Gents End Season with 70-67 Heartbreaker at SUU
Sunday, February 28, 2010
CEDAR CITY, Utah-Sophomore scoring leader David Perez led the Centenary men's basketball team with 24 points, however, it wasn't enough as it dropped a heartbreaker to Southern Utah in its final game of the season, 70-63 on Saturday evening in Summit League action.

The Gents (8-21, 3-15 Summit) shot an impressive 58.5 percent (24-41) on the night, while freshmen Pedro Maciel and Daman Starring added 13 and 10 points, respectively to the effort.

Maciel put Centenary up 3-0 early on a lay up and free throw. Three consecutive treys and 11 points by Perez gave the Gents a seven-point advantage (14-7) at the 15:35 mark. Sophomore Maxx Nakwaasah sank a three to put Centenary up by 10 just seconds later.

Southern Utah began chipping away at Centenary's lead with five straight points coming from Davis Baker, making it a three-point contest (19-16) with 13 minutes left.

Starring drained a three to put the Gents back up by six, while freshman Jeron Trotman added six points in three minutes immediately off the bench for an eight-point advantage.

The Thunderbirds finished the half on an 8-4, but still trailed Centenary, 39-35.

Despite going up by seven to open the final 20 minutes of play, Southern Utah responded with a 7-0 run to tie the game at 42-42 with 15:45 remaining.

Centenary maintained a seven-point lead after a 10-3 tilt (52-45), but the Thunderbirds never stopped chipping away as they took their first lead of the half with 8:40 to play at 58-57.

A dramatic final five minutes occurred as Centenary saw itself down by six (67-61) when Nakwaasah and senior Jerrald Bonham had lay ups and Starring sank two clutch free throws to pull within one (68-67) with 46 seconds to go.

However, Baker for Southern Utah laid the ball up for two with 16 seconds to play and that proved to be enough to send the Gents home empty handed.

Southern Utah shot 45.5 percent (25-55), while Baker had a game-high 31 points. Jake Nielson added 12 in the win.

The Gents were out rebounded, 23-32.

This road trip wrapped up the 2009-10 season for Centenary as they finished with an 8-21 overall record and a 3-15 mark in league play.