PREVIEW: Gents are Back Home, Host IPFW, Oakland
Friday, January 8, 2010

SHREVEPORT-Sophomore Maxx Nakwaasah had a career-high 22 points off the bench to lead the Centenary men's basketball team to a 75-62 win over Summit League foe, IPFW on Thursday evening in the Gold Dome. The Gents (6-9, 2-3) garnered their second league win and snapped a two-game skid with the win. Three players reached double-figures as sophomore David Perez finished with 16 and junior Roman Tubner added 13.

Offensively, the Gents are scoring 75.2 ppg, but are allowing 83.2 ppg from their opposition. Centenary is shooting 43 percent (370-866) from the floor and averaging 8.5 three-pointers a game. The team is dishing off 14.0 assists per game. Perez is leading the Gents with 17.0 ppg and 53-62 (.855) from the free throw line. Junior Roman Tubner is contributing with 12.8 ppg, while dishing off a team-high 52 assists. Starring is third in scoring with 10.1 ppg and second in assists with 38.

Defensively, the Gents are holding their opponents to just 6.1 three-pointers made a game. However, on the boards, the opposition out rebounds Centenary, 40.3 to 31.3. Tubner leads with 27 steals, while Starring follows with 18. Bonham paces Centenary with 4.9 rebounds a contest and 15 total blocks.

Sophomore Maxx Nakwaasah recorded his career-high on Thursday with 22 points off the bench in a 75-62 win over IPFW in the Gold Dome. The Dallas, Texas native played just 22 minutes and scored 18 of his 22 points in the final 10 minutes of the game. He finished 7-of-9 from the floor, including two key three-pointers, as well as a 6-of-7 effort from the charity stripe which helped spark a late game rally. Nakwaasah surpassed his previous career-best of 19, which happened at Southern Utah on Feb. 21, 2009.

Centenary dished off a team total 17 assists against IPFW led by freshman Pedro Maciel with six off the bench. That total tied for second-best on the season after the Gents finished with 23 assists in a double-overtime loss against La Tech earlier this season. Also serving last night was Tubner with four, Starring with three and Perez with two.

Bonham secured ninth place on the all-time block list in the double-overtime loss to Louisiana Tech on Dec. 12. He currently has 55 blocks. The Plano, Texas native is coming off a 17-block season just last year and has totaled 15 blocks already this season. He is now striving to catch Lincoln Abrams and George Lett with 60 all-time.

Oakland is riding a four-game win streak after securing two huge league wins over Oral Roberts (67-64) and IUPUI (85-82). The Golden Grizzlies hold a 10-7 record and a perfect 4-0 stint in The Summit League prior to the contest at Centenary. Three of their losses came to Top 20 teams.

Oakland is led by three-time Summit League Player of the Week, Keith Benson with 17.2 ppg and 10.4 rpg. He is followed by teammate Derick Nelson with 12.1 ppg and 6.6 rpg, while Johnathan Jones chips in with 12.0 ppg. As a team, Oakland is averaging 72.2 ppg and 39.6 rpg.

Saturday will mark the 13th all-time meeting between the Centenary and Oakland since 2004. The Golden Grizzlies own the series at 10-2. The Gents split the two games with Oakland last season. The 20-point upset (80-60) over Oakland helped secure a spot in the Summit League Tournament. However, Centenary fell 65-78 in the most recent contest at Oakland a year ago.

Centenary will travel to take on Western Illinois on Jan. 14 at 7:00 pm and IUPUI on Jan. 16 at 2:00 pm.