North Dakota State Too Strong in End for Gents
Sunday, January 31, 2010
SHREVEPORT-Despite continuing to fight until the final buzzer, the Centenary men's basketball team was dropped by North Dakota State, 73-62, on Saturday afternoon in Summit League play.

The Gents (7-15, 2-9 Summit) were led by freshman Matt Marseille with 13 points and sophomore David Perez with 12, falling to 2-9 in league play, while North Dakota State (8-13, 5-6) improved to 5-6 in league action and took both games from Centenary this season.

Centenary and North Dakota State exchanged leads four times before a lay up by Marseille gave the Gents a 9-7 advantage at the 11:05 mark. For five minutes Centenary was able to hold onto its lead on a three by freshman Pedro Maciel and a lay up and free throw by senior Jerrald Bonham.

Strong defense kept Centenary on top until North Dakota State began chipping away at the Gents' lead, hitting back-to-back treys to spark an 11-2 run, which later resulted in a 21-20 advantage for the Bison with six minutes to play.

Freshman Jeron Trotman and junior Roman Tubner combined for five straight points, while Centenary produced an 8-2 tilt to go ahead by five. North Dakota State finished the final two minutes with five points, holding the Gents scoreless to tie the game at halftime, 28-28.

A deep three by Marseille opened up the second half, but five lay ups and a few jumpers for North Dakota State put the Bison up by as many as eight (46-38). Freshman Daman Starring and Tubner trimmed the lead to three on consecutive baskets.

It was North Dakota State's leading scorer, Michael Tveidt, who put together his own 8-0 run to give the Bison a quick 11-point lead (55-44) with six minutes to play.

Centenary was held without a field goal for eight minutes as Starring hit a jumper at the 11:20 mark and Trotman scored with a lay up to narrow the deficit to nine (58-49).

Forced to foul, the Gents allowed North Dakota State to gain a 13-point advantage, before Marseille drained a three and connected on a three-point play after a lay up and a foul to pull within nine (66-57).

The Bison continued to make free throws down the stretch, but a three from the top of the key by Perez kept the game interesting with under a minute to play (71-62).

Centenary finished the afternoon with a 39 percent (22-56) performance from the floor, while the Bison were much better at 53 percent (24-45). Eric Carlson had a game-best 17 points to lead the Bison, while Tveidt finished with 14. Josh Vaughan and Nate Zastrow contributed with 13 and 10 respectively.

Despite falling, the Gents were better in the paint (28-26), off turnovers (17-8) and second-chance points (4-3) and also forced the Bison into 18 turnovers on five steals.

The Gents will travel to Oakland on Thursday for a 6:00 pm start time.