PREVIEW: Gents Set to Play NDSU for Homecoming 2010
Friday, January 29, 2010

The Centenary men's basketball team will return to action for Homecoming 2010 when it hosts North Dakota State on Saturday at 4:30 pm in the Gold Dome.

The Centenary Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) has teamed up with The Summit League to initiate its annual "Food Fight", a league-wide drive that works closely with the organization, Students Team Up To Fight Hunger (STUFH). Centenary has been selected to host its drive during the double-header against North Dakota State on Saturday, January 30, beginning at 2:00 pm, which also serves as Homecoming 2010.

Adults bring 5 cans, Students bring 4 cans, Kids bring 3 cans
Centenary students who bring 4 canned goods will receive a spirit item from the Student Government Association (SGA).

SHREVEPORT-The Centenary men's basketball team played a much better contest the second time through, but couldn't overcome a feisty South Dakota State team, falling 81-75, on Thursday evening in Summit League play. The Gents (7-14, 2-8 Summit) were led by sophomore David Perez with 19 points, while freshman Daman Starring chipped in with 17. Centenary dropped its eighth league contest, while the Jackrabbits improved to 11-10 and 7-3 in league play.


Offensively, the Gents are scoring 72.7 ppg, but are allowing 81.6 ppg from their opposition. Centenary is shooting 41 percent (504-1216) from the floor and averaging 8.3 three-pointers a game. The team is dishing off 13.7 assists per game. Perez is leading the Gents with 17.0 ppg and 80-94 (.851) from the free throw line. Freshman Daman Starring contributes with 11.0 ppg, while junior Roman Tubner adds 10.6 ppg, while dishing off a team-high 56 assists.

Defensively, the Gents are holding their opponents to just 6.8 three-pointers made a game. On the boards, the opposition out rebounds Centenary, 39.8 to 30.8. Tubner leads with 34 steals, while Starring follows with 31. Bonham paces Centenary with 5.0 rebounds a contest and 19 total blocks.

Freshman Leo Davis only averages nine minutes a game and again, saw action in just nine minutes on Thursday, but during that time proved to be a pace setter as he tied the game with a deep three at 47-47 in the second half. He finished with a hard-fought five points, career-best two rebounds and three assists.


Bonham secured ninth place on the all-time block list in the double-overtime loss to Louisiana Tech on Dec. 12. He currently has 59 blocks. The Plano, Texas native is coming off a 17-block season just last year and has totaled 19 blocks already this season. He is now striving to catch Lincoln Abrams and George Lett with 60 all-time.

Despite a first half scare against Oral Roberts last Saturday, producing a 0-6 effort from the 3-PT line, Centenary finished the game, knocking down 6-of-21 for 29 percent. The Gents continue to lead the league from behind the arc, hitting 8.3 three-pointers a game in front of SDSU with 7.0 a game. Again, Centenary has drained at least three long balls a game with its most impressive performance coming in a double-overtime loss against Louisiana Tech where they were 20-of-29 for 69 percent and its most recent of eight vs SDSU on Thursday.

With their strong offensive scoring habits in the Gold Dome, it wasn't too much of a surprise when the Gents reached the century mark on Tuesday. Winning 108-65, Centenary was put over the 100-point mark on a rebound and a put back from junior transfer Matt Nichenko, who saw action in his first game since the start of the season. The 108 point total was a season-best as the Gents reached 96 in a double-overtime loss to Louisiana Tech (12/12/09).

HOMECOMING HYPE: "Laissez les Bons Temps Rouler" - "Let the Good Times Roll"
Centenary will be holding special events, reunions, parade and sporting events during Homecoming Weekend, Thursday, January 28 through Sunday, January 31. In addition to the traditional Homecoming activities, the four-day event will be packed with opportunities for the community, alumni and friends to learn about the College help us celebrate our strong ties to the Shreveport and Bossier City communities.

North Dakota State enters Saturday's contest with a 7-13 overall record and a 4-6 stint in league play. The Bison dropped its last contest at Oral Roberts (57-71) on Thursday evening. The 2008-09 Summit League Champions are just 3-7 on the road this season and are allowing their opposition to outscore them, 73.7 to 71.1.

Pacing the Bison offensively is Michael Tveidt with 15.4 ppg. He is followed by Eric Carlson with 15.1 ppg and a team-best 7.2 boards a contest. Also scoring in double-figures for North Dakota State is Josh Vaughan with 14.8 a game.

North Dakota State and Centenary will meet for the seventh time, while the Bison hold a 6-0 record over the Gents since the 2007 season. They met on December 31 of this season as NDSU took a 82-70 win over Centenary in Fargo, ND. In that game, Maxx Nakwaasah, Tubner and Daman Starring all led the Gents with 14 points, while Bonham added 13. Michael Tveidt finished with a game-high 29 points for NDSU.

After wraping up its four-game home stand with North Dakota Statem, Centenary will travel to Oakland on Thursday, February 4 at 6:00 pm and IPFW on Saturday, February 6 at 3:00 pm.