Gents Challenged at No. 19 Memphis, Fall 104-40 in Season Debut
Saturday, November 13, 2010
MEMPHIS, Tenn- The Centenary men's basketball team and first-year head coach Adam Walsh were challenged in their season debut as they faced No. 19 Memphis, falling 104-40 on Friday evening in the first game of the Global Sports Challenge.

Playing in front of a crowd of 17,792 fans at the FedEx Forum, Centenary (0-1) would quickly be tested with a sharp-shooting Memphis (1-0) squad who connected on 55 percent from the field to the Gents 26 percent.

Although the Gents were able to hang with the Tigers initially, Memphis, with one of the top recruiting classes in the nation, pulled away quickly and managed to carry its early lead into a balanced attack over the course of the game.

The Tigers had the first points of the game with a made three-pointer at the 19:01 mark, however the Gents were able to answer back with a made bucket by senior Roman Tubner.  Unfortunately, Centenary was not able to trade buckets throughout the entire game as the fast-paced Tigers kept the lead and ran with it.

Memphis shot well behind the three-point arc, making the first four attempts.  Centenary was only able to get six points on the board throughout the first sixteen minutes of the game, suffering from a 21-0 early run by Memphis.

Freshman Quin Cooper put a halt to the run with two made free throws at the 7:49 mark, making him 4-4 from behind the stripe, while fellow newcomer Logan Lowery continued to create offense putting in 2 points for a 4-0 run for Centenary.

For the remainder of the first half, the Gents found the most success in their free-throws, making all 9-9 for a perfect first half at the line.  Along with Cooper, Tubner and sophomore Travis Sims remained consistent, both shooting 2-2 each.

The Gents shot 5-24 in the first half for a 20.8 field goal percentage while the Tigers shot 58.6 percent going 17-29.  

The Gents were out rebounded 12-20, recording only 4 offensive rebounds.

Memphis led 52-20 at the half.

The second half began with somewhat of the same intensity as the first few minutes of the game, however this time around; the Gents were able to continue the pattern for a little bit longer.

With a couple of fast break buckets made by Tubner and junior Maxx Nakwaasah, things looked up positive for Centenary.

Shortly after, however the Tigers were able to capitalize on multiple turnovers by the Gents, once again pulling away quickly, leading by over fifty with eight minutes to play in the second half.  The Tigers' momentum was too much for the Gents as Centenary was only able to capitalize on ten points for the majority of the second half.

Although the Gents found some positivity in rebounding, fast breaks, and defense, turnovers and missed shot attempts would prove costly.  Young and thriving, turnovers made the difference, as Centenary turned the ball over 28 times throughout the game.

Falling short, the Gents were out rebounded 40 to 28.  Trotman led the way for Centenary with 5 rebounds.

Leading the way on the scoreboard for the Gents was Tubner, Trotman, and Lowery with 6 points each. 

The game ended with Memphis having scored 104 points and Centenary with 40 points.

Although the season opener for the Gents proved to be a difficult one, Walsh found some positivity when confronted after the game in regard to his freshmen class.  Fourteen players saw action on his roster, giving them much needed game experience.

"Some of them learned a lot, and some of them played the hardest of anyone on the team. We have to take that as a positive. They're going to be the ones with us for a while and help us out later in the year. The more experience they got tonight, it'll help us later," said Walsh.

The Gents will return to action when they travel to Tennessee-Martin on Monday, November 15 for a 7 pm CT contest in Martin, Tennessee.