Gents Produce Scoring Run in End, but Fall at ORU
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
TULSA, Okla.-The Centenary men's basketball team ended on a 13-1 scoring effort, but it wasn't enough as the Gents fell victim to a strong Oral Roberts' offense, dropping Tuesday night's Summit League contest, 76-56.

The Gents (8-19, 3-13 Summit) were led offensively by freshman Daman Starring with 13 points, while sophomore Maxx Nakwaasah narrowly missed a double-double with 11 points and nine boards.

Centenary jumped out to a 3-0 lead after Nakwaasah's lay up and an early free throw by senior Jerrald Bonham, however Oral Roberts wouldn't allow the Gents to extend their lead much more as it produced a 13-2 run, leaving Centenary trailing 13-5 with 15 minutes to play in the opening half.

The Gents got three consecutive treys from freshman Matt Marseille and two from Starring, along with a lay up from Bonham that eventually tied the game at 13-13.

Marseille gave Centenary its largest lead of four (21-17) midway through the half. It followed by the exchange of baskets by either team. After another Starring three, ORU used an 11-0 tilt to challenge the Gents offensively, going up 35-29 with four minutes left in the first half.

After a Nakwaasah lay up, the Golden Eagles ended the opening 20 minutes with six straight, including four free throws to take a 45-28 lead into halftime.

Nakwaasah and freshman Pedro Maciel combined for four points to narrow ORU's lead to 17 (49-32) as the second half began. However, Centenary was haunted by a five minute scoring drought as ORU scored 10 consecutive points.

Sophomore David Perez's lay up ended the threat, but Centenary saw itself down by 25 (59-34) with 13:45 to play. The Golden Eagles continued to shoot well, going up by as many as 36 with 9:45 left, but a three by freshman David Swartz triggered a needed scoring effort by the Gents.

Centenary held ORU without a basket for four minutes and began chipping away at the large lead, finishing the game on a 13-1 run, while hitting five-of-six from the charity stripe.

The Gents shot 34 percent (18-53) from the floor. Behind Starring and Nakwaasah in scoring was Bonham with eight, while Swartz and Marseille finished with seven.

ORU shot an impressive 51.8 percent (29-56) from the field, led by Kevin Ford with a game-best 21 points. Warren Niles added 17 points and Dominique Morrison chipped in with 16.

Centenary was out rebounded by just four, 36-32.

The Gents will be off the rest of the week before traveling to play UMKC on February 25 at 7:05 pm.