PREVIEW: Gents Set to Play IUPUI
Wednesday, January 13, 2010

MACOMB, Ill.-The Centenary men's basketball team wasn't able to gain any momentum throughout the Thursday night contest as Western Illinois defeated the Gents, 70-51, in Summit League play.

The Gents (6-11, 2-5 Summit) were led by sophomore David Perez with a game-best 18 points, 16 of which came in the second half, while freshman Daman Starring finished with 17 points.

Offensively, the Gents are scoring 72.3 ppg, but are allowing 82.7 ppg from their opposition. Centenary is shooting 42 percent (404-965) from the floor and averaging 8.1 three-pointers a game. The team is dishing off 13.5 assists per game. Perez is leading the Gents with 16.8 ppg and 60-71 (.845) from the free throw line. Junior Roman Tubner is contributing with 11.7 ppg, while dishing off a team-high 53 assists, while freshman Daman Starring adds 10.2 ppg to the mix.

Defensively, the Gents are holding their opponents to just 6.1 three-pointers made a game. On the boards, the opposition out rebounds Centenary, 40.4 to 30.0. Tubner leads with 31 steals, while Starring follows with 23. Bonham paces Centenary with 4.8 rebounds a contest and 16 total blocks.

The Gents are currenly 0-3 on the road in Summit League play this season. Centenary dropped contests at North Dakota State (70-82), South Dakota State (59-89) and Western Illinois (51-70). In league play, the Gents are only averaging 68.7 ppg and allowing 80.0 by their opposition. Another key factor is the rebounding difference as Centenary is only pulling down 26.6 boards to its league opponents' 38.9 a game.

The Gents are no stranger to the outside game after rostering its tallest player at 6'8". Centenary has drained at least three 3-pointers in every one of its contests this season. Its lowest came just against Oakland when only three reached the bottom of the net. The best performance came on Dec. 12 against Louisiana Tech in a 69 percent (20-of-29) from the field night.

Bonham secured ninth place on the all-time block list in the double-overtime loss to Louisiana Tech on Dec. 12. He currently has 56 blocks. The Plano, Texas native is coming off a 17-block season just last year and has totaled 16 blocks already this season. He is now striving to catch Lincoln Abrams and George Lett with 60 all-time.

IUPUI moved into second place in league standing on Thursday with a 90-87 overtime win against Oral Roberts. The Jaguars are now 12-7 and 5-1 in Summit League play. They are looking for their third straight league victory as the only one they dropped was against top-ranked Oakland (85-82) on January 2. IUPUI holds a 7-1 stint at home this season and 4-0 at home against league opponents.

As a team, the Jaguars average 75.1 ppg and pull down 32.7 rpg. They are led offensively with three players in double-figures. Robert Glenn paces the team with 18.4 ppg and 6.3 rpg, while teammates Alex Young adds 17.4 ppg and Leroy Nobles chips in with 14.4. IUPUI has stayed consistent with its starting five all season as Glenn, Young, Nobles, Billy Pettiford and John Ashworth have started all 19 contests.

Centenary and IUPUI will meet for the 13th contest all-time on Saturday. The Jaguars currently lead 9-3 in the 12contests played since 2004. Last season, the two teams split its series as Centenary defeated IUPUI (58-56) on its home court with a tip-in by Nakwaasah at the buzzer, which later made SportsCenter's top plays. Later that season, the Jaguars beat the Gents in the Gold Dome (79-67).

Following its game at IUPUI, Centenary will return home to host its last non-conference contest against Southwestern Assemblies of God on Tuesday at 7:00 pm.