Gents Battle Strong Mississippi State Offense in Loss
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
JACKSON, Miss.-The Centenary men's basketball team fell 88-51 to a strong SEC Mississippi State Bulldog team on Tuesday evening in non-conference action.

The Gents fell to 4-7 on the season with the loss, while Mississippi State improved to 10-2.

Senior Jerrald Bonham hit a three in the early going for Centenary's first basket to make it a 4-3 showing with just under 18 minutes to play.

Despite back-to-back buckets by Bonham and junior Roman Tubner and taking their first lead (7-6), the Gents allowed a 9-0 run by the Bulldogs to follow.

Sophomore David Perez drained a three and two long jumpers for seven points to chip away at Mississippi State's lead and narrow it to five (21-16) with 10:30 remaining.

Though the Bulldogs used their outside presence to go up by 11 on two treys and a mid-range jumper before freshman David Swartz knocked down a long ball to make it a seven-point game.

After consecutive lay ups by freshman Matt Marseille and Swartz, Mississippi State executed a 6-0 run to close out the half with their largest first half lead of 19 at 46-27.

The Bulldogs didn't stop their offensive surge as the second half began with a quick 11-3 tilt and a 27 point advantage just five minutes in. Tubner hit a three and laid the ball up for two, however, it was Mississippi State who had the upper hand with 11 straight points on three lay ups, a three and a dunk.

Swartz and freshman Travis Sims found the bottom of the net on back-to-back possessions before Mississippi State hit its 13th trey of the night. The Bulldogs took advantage of several Gent miscues and responded with a 43-point lead (84-41) with under five minutes to play.

Freshmen Daman Starring and Leo Davis each drained a three, but it was the consistency from the field by Mississippi State that followed. With one minute left, freshman Jeron Trotman had a block and a lay up to narrow the late deficit to 37 (88-51).

Centenary shot just 32.2 percent (19-of-59) from the floor led by Perez and Tubner each with nine. Swartz added eight off the bench, while Bonham and Davis had six and five respectively.

Mississippi State performed well at 50 percent (30-of-60) from the field and 14-of-27 for 51.9 percent from long range.

Ravern Johnson led all scorers with 20 points, while Barry Stewart and Dee Bost added 14 and 10.

The Gents were out rebounded 44-29. Starring pulled down a team-high five rebounds.

Centenary will be back in action on Monday, Dec. 28 at 7:05 pm at Louisiana-Lafayette.