside the paint. The Rebels out rebounded Centenary, 28-15.

It wasn't 10 seconds into the second half that David Perez fired off a three from the right corner for his first basket of the game. Despite a solid effort by Marseille with six points, the Rebels went up by as many as 36 (71-35) after playing just five minutes.

Perez hit two more treys on consecutive Centenary possessions, but Ole Miss continued to remain in control with two of its own for a solid 41-point lead with 11 minutes to play. Playing tough inside all game was Bonham, who connected on a lay up and a dunk to bring the score to 87-48 with 8:40 to play.

A 15-5 run by the Rebels gave them a 102-53 lead as Bonham had four of the five points during that time. However, Ole Miss proved to be too dominant down the stretch, even after Bonham hit a three for his career high basket.

Down by 50 (108-58) with 2:08 left, Starring nailed a top-of-the key three and laid the ball up and connected on a free throw to narrow the score to 108-64 with one minute remaining.

On the day, Centenary shot 39 percent (24-of-62) from the floor, while Ole Miss was outstanding with 68 percent (42-of-62).

Behind Bonham and Marseille was Starring with 14 points and Perez with 11.

Ole Miss was led by Terrico White with 17, while Eniel Polynice had 13.

The Rebels out rebounded Centenary, 39-24 and used 23 points off 18 Gents turnovers.

Centenary will now take on SEC Mississippi State on Tuesday at 7:00 pm in Jackson, MS at the Mississippi Coliseum.