PREVIEW: Gents To Play IPFW on Road
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
ROCHESTER, Mich.-Freshman Matt Marseille had a career-high 20 points as the Centenary men's basketball team played the top-ranked Oakland Golden Grizzlies to a 75-64 loss on Thursday evening in Summit League play.

The Gents (7-16, 2-10 Summit) had three players reach double figures. Behind Marseille was senior Jerrald Bonham with his second career double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds, while freshman Daman Starring added 15 points.

Offensively, the Gents are scoring 71.8 ppg, but are allowing 80.9 ppg from their opposition. Centenary is shooting 41 percent (544-1328) from the floor and averaging 8.1 three-pointers a game. The team is dishing off 13.3 assists per game. Perez is leading the Gents with 16.0 ppg and 83-98 (.847) from the free throw line. Freshman Daman Starring contributes with 11.1 ppg, while junior Roman Tubner adds 10.1 ppg.

Defensively, the Gents are holding their opponents to just 6.8 three-pointers made a game. On the boards, the opposition out rebounds Centenary, 40.2 to 30.7. Tubner and Starring lead the Gents with 37 steals, while senior Jerrald Bonham paces Centenary with 5.0 rebounds a contest and 19 total blocks.

Freshman forward Matt Marseille led Centenary in scoring with a career-high 20 points and pulled down eight rebounds against Oakland on Thursday. It was the second game the true freshman led in scoring. A perfect 9-of-9 from the free throw line was also a career-best.

Senior Jerrald Bonham tallied his second career double-double at Oakland on Thursday. Bonham shot 3-9 from the floor including a three and hit 7-8 from the free throw line for 14 points. He accumlated 10 rebounds, with his last one coming with under a minute to play. His last double-double came in a 108-65 win on Jan. 19 vs SAGU as he finished with 20 points and 10 boards.

Freshman Pedro Maciel took over the top spot for assists among the Gents in an 8-assist effort against Oakland on Thursday. Maciel now leads the team with 60 assists in 22 games played. The Brazil native had his best serving night vs SAGU where he dished off 11 assists in the win.

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 on January 23, 2010, producing an 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 8.1 three-pointers a game in front of SDSU with 7.1 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 six at Oakland on Saturday.

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).

IPFW holds an overall record of 11-11 coming into Saturday's contest with Centenary. The Mastodons are 6-6 in league play and are coming off their second overtime game, however, the last one ended ina 71-68 loss to Oral Roberts on Thursday.

As a team, IPFW is averaging 67.5 ppg and 35.3 boards a contest. Deilvez Yearby paces the Mastodons with 15.1 ppg and 9.0 rebounds. Ben Botts is the only other player with double-figures at 11.6 a game.

Centenary will play IPFW on Saturday for the eighth time since the two teams first met in 2003. The Mastodons hold the all-time series record of 5-2 over the Gents, but Centenary took the win earlier this season in the Gold Dome. In that win, Centenary got a strong shooting performance as Maxx Nakwaasah had a career-high 22 points off the bench. David Perez and Roman Tubner also had double-figure nights at 16 and 13 points respectively. For IPFW, Zach Plackemeier led with 13 points, while Deilvez Yearby had 12. Antwone Snead pulled down a game-best 11 boards.

Following Saturday's contest, Centenary will head home for its last home games of the season as it hosts IUPUI on Thursday at 7:00 pm and Western Illinois on Saturday at 7:30 pm in the Gold Dome.