Gents Shoot Well, Battle Tough IUPUI Team to Loss
Friday, February 12, 2010
SHREVEPORT-Despite an impressive and strong second-half run by the Centenary men's basketball team, IUPUI proved to be a little too solid inside, as the Gents fell 88-77 to the Jaguars on Thursday evening in Summit League action.

The Gents (8-17, 3-11 Summit) had five players reach double-figures, led by sophomore David Perez with 16 points, all of which came in the second half. Freshman Matt Marseille and sophomore Maxx Nakwaasah each chipped in with 13, while freshmen Daman Starring and Jeron Trotman added 12 to the mix.

Nakwaasah gave Centenary an early 5-4 lead on a lay up and three within the first three minutes. A jumper by Starring followed however IUPUI took over the lead on another basket in the paint, denying the Gents an advantage the rest of the half.

Centenary put together a 6-3 run on lay ups by freshmen Trotman, Pedro Maciel and Starring for it best look at retaking over the lead. A 15-15 game, the Jaguars powered their way to a 12-2 tilt for a 27-17 lead with six minutes to play.

Back to back treys by Nakwaasah and Maciel made it a six-point game at 29-23, but IUPUI quickly responded with two long balls of its own to go up by 10 (35-25).

Both teams held each other scoreless for the final three minutes before IUPUI's Billy Pettiford connected on a three-point play to end the first half on top, 38-25.

The Jaguars came out shooting in the second half, sinking three straight three-pointers to extend its lead to 20 (47-27).

The inside game continued to haunt Centenary throughout the early part of the second half as IUPUI scored six points between two treys by Perez. Trotman and freshman Leo Davis added a little spark, narrowing the Gents deficit to 17 (57-40) after combining for seven points off the bench.

Perez sank a deep trey from the right side and hit a mid-ranger jumper to keep the Gents within reach at 16 (65-47) with just under eight minutes to play. IUPUI's size gave them a 22-point advantage before Trotman scored three off a lay up and a free throw.

Starring's two lay ups sparked a 9-0 run by Centenary to challenge IUPUI late in the game to a 13-point contest as Marseille, Maciel and Perez all contributed. The Gents held the Jaguars scoreless for three minutes before IUPUI hit two charity shots.

Again, lay ups by Starring and Nakwaasah stayed within 12 (82-70) before having to force late fouls. With that, the Jaguars hit two, but Perez sank another deep trey to make it an 84-73 game.

Centenary shot an overall solid 50 percent (29-58) from the field, but IUPUI had a career-best shooting night at 70 percent (30-43) from the floor.

The Jaguars were led by Alex Young's 30 points, while Robert Glenn had 24 and Jon Avery added 13.

The Gents out rebounded IUPUI, 27-23 as Nakwaasah had a game-best nine boards, one shy of his second consecutive double-double.

"We fought back and were much more aggressive in the second half. I like the way we played late in the game," said head coach Greg Gary.

Centenary will return to action on Saturday at 7:30 pm against Western Illinois.