Late Surge By IUPUI Sends Gents Home Empty-Handed
Saturday, January 16, 2010
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.-A late second-half offensive surge by IUPUI sent the Centenary men's basketball team home with a 74-58 loss on Saturday afternoon in Summit League play.

The Gents (6-12, 2-6 Summit) fell in their third straight league contest as IUPUI (13-7, 6-1 Summit) picked up its sixth of the season. Freshman Daman Starring led for the second consecutive game with 15 points. Sophomore David Perez finished with 12 and freshman Pedro Maciel added 10.

IUPUI went up 9-0 on three treys before Centenary's Roman Tubner drained a jumper at 17:04. Another Jaguar three put the Gents down by 10 (12-2) with 15 minutes to play.

It was the offensive dominance by IUPUI that challenged Centenary to a 23-5 contest on a 9-3 run. However, the Gents wouldn't allow the Jaguars to extend the lead much more as they put together an 11-2 run on three deep three-pointers by freshman David Swartz, Perez and Maciel, along with a jumper by Starring.

With under five minutes to play, Maciel drove through the lane for two, narrowing IUPUI's early lead to three (28-25). Senior Jerrald Bonham hit two free throws to bring the Gents within one with 1:44 remaining.

Jaguar Leroy Nobles sank a three at the buzzer to send Centenary into halftime trailing, 33-29.

A 17-2 edge opened up the second half for IUPUI as the Gents saw its only basket by Bonham at 18:34 mark. It became a quick 50-31 game before Centenary was able to knock down its second basket of the half when Swartz drained a three nearly four minutes later.

Almost three minutes passed before either team saw a change in the score. A free throw by IUPUI was followed by a lay up by Perez made it a 51-36 score.

Centenary combined a three by Perez, two free throws by Maciel and a lay up by Bonham to produce a 7-0 run (51-43) with 7:40 left to play. During the run, the Gents held IUPUI scoreless for a five-minute span until a Gent foul led to a free throw by IUPUI.

Starring made one of two from the charity stripe to narrow the deficit to eight (52-44) with 5:45 remaining in the final half. The Jaguars quickly fired off seven straight points in under a minute of play.

Late fouls by Centenary sent IUPUI to the line as it was a perfect six-of-six to extend its lead to 19 (68-49). Maciel, Tubner, and Starring sink treys from downtown to power the Gents over 50 points, but it wasn't enough in the final seconds to uphend the Jaguars.

Centenary shot 34 percent (21-61) from the floor, while the Jaguars were better at 47 percent (22-47). IUPUI was led by Alex Young with a game-best 29 points, while Nobles added 18 and Jon Avery chipped in with 11.

The Gents out rebounded the Jaguars by one (37-26) led by Bonham and Starring with eight each. Young and Nobles pulled down nine for IUPUI.

Centenary will return home to host SW Assemblies of God on Tuesday at 7:00 pm in the Gold Dome for its last non-conference game of the season.