Gents Suffer Loss at UMKC
Friday, February 26, 2010
KANSAS CITY, Mo.-All five starters reach double-figures for the Centenary men's basketball team, however it wasn't enough as UMKC took an 83-69 win over the Gents on Thursday evening in Summit League action.

The Gents (8-20, 3-14) were led offensively by freshman Daman Starring with 14 points, while classmate Pedro Maciel added 13. Senior Jerrald Bonham chipped in with 12, while sophomores David Perez and Maxx Nakwaasah had 10 apiece.

Centenary went up 7-2 on three jumpers, two of which came from Bonham and a free throw. However, UMKC would respond and take an 11-7 lead on seven straight points with 15:40 to play.

A dunk by freshman Matt Marseille, a jumper by Bonham and a free throw by Perez narrowed it to a four-point game (16-12). Freshman Pedro Maciel drained a three to trim the Kangaroos' lead to one with 12:30 remaining. 

UMKC would hit five consecutive points to go up by four (23-19) until Bonham and Maciel combined for Centenary's next four, tying the game at 23-23 midway through the half.

The Gents regained its early lead at the 7:40 mark with a 25-23 advantage on a Marseille jumper. Though, the lead didn't last long as UMKC's Spencer Johnson sank a three for a 28-25 lead.

Centenary would find itself struggling with three consecutive turnovers, allowing Kangaroo Latreze Mushatt to score the next five points for UMKC for a 35-27 lead with 3:30 to play.

The Gents saw themselves down by 10 (42-32) with 1:30 to play, before they finished on a 4-0 run to end the half, down 42-36.

Just 15 seconds into the second half, Perez sinks a lay up, though UMKC hit a jumper in their next possession.

Both teams were held scoreless until the Kangaroos scored to go up 46-38 at the 17:15 mark. A jumper by Maciel trimmed the lead to eight (48-40), though back-to-back treys by UMKC's Bakari Lewis gave the Kangaroos a 12-point lead (54-42).

Centenary junior Roman Tubner calmed the scoring threat on a lay up for a 54-44 game with 12:40 remaining. After UMKC went up by 13, Starring laid the ball up, while Nakwaasah drained a trey to pull within 10 (70-60) with four minutes to play.

UMKC proved to be too strong in the end as it maintained a solid lead until the final buzzer.

Centenary shot 40.4 percent (23-57), while UMKC was slightly better at 44.6 percent (25-56). For the Kangaroos, Jay Couisnard led all scorers with 22 points, while Johnson added 19. Mushatt finished the night with a double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds.

The Gents were out rebounded, 44-25 as Perez led Centenary with six boards, while Marseille pulled down four.

Centenary will head to Southern Utah on Saturday for its final game of the 2009-10 season in an 8:30 pm (ct) tip-off.